Just out of curiosity I contacted local 250. Long story and an hour long test later...
I've landed an apprenticeship with a controls contractor.
I won't say what I'm being paid but its significantly more than a 1st yr apprentice. I have 5 yrs of schooling 2 nights a week to look forward to.
Oh, the school in anaheim is closing after this semester (5 minutes from home...)
It's been an incredibly hard decision as I make good $$ where I'm at plus lots of little perks, however the education is something that cannot be taken away from me, ever.
I never considered myself "pro" or "anti" union, so we'll see what happens from here.
Make sure you ask about whats your pay scale is going to be after the apprenticeship, they have different brackets per union classification(btj,mes etc)