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    638B to 638A

    Hi everyone,

    Was wondering (to anyone in steamfitters 638A NYC) is it possible to switch or join 638A from B?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll do whatever it takes. Hard worker. Responsible. Will not let noone down.

    Thnks

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    I think the B-Side is HVACR Techs. If I'm not mistaken A-Side (Construction) is Steam/Pipefitters & Pipe Welders. HVACR Tech Jm is a lower scale than Construction Jm. UA Service is last, especially HVACR Service. 638B makes this a proven fact! Time to vote Service up as co-equal with Construction.

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    I think you have to be in the B side for ten years for your time to transfer over to the A side. Otherwise its lost.

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    I have heard it has been done. It's very hard to get it done when there are people on the bench. The scenerio I have heard about is a contractor in good standing with the B local wants to sign up as an A shop as well and asks for a couple of cards for his top guys. A agrees as long as the contractor promises to keep the guys employed and out of the hall.
    There is no "if you do this you then get an A card".Just an FYI - the A guys have very little respect for B guys.

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    A guys are sitting on each other laps on that bench in LIC,why would you give up your independence as a B guy to get into the A side job politics...are you a journeyman in B?.if you are,your not transferring B-journeyman($36.30)to A-($50.75)journeyman overnight unless your related to one of the BAs thru name or marrige
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5YcOeQB4I

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    Maxter is absolutely right. If you are a B guy and you do whatever it takes you will never be out of a job. If you're an A guy you spend a lot of time calling A shops for work. The politics are unbelievable. If you're not a proven supporter of the BA in the area where there is work you never get recommended for a job. There are also health issues to consider. IIRC someone told me the average A guy collects 6 months of pension.

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    the two sides are as different as B is to non-union shops...total different mind set and work ethics.knew a tech who was B lead mint breakdowns/start-ups then went A thru an "uncle bunky"in the company who did Citi Field.during a big Trump job he floated up to the roof to see the HVAC mechanical techs stumped on a rooftop...he showed then 2-3 tricks and bang it was up and running.they go back to the Sm and rave about the A guy who helped and "guy was sharp".they sit this dude down offer him work as a service guy and keeps his A book....he wanted more money then a journeyman A guy makes $$$$ at that time(he was one)....he disappeared asap...as in out the door.goodbye...you have to be kidding from the construction bosses.
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5YcOeQB4I

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    how about this an A guy going into B side had one back in 2001 what a lump of of S*** he was,and bossy with all the techs he talked his way thru repairs constantly ordering parts to get off the job
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5YcOeQB4I

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    Hey guys thanks for the insight and replies.


    Carbon
    Maxter is absolutely right. If you are a B guy and you do whatever it takes you will never be out of a job. If you're an A guy you spend a lot of time calling A shops for work. The politics are unbelievable. If you're not a proven supporter of the BA in the area where there is work you never get recommended for a job. There are also health issues to consider. IIRC someone told me the average A guy collects 6 months of pension.

    Is that a proven fact that you spend a lot of time calling A shops? There are health issues as well with service HVAC. Every job has there goods and bads. I'm just trying to provide for my family a little better living in Long Island. As a Journeyman I can barely live in Long Island. I hope you guys can understand someone trying to better themselves for the sake of their kids and family. Just don't want you guys to get the wrong idea.

    Maxster

    A guys are sitting on each other laps on that bench in LIC,why would you give up your independence as a B guy to get into the A side job politics...are you a journeyman in B?.if you are,your not transferring B-journeyman($36.30)to A-($50.75)journeyman overnight unless your related to one of the BAs thru name or marrige
    07-26-2012 02:48 PM
    I'm not looking to be A- Journeyman. I'm just looking to get in somewhere around the Journeyman B wage. Even if its a couple dollars less I'll take it.
    Give someone a chance.

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    Now I'm at a loss. I thought 638A was Construction - Steam/Pipefitters and Pipe Welders. I don't know of there's any Construction HVACR shops signed on. I thought 638B was Service which is basically only HVACR. I believe Service Plumbers belong to a totally different Local. Anyway, you guys are making 638 seem more and more messed up.

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    these guys are local 1 on the plumbing side the service is 638B www.par-group.com there is no other unions in LIC hall only A/B there are more guys out in A then B unless you know somebody your not going to get in...are you a B journeyman at scale right now or what apprentice level in yrs... http://www.nyspipetrades.org/
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5YcOeQB4I

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    Quote Originally Posted by MechanicallyInclined View Post
    Now I'm at a loss. I thought 638A was Construction - Steam/Pipefitters and Pipe Welders. I don't know of there's any Construction HVACR shops signed on. I thought 638B was Service which is basically only HVACR. I believe Service Plumbers belong to a totally different Local. Anyway, you guys are making 638 seem more and more messed up.
    Confusing? Naha. If you're a B guy and you work for a shop that is not an International signatory you can pipe in a unit up to 10 tons. If your shop is signed with the International,which means you can work in different juristictions (ie if you're in NYC you can work in Jersey and Westchester) then you can't even pipe in a 1 ton unit, unless you have a service contract with the company you're doing the work for.
    So if you are with a shop that is signed with the International and you get a job to install a one ton unit,you have to use A guys. Ever see an A guy solder a 1" pipe? Embarrassing.

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    when the Palisades Mall (Nyack) was built off EXIT14 off the NY Thruway I-87,the entire place was split systems.the juridiction over lapped between 638(LIC) and 21(Peekskill) on the pipe ups.heard a major contractor out of NYC was almost arrested with the threats going on up there.heard the place is a nightmare to service with the evaps in the spaces and a sea of condensers after trucking around to the back to access the roof..and like said A fitters torching refer lines and doing vac test and charging...
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5YcOeQB4I

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