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    638A vs 638B

    I'm going for a interview today for a company that is in Local 638B. Is this the metal trades union or Construction trades union?

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    Metal Trades

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    I still don't understand how Air Conditioning and Refrigeration repair, maintenance, etc. is a Metal Trades classification.
    So in NYC, a Chiller Tech is a "B-Card" Jm? "B-Card" as in Local 638B. Local 638B is a "MT" Local.
    In Chicago, a Chiller Tech is an "A-Card" Jm. "A-Card" as in A, B, or C Cards. A "B-Card" is referred to as "MT".
    Please feel free to answer or make corrections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmt6789 View Post
    I'm going for a interview today for a company that is in Local 638B. Is this the metal trades union or Construction trades union?
    So what company and how was the interview?

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    Interview went really well.

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    B stands for Bastard Step-Children of Local 638

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman934 View Post
    B stands for Bastard Step-Children of Local 638
    I like that.
    I transfered to NC in 1998 when I thought they were merging the 638A and 638B. I lost my pension transfering from 638B Metal Trades to Local 421 Building Trades. Every time they give us the great speach about going anywhere in the country through the union I call BS.
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    They did merge 638 A&B. Took any protection the B delegates could provide the B man and threw it out the door. Put an A delegate to "represent" the B men. A few years ago I get caught doing control wiring and the B delegate threatened to bring me up on charges. I had to fax him a copy of our agreement, highlighting the section that says we can do control wiring. Happened more than once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lirunaway View Post
    I like that.
    I transfered to NC in 1998 when I thought they were merging the 638A and 638B. I lost my pension transfering from 638B Metal Trades to Local 421 Building Trades. Every time they give us the great speach about going anywhere in the country through the union I call BS.
    You mean to tell me they stole your pension, That sounds very ununion like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toocoolforschool View Post
    You mean to tell me they stole your pension, That sounds very ununion like.
    We union guys are vested into the pension plan after 5 years, if you leave the union before fully vested there is a chance you wont collect. I lost my pension with the UA (international) when I switched to the local pension plan but to me was a no brainer, lost $25 bucks here to make $100 there.
    We love to complain, is human nature, in reality the union offers more to the working men than the other side and you can take that to the bank, been in both sides, know the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lirunaway View Post
    I like that.
    I transfered to NC in 1998 when I thought they were merging the 638A and 638B. I lost my pension transfering from 638B Metal Trades to Local 421 Building Trades. Every time they give us the great speach about going anywhere in the country through the union I call BS.
    Is 421 run any better? I'm in SC and was thinking about making the move back into the UA into 421.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman934 View Post
    Is 421 run any better? I'm in SC and was thinking about making the move back into the UA into 421.

    Yes it is. Still more for the pipfitters, but they are trying. We need members to make it better.
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