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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004
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    I am trying to get into the sheetmetal union and just wanted some opinions on it. What is your typical day like and do you like the work? What about pay and benefits?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2004
    Eugene, Oregon
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    Join the electricians union instead.
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten". --Benjamin Franklin
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  3. #3
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    Feb 2004
    chicago suburbs
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    i think it is worth it......................

    i'm in local 73 in chicago. i don't like the work. but then again i don't like ANY kind of work. i work for one of the bigger shops in the area. it's not a bad job i guess. we have about 20-25 tinners on this particular job. i have friends in every trade (plumber, carpenter, electrician, etc) and no job is perfect. just different kinds of headaches. some jobs are obviously better then others. some days you fight everything all day, some you don't. we typically have the biggest stuff on the job and finding room isn't always easy. new construction seems to have more room then re-hab work. my typical day consists of getting up at 4:45, at work by 6:00, break from 9:45-10:15, back to work and out the door at 2:00. learn the trade,you will get out what you put into it. if you are lazy or incompotent you will bounce from job to job, company to company. if you are any good you will make a good living. the more you know the better off you wil be. no union is perfect either. but they are on your side. nothing is perfect so you take the good with the bad. be prepared to work. our bigger stuff is usually pretty heavy. on this job i have ductwork that is 14'-6" by 6', you can drive a car through it and it is heavy. local 73's package is as follows...........
    wage.......$33.40/hr <--------on check
    savings....$ 1.50/hr <-----in bank or on check
    local pension $2.79/hr <----retirement
    annuity fund $3.00/hr <-------retirement or on check
    national pension $2.06/hr <--------retirement
    health/welfare $6.46/hr <-------medical/dental/glasses/etc

    if you run work add about $3.00/hr

    for us first 8/hrs is straight pay
    next 4 is time and a half
    after is double time

    saturday is time and a half up to 8/hrs then double time

    sunday is all double time

    oh yes my dues are about $300/qtr....but it is tax deductible

  4. #4
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    Mar 2002
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    I am in local 33 sheet metal,,, pay is 11.78 per week to them and company pick up the rest, my yearly dues are 157.00.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2001
    St Louis, MO
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    Heres a link to Sheetmetal workers local 36 in St. Louis


  6. #6
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    Jan 2004
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    Oh the sound of tin knockers in the morning. What was that, excuse me I could not hear you, would you repeat that please, oh never mind I'll ask you when the knockers go home.
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