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  1. #1
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    How many tries before you got into the union?

    Hi,

    I applied to get into UA a few months ago. I did well on the test and the interview, but I didn't get in this time. I plan on reapplying next time.

    It seems to be pretty competitive right now. I see people with mechanical engineering degrees trying to become pipefitters because they can't find work.

    For those in the union, how many tries did it take before you finally got in? Just curious.

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    That depends on where you live.
    I STARTED WITH NOTHING, AND I STILL HAVE MOST OF IT!

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    Took me 2 tries. I work with a guy who took 5 tries

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    First shot.
    Your poor planning does not constitute an emergency on my part!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by absrbrtek View Post
    First shot.
    I've talked with Frank Belosi, took Jerry Duff'y test before he retired, and I have made dozens of calls to various 420 contractors. No spark yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    I've talked with Frank Belosi, took Jerry Duff'y test before he retired, and I have made dozens of calls to various 420 contractors. No spark yet...
    The Philly side of the union is a joke. They or so lazy. I had to get in on the jersey side. I made one phone call to local 9 newjersey and got tested in and was working with a union contractor in a few weeks. This is after years of dealing with Frank and COUNTLESS phone calls and getting the run around from the 420 guys. They dont care enough.
    Since i have been in local 9 i have still called Frank about switching over to 420 since i live about 10 minutes from the 420 hall. And i am still getting the run around from him about bull...

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    Tried UA last year and didn't make it.

    Got in Sheet Metal Workers first try this year.

  9. #9
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    638B here in NYC after th 45th day working for new guys you have to be placed in the union,and the training that follows....they sometimes ask you a trick question like "who's buried in Grants Tomb"..........."Who discoverd the Hudson River"
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5YcOeQB4I

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    First try after applying with a union contractor.

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    Local # 250

    I got in because nobody would work for this service manager and he despretely need help so I got a work permit from the local and was eventually acceped as a journeyman. Boy he was a SOB to work for.
    Retired with 27 years in U.A.

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    I've only worked for one union shop... and your mileage may vary, but it's one too many so far.

    1st try too...
    "If you call that hard work, a koala’s life would look heroic."

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_griff View Post
    The Philly side of the union is a joke. They or so lazy. I had to get in on the jersey side. I made one phone call to local 9 newjersey and got tested in and was working with a union contractor in a few weeks. This is after years of dealing with Frank and COUNTLESS phone calls and getting the run around from the 420 guys. They dont care enough.
    Since i have been in local 9 i have still called Frank about switching over to 420 since i live about 10 minutes from the 420 hall. And i am still getting the run around from him about bull...
    I'm hoping to get in on a direct hire from a 420 contractor.

    Any guys who know of 420 openings, send me a private message through the site.
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