Hello everyone, though I am new to the forum, I've read here and there over the past year. I decided to become a member because this site seems like it will be a pretty valuable tool in the near future.
I graduated from an accredited HVAC School yesterday (10 month course) and I plan to begin an extensive job search after Christmas. My goal, obviously, is to find the best job that I can that offers a lot of future oppertunities... I've been led to believe that a union can help me do just that.
Is there anyone here that is a member of a Pipefitters Union in Ohio?
I'd like to know:
1. How long the apprenticeship would be?
2. Will my past schooling count towards the length of my apprenticeship?
3. What is the typical pay-scale of an apprentice?
4. If I become a member of the union, where does my insurance and retirement come from after I retire?
I know the best way to get information is to call my local hall, but I want to know something about what I might be getting into before I actually talk to anyone. So, ANY input would be great, even if you aren't in my area (Cols., Oh) and even if you don't answer these specific questions. I tried researching my local unions online, but it is very difficult to find any information.
What's a 'scab'?
And what's an 'FMN'?