Seriously thinking about it. Please tell me your story.
Circa 1982. Was working for an ABC shop, crappy work, crappy pay was making $7:10 per hour as a second year.Seriously thinking about it. Please tell me your story.
IBEW is great if you like to work in the city. Unless there is a contractor near you that is a union shop, or you want to move to the city aka GTA, work is going to be scarce up north. I live about a 1 1/2hr north from the GTA and there was rarely work close to home. I traveled for 4 hours a day (traffic is horrendous), to work for 8 hours for 7 years. Eventually left for a lower paying job but I now travel 1hr a day and I have way less stress.I work in a non union shop as 5th year (am in 3rd level school now) and am making 25 bucks in rural Ontario with no benefits or anything so I figure a union or the IBEW would probably be better than this. Also pretty well always working 55-60 hour weeks so very little time off. Just wondering what else is out there.
We had IBEW come in and visit us at trade school, the two guys they sent turned me off really quickly. One guy talked about all the paid time off he received while going through a divorce and the other one said the worst thing we can do on a job is work hard. He said his reasoning for that opinion is the job gets done faster the employer makes more money then they don’t need you after and lay you off. Having worked on our family farm most of my life I could not share those values regarding work ethic.Union as in IBEW? or some other union? You really have to see what each is offering - just like with open shops. Unions tend to do better on the bennies and pension aspects.
I initially left the IBEW because an open shop was offering me a better deal overall. My current union does even better. YMMV.