What are the Pros and Cons of being a Union Electrical Contractor?
I'm in rural northwest North Dakota, looking to get my Masters' License soon and begin my own electrical contracting company. I plan to focus on plant work in the area. I'm in the middle of oil country, with a natural gas plant 5 miles from my house, an oil refinery beginning construction next summer 35 miles away, and a few other bio-diesel, ethanol, and power plants within an hour or two. My goal is to obtain work with a couple of these plants for expansion and maintenance.
Finding quality help is a real struggle for electrical contractors in the area (my father is one of them), especially in this rural setting. That makes me want to lean toward being union.
I would really appreciate some comments on the pros and cons of being a union contractor.