posted on Dec, 26 2005 @ 06:44 PM
Well, I'm not a mason, but many of the men in my family are, and a few of the less reputable members of my family have not been welcome in that
organization. My father always told me "you'll never meet a good mason who isn't a good man, but that doesn't mean that all masons are good masons
either." I've generally got a pretty high view of them, and I've even considered going to inquire about their organization and see what exactly it
is that their fellowship does for a man.
So I'm not "in the know", and I don't know exactly how prevalent Masons are. What I do know is that I've run into a lot of them in the two unions
I've worked in. I've worked out of 4 locals in 2 different trades- the Business Agents at each one are Masons, and one of those is the brother of
the president of the union. That's only counting the ones who I could identify by their rings.
I can also say however that I've never been denied any advantage because of not being a Mason. My brothers and I are all good union men and hard
workers, and that was enough for our BA. When there was a meeting, we showed up. When there was a picket, we asked if they wanted us there. When there
was a political activity, we volunteered. None of we three are Masons, but that never hurt us.
I see very little evidence for the idea that not being a Mason makes you "a small fish", at least in those organizations where I have encountered
Masons in positions of authority.