My father was a union pioneer (New York) in the 1930’s. He paid dues until the day he died. His last check was collected by the local union rep, written from his hospital bed. After the funeral I went to the local union hall to get all his paperwork taken care of. It was from the business agent that I learned about his early union involvement. While the agent was on the phone with union headquarters, his face turned red and handed me the phone. I was told that my father was NOT in good standing and therefore there were no medical or death benefits. It appeared that their rep had cashed and used the checks to bail his son out of jail in another state. I was told that the union was not legally responsible for the criminal actions of their reps. I pulled out my card and laid it on the desk telling the embarrassed business agent what the union could do with my membership. Later, a letter arrived that I still owed them a ‘withdrawal fee’, which was returned with just a one finger salute drawn on it. A week later, an inactive membership card came in the mail.
So Phoney, it appears that your little membership booklet is just a piece of paper. The union determines the rules as they see fit. You don’t tell them, they tell you. So good luck with defending your union. I hope it turns out better for you than my dad.
"...sewage plants would risk toxic materials getting into waterways..." The EPA has known for the last 35 years that superbugs, e-coli, salmonella, MRSA, and other infectious diseases do not die during sewer treatment and eventually wind up in drinking water . They simply enter a dormant state (VBNC), only to revive later. Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) from WWTPs are also contaminating drinking water, rivers and streams. The problem is with the lower temperature bacteria being used to treat waste water (mesophilic) instead of the higher temperature (thermophilic) process.
Frack water, especially if pre-treated with the Ecosphere's process, is the least of our worries about contamination.