I’m a 3rd year apprentice (about to be 4th!!) out of Harrisburg, PA Local 143
Hello Brothers! I am a third year apprentice (soon to be 4th) out of Harrisburg, PA Local 143. It took me several years, two interviews, and pursuit of electrical training outside of the JATC before I was finally accepted into the program. I am loving what I do on a daily basis and have learned some great mechanical skills, a thorough understanding of the theories and principals of electricity, and the skills needed to develop into a true craftsman! I feel I have finally found my career calling; however, my wife is a career enlisted servicewoman who recently was forced to take a new position in Hayward, CA. Due to a lack of qualified applicants for a position that needed filled in CA, her credentials and evaluations were auto forwarded after a nationwide search and she was chosen for the position. I have never been out to the west coast and I am excited for a new adventure, but, I love my new-found career and am concerned that I won't get accepted for transfer to a Bay area local. I feel as though I am finally beginning to truly come into my own as an electrician and would hate to lose the opportunity to finish my training due to such an unforeseen circumstance. Upon a recent visit out to the Bay Area, my wife informed me that her new unit is located in Hayward (Alameda County Local 595W) but may be relocated to Moffet Air Force Base (Santa Clara County Local 332) within the next couple of years. Therefore, these two locals would seem to be logical choices for transfer to. The problem lies in deciding which local(s) to apply to. Information on comparative wages, apprenticeship agreements and benefits for Bay Area locals seem virtually impossible to find and we are having a hard time deciding where we should focus our housing search. We absolutely love what we've seen of the Santa Clara County area and would like to make it our home, but, are unsure we would ever be able to afford to buy a house in that county. Alameda isn't a bad county either and has a more affordable housing market but (I believe) lower wages. Can someone/anyone help me to make some sense of this situation and my best course of action? Wages & benefits for 332 vs.595W? Chances of getting transfer accepted in each? I heard there is a compact amongst all the Bay Area locals and that workers are swapped frequently? Does this mean I can (officially or unofficially) live in a local where housing is affordable but be a member of teh neighboring local that pays better and carries beter benefits? Any help or insight into this matter would be HUGELY appreciated! Thanks in advance my fellow brothers for any direction you can offer.