born and raised in so cal, grew up in a union household. This is not my definition of a ‘scab.’ @jbtam99’s definition is what is commonly known as a ‘scab.’
I also don’t make fun of people who ‘work on non-union boats for shitty wages’ as a pastime. I’ve been around long enough to know that we all eat shit but once in a while get to choose our flavor. I’m not too privy with deep sea union contracts, but I am informed on union tug contract wages around here. It’s very hit and miss. Some places have good contracts and some have bad ones. I know some union tug captains that have worse benefits and pay than I do, and I’m currently non-union and not running a tugboat.
The right union with the right contract certainly has its perks. If it’s your preference to sail union and bad mouth non-union that’s fine. Just don’t get all butt hurt when someone decides to disagree with you. Both sides of the coin have pros and cons.