Depends on which office you work for,some are good some are a real pain-
but often you will drive the wheels off,and OT has to be approved, often hard getting up to date info especially on controls(they change a lot), get every promise in writing, you will most likely pay for insurance which is something that union members do not do- and you will most likely be paid less than union,and raises are likely small.
California had some good reports, as did some offices in the north east.
Are the benefits better than the union retirement and insurance along with salary?
You would need to compare your local union with what mcquay offers to you. McQuay has a 401k with company matching up to a certain percentage. Insurance is alot better than the local I worked for. Yes you pay a small amount compared to what the union charged me. People will say it doesnt come out of your pay with the union but it does, it is before your pay check. IF the union wants 5 dollars an hour for insurance that is part of your benefit on top of the pay. You just dont see ot on the paycheck. The problem I have with it is I always worked alot of over time. So if you work 60 hours a week then you pay 300 dollars that week, in a month that is 1200 dollars that could have been on the pay check. I pay under 100 dollars every 2 weeks with low deduction. At the union it was 1500 per person.
Your local union may be different so check on it to compare.
email me and I can give you more info.
I worked at a maintenance department for a while that had 2 McQuay ALS-155a chillers. A guy from McQuay would come in to work on them....I questioned him extensively about what McQuay was like as an employer....he lives in PA and does work in pretty much all of Ohio, PA, and other areas. The bottom line is that McQuay service guys have a lot of travel due to the territories they cover. I am sure that varies depending on the customer base of course. But on the other hand, the money is decent and work is constant, and you get to work on some big stuff (centrifugal chillers, etc).