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  1. Yeah, I am 18 years into the pension. I would...

    Yeah, I am 18 years into the pension. I would hate to interrupt my years of service at this point. Have nothing against non-union and my wife has better insurance than me.
  2. Chiller Mechanics-Job Market around Texas Cities

    Hello All,

    I am currently in the East Texas area along the coast; and may have to relocate to assist wife with her career. Maybe in a year or so. Maybe not. What are the markets like for...
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    Also I think it is funny how we as a union ( the...

    Also I think it is funny how we as a union ( the UA) would like to expand and get more members to sign up, but then others in above posts refer to people as "Scabs" or "Union in name only." Maybe...
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    I was issued one of these cards when I started. ...

    I was issued one of these cards when I started. It means Division Vocation Journeyman --Mechanical Equipment Serviceman. I was promptly told by a more knowledgeable person in union matters after a...
  5. Of course there has been a few rumors that they...

    Of course there has been a few rumors that they are for sale. Dont know how true this is.... but with their new philosophy of only taking high-margin work; they have lost a lot of techs,...
  6. I like Air1 have an Associates in HVAC and...

    I like Air1 have an Associates in HVAC and Electronics. The Electronics has served me well because i always never seem to have problems on the advancing edge of new technology in our field. But the...
  7. You are absolutely right. If you give them your...

    You are absolutely right. If you give them your number after you have gone, and they choose not to contact you, leave them alone. The key is the ex employee is bugging the customer. If you gave...
  8. They are trying a one size fits all in all...

    They are trying a one size fits all in all markets. In southern AZ, if some's street rates are already at 130, then Carrier will do well. In the Texas market, price is still king. Most cannot get...
  9. It's all about taxes and Cost of Living. I pay...

    It's all about taxes and Cost of Living. I pay Fed Inc Tax. No State Inc tax. No Local Inc Tax. 6.25% State sales tax; 2% Local Sales; 1000 a year property taxes. Compare that to New York,...
  10. Thread: head hunters

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    Great advice! get it in writing! Oh if only I...

    Great advice! get it in writing! Oh if only I had done that when I was younger.
  11. Thread: head hunters

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    Yes, and sometimes I say "you cant afford me." ...

    Yes, and sometimes I say "you cant afford me." They say yes we can. I tell them what it would take and then they agree. But in the ever-changing environment down here, companies are changing...
  12. It is my personal view that it is ethically wrong...

    It is my personal view that it is ethically wrong to wear the uniform of a current company, and discuss your leaving said company and try to bring them over to your new company. That being said,...
  13. They went paperless and GPS. Technology did a...

    They went paperless and GPS. Technology did a lot of it.
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    No not for him really. But I did have a boss who...

    No not for him really. But I did have a boss who was tired of a contract admin holding payment due to gate time bc of supply house. He ordered me to call a hotshot and wait. It worked. Trying to...
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    Thank you for your service. My son is...

    Thank you for your service. My son is Afghanistan right now and i cant wait until he comes home. As for your post, all of the degreed professions you mentioned, think they are going to die when...
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    Man, this guy must have to hire an extra...

    Man, this guy must have to hire an extra accountant to keep track of your time and wages!

    I have had customers at plants that didnt want to pay for you to go get supllies/parts. Badged in gate...
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    Many companies use this as a "try you before they...

    Many companies use this as a "try you before they buy you" program. Be careful, after you have proven yourself and can keep up with any journeyman; make sure they get your card changed to BTJ...
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    New Hampshire? I hear it's beautiful up there. ...

    New Hampshire? I hear it's beautiful up there. What do they pay? Do they discriminate against guys with Texas Accents?
  19. Carrier is restructuring it's service. They are...

    Carrier is restructuring it's service. They are going to a hub and spoke concept. I dont know about Florida, but in most of the country they are modernizing their operations and just having central...
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    NH3 is right. Some of my screws operate at 50...

    NH3 is right. Some of my screws operate at 50 psi above discharge, and some with part time oil pumps, using condenser pressure to feed the oil. All depends on your equipment. At least the oil is...
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    In Texas, it means the free market rules. You...

    In Texas, it means the free market rules. You get paid what the market dictates you get paid, union or not. The only difference is the union provides training, and better insurance, and better...
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    The Chemical Plants are the same way. They allow...

    The Chemical Plants are the same way. They allow 10-20% parts markup. One major one even requires copies of your supply house reciepts, and then they negotiate the rates well below street rates. ...
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    I agree with zw17 above. About the order of...

    I agree with zw17 above. About the order of profitability. From the techs view, the large process chillers inspire more loyalty in customers and more pay for the tech. But many times, the margin...
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    They do too believe in voter ID! You have to...

    They do too believe in voter ID! You have to show one 3 times to get in to their convention to vote to nominate Obama!
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    One of my kids and I were listening to Pearl...

    One of my kids and I were listening to Pearl Jam's Yellow Ledbetter. He said wow that' s a good song, which album is it on? I told him it wasn't on an album but was on the Jeremy CD maxi single. A...
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