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Does anyone work for local 26? I have some questions about it. I have an offer to work there. I`m in a tricky situation with my non union apprenticeship. I could use advice from anyone who joined from a non union apprenticeship.
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your options:

1) finish your apprenticeship and take your masters, then join the union as a journeyman

2) join the union now - I would be surprised if they give you any credit for your 2+ yrs, but who knows. you will get better training in the union anyway.

either way, just make sure that all your hours are documented. you can take your MD masters once you have your hours, regardless of whether you are a helper, apprentice, A card, whatever. And you can deal with that when it happens (you don't have to tell anyone anything until suits you).
 

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so lets say you get $25/hour for 2 years or longer at what AP2 wages are.

Full rate (your in Maryland) its prolly in the low-mid 40's

there are ~2000 work hours in a year. so that ~20$/hr your giving up.

your giving up ~$40,000 a year pre-tax....Get the maximum amount you can don't leave real money on the table.
 

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There would be a 0% chance they would make him an AJ with only three years experience and no license.

Not knowing his skill level but he would be best served to go through the apprenticeship
if I had joined, they were going to make me an R-4. The problem is that I have OJT hours that weren't allowed to be documented in my non union apprenticeship. I also had gaps of unemployment during my 3 years, so I only really have 2 total years in electrical. I would've been an R-5 with 3 full years. I will also have 3 full years of schooling next month. Since I didn't have the OJT hours, they couldn't put me right info the union apprenticeship. I wouldn't had to do the interview process, and hope that I got in. They said that I would also have to pay half for school. I always thought that apprentice paid for school through union dues. Either way, I pay half of my schooling now. With those missing OJT hours, I would've come into the apprenticeship as a 1st year apprentice, going into my 2nd year again. With there being no sure thing that I'd get into the apprenticeship, I decided to to hold off joining the union until next year.
 

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It is a process to get in. A lot of guys get discouraged and stop short.

Taking the aptitude test and interview all the way through can take months.

The R program is a joke and just a way to under pay labor. The apprenticeship is where you want to be.

If you are serious start the process as soon as you can by taking the test. They are short on man power now, it really is a good time to apply. Once you are in and follow the program you will be set for 5 years of steady employment. At the end you will be well trained and always have that golden ticket to make a good living.
 

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It is a process to get in. A lot of guys get discouraged and stop short.

Taking the aptitude test and interview all the way through can take months.

The R program is a joke and just a way to under pay labor. The apprenticeship is where you want to be.

If you are serious start the process as soon as you can by taking the test. They are short on man power now, it really is a good time to apply. Once you are in and follow the program you will be set for 5 years of steady employment. At the end you will be well trained and always have that golden ticket to make a good living.
I don't think it makes sense for me to pretty much start over. I'm already halfway through my apprenticeship. I'll re-apply after a year. That would put me right where I really should be.
 

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Do as you see fit, but just curious as to where you think another year will put you as far as the union is concerned?
I was told that if I had just 3 more months worth of OJT, I would be an R-5. I could also skip past the interview process and right into 3rd year, like I will be next August. With a full year of time, I'd be well over the hours. I just don't want to be held back.
 

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I don't know how they do it there, but here no matter how much school you have you are not getting in anywhere but the bottom. The exception would be if you came in with a contractor. Even then you may only make the CE/CW program. 98% of guys that have their journeymen's card out of our hall went through the apprenticeship.

I had to make the same decision thirty years ago. Without knowing anyone, I thought it was best to get my foot in the door going through the "B" program. I already had five years in the trade with four years of school. Now I would have to do it all over again. But I was on my way instead of crossing my fingers and wishing to get in through the "A" program. I still had to do most of the "A" apprenticeship after I changed over. It was going to take 7 years instead of 4. Back then the apprenticeship was four years.

Today it is pretty much the same. The contractors today need another program besides the A more than ever. You will read on here all the time how a union guy is at a disadvantage starting out on his own. Your R program is just another way for a guy starting out to make it. We can't all be chiefs, and personally I don't think a guy is worth $100 an hour after only five years.

In the grand scheme of things my "B" time was a drop in the bucket. It was a two dollar raise from where I was with an industrial contractor. Because of my experience I also got bumped up to B foreman rate for most of my time. That was close to fourth year A apprentice rate. The pension credits and health care was all the same between A and B. I am very happy with the way things worked out for me.

Hopefully things will work out for you. Good luck with your decision.
 

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Here is the deal (most likely).

1. They will bring him in the "R" program.
2. He will make the same or more that he is being paid now.
3. He will take one year of "R" school.
4.He can sign up for the upgrade program and get in the "A" through the back door.


I have been with local 26 for 40 years and have brought a lot of open shop men into the local. DO IT NOW, no matter the short term pay; the benefits and long term wages will beat ALMOST anything you can do open shop.
 
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