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    East Coast Unions

    Union’s have a much greater hold in the East coast vs the West. So, how do the unions handle it if a licensed journeyman (non-union) tech moved out there from the West and had to join up? Would they grant him journeyman status or would he have to go through a union sanctioned apprenticeship program? Do they give him a written test? Just curious.

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    Written test.
    Your poor planning does not constitute an emergency on my part!!!!

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    In the Boston area you need to pay 100 X thr currrent hour rate. They may let you in as a journeyman if you have a lot more than 5 years commercial/industrial exper.

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    good driving record....pass drug test.....speak english...get $6 over scale.....your in with the bigger service groups in NYC.
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    no unions in south carolina why would i give my money to someone else for my work ??

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    Because the amount you would give is allot less than the difference between what a union company pays their guys and a non union company pays their guys

    For the vast majority of the guys this holds true, however there are a few exceptions to this rule. For most guys though they will make more working union than non union even when taking into account union dues

    overall union compensation packedges are a better deal for the techs both in wages overtime benifits training medical dental extended coverage and retirement
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    I am in md.

    The company I work with voted them in but still had to take a jourman test through them. I think I veries on the union.I know there is a sortage of jorman mech. in the union here. I think all you need to do is take test but the union hall will know more. I know if I loose my job I could go to carrrier or york just 2 of the company in the union i in. .hope thios info helps you.Ice man

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    i work a full time job with swing shifts for a leading tire manufactor.but. i also hold a residental lics. for up to 5 tons, have to have it in this state to buy from the wholesalers, so I am bonded and insured, just do it on the days I am off of my full time job, can pick and chose my jobs and Have a couple people that take care of installs for me, help out and check the work when I am off. I did HVAC full time for a number of years, got tired off the rat race here with getting paid for new const. and the sorts, anyways this is a non union state< south carolina> yes I do manual J for my installs, I also have my jounerymans lics. but all I need is the residental lisc here, the test is about the same sorry for the long post

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    Becuase with the crappy wages in SC if you gave anyone anything, you'd be paying to work. JMHO
    Quote Originally Posted by papa_jo View Post
    no unions in south carolina why would i give my money to someone else for my work ??
    Your poor planning does not constitute an emergency on my part!!!!

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