Sorry for the lag response, SAT man had the net down, I stated that because this is our situation: Our Pipelaying barge is going to that area to do a job and we will be working with the union, we are taking on as many union hands as we can work, but the remaining specialty job positions will still be done by inhouse personnel (non-union hands). So in that context, our company is providing us a 40% bonus, but at the same time expect us to pay the Mass state tax of 5.3%, cutting it down to 34.7% roughly. Yes, the option to file and get all the state tax back is available, so with that it still could be 40%... As to your other questions, I am not licensed, but do have 20 years experience in electrical/electronics, see Welcome mat... So at that 40%, it would bring my scale up to $30.00hr which is still $8.57 below even the base scale info provided by Yanici, not mention to look at the total package of $58.42hr. This is what the companys sale on this was, this 40% would bring our pay up to approximately the same as the union hands we will be working with... But at the same time, when we asked for proof of this, they will NOT provide the detailed union pay scale for the crafts, which is for Local 25, marine division... They also said that the reason that the amount was lower than previous bonuses was because that Local 25s hands had not seen as many raises as we have had, more bull****... Now we can look at it as this opportunity does give us more money than we would be making in the Gulf of Mex. and be happy... But, to me, the company should not have tried to bull**** us in to thinking that we are going to be equal to their scale... Our company is on a schedule basis, so keeping the key employees is beneficial to the timeline, and that is why they try to smooth things over, instead of laying down the law, and pissing us off... And yes there are many other jobs available, as you all know, but I have been with this company for 6 years, and gotten tired quick of the shutdown routine... So back to the issue, with this info, what do you think is fair??? Provided that we do live in the south and have a lower cost of living. At the same time, I know of many hands that travel to the north just for the gravy as I was a previous IBEW hand myself... And on top of it all most of the union hands that do will be showing up to help will be from the south, because the northern hands already have positions... So looking at it for me losing $800 to $1000 a week is a little steep... Thoughts???