After working for a low wage at a non union hvac company for about a year I am really looking into going union. I have been accepted for an opportunity to get 6 months of free training through a Veterans training program and enter Peoples Gas as a Utility worker. Only problem is that the 6 months is NOT PAID!! But with $24.00 per hour starting wage, pension, 401k and more, I think it will be worth the sacrifice.
Option 2 is a job as a construction laborer for the city of chicago working on a huge project replacing the entire water main system in the city. 2 year apprenticeship starting at $22 per hour topping out at $35 per hour+ pension, benefits and paid ojt.
I have 2 weeks to decide, any advice, ideas, or experiences with either?