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Old 08-29-2008, 05:07 AM   #1
 
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Hello, I am a U.S. Marine getting out of the service in Dec. I want to join up with the union. I went to a 2 year vocational school and I am an electronics technician in the Corps, so I am hoping I will make a competative candidate. I am from Cleveland, OH and have been looking at local 38. Seems like a good union that pays great, but Cleveland isn't doing too hot. I am worried about work dropping off. I am also considering Richmond with local 666 or somewhere else east coast wise. Maybe I am wrong but it doesn't look like many places pay as well as Cleveland and still have such a low cost of living. Any ideas or comments are appreciated, Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2008, 06:35 AM   #2
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Welcome aboard brother. I have no ideas about the cost of living in Ohio at all. I would call both halls and talk to the BAs and see what they have to say about the foreseeable future. Also ask about the helmets to hard hats program. I went right into my local out of the Corps back in 86, there were many vets there at the time and it was a smooth transition.
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Welcome to the forum! RK pretty much summed it up.
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I am an ohio guy and let me tell ya, we have been getting our butts kicked the last 8 years. It's not a pretty picture. I can't think of a worse off state then Ohio.

West Virginia has been carrying Ohio electricians the last few years. You may want to check them out. Huntington looks like it's still the 1800's but Charleston seems to be a booming metropolis.

If there are no limitations on where you can settle, the east coast may be best. Cost a lot to live there though.

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Semper Fi brother, welcome aboard. NY and NJ always have work for reliable people. The cost of living is very high in some places but easier in others not so far away, maybe a county or two.
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Thanks for the replies and Semper Fi to my Marine Brothers. I am even more confident I should shy away from Ohio now. Guess it doesn't matter, they could pay me a million dollars an hour, but if theres no work, no ones' getting paid anything. I think I will start with Richmond, maybe try Raleigh next and I heard NJ was pretty good as well. The east coast is where I want to be.
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Thanks for the replies and Semper Fi to my Marine Brothers. I am even more confident I should shy away from Ohio now. Guess it doesn't matter, they could pay me a million dollars an hour, but if theres no work, no ones' getting paid anything. I think I will start with Richmond, maybe try Raleigh next and I heard NJ was pretty good as well. The east coast is where I want to be.
I have a LU 666 sticker on my hardhat. Meet a guy who was traveling and that was his home local. His Wife works for Boeing and was transferred out here was the only reason he left. He said that 666 treated him great!

Oh BTW Welcome aboard but I dont know if forum can handle many more Marines. Go ARMY
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I'm in North Jersey out of local 164 Essex,Bergen and Hudson counties. The work here has been slow but really picked up in the last few months. Actually prospects look great for the next few years at least. I think we have a nice balance of cost of living to wage ratio.
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Thanks for all the info. I am really looking forward to getting into this field.
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