I started out in the union (1980), moved to another town for the apprenticeship after going to trade shool for two years. Did every thing they asked ,got let go when the foremans brother in law needed another job. He had no training and had been working in maintanance at a beef processing plant. If you want in,and want to stay in you better have a connection because when times get bad the "FNG" is going to get the ax over somebody with a legacy in that local union. Everybody will swear to you that its not true ,but it is. At the core its a fraternal organization and they will protect the people that helped buid it , and thats their right to do so.