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    Union service tech moving to Las Vegas

    First forum post ever. So in advance I appologize. I am 30 years old and have been working in HVAC for 8 years, pipefitters union for 5 of them. All of these years have been mostly supermarket refrigeration service install and maintenance, in minnesota. My fiancee and I are seriously looking to move to Las Vegas within the year. I have allready realized that things are much different in LV than in minneapolis. We are not allowed to solicite our own work in Minneapolis, this seems to be the way things operate in LV. Also I have learned that all the supermarket refrigeration is non union in Las Vegas, so this could be an issue. My purpose of making this thread is to hopefully find people who do union service work in the area and find out more about contractors, the work, and living in the area.
    With all the HOA homes, how do you park a van at your home?
    I will have to be calling on my own employment, so what contractors would I possibly be a better fit for?
    Any advise for moving from one very different climate to another?

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    Contact your local union and advise them you would like to transfer your book. They can contact the affiliated local in LV and set you up.

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    Thank you pecmsg. I have talked with both my and LV union allready. The transfer will be easy on both sides but when I get to LV they do not have the job placement like there is in my local. I will have to call contractors on my own.

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    Did they give you a list of contractors to call?

    All areas are hurting for qualified personal.

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    The list of contractors is on the union website. They somewhat have a list of services they provide for customers. I was hoping I could avoid cold calling all 50 contractors by asking around on here.

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    Besides making the calls for yourself can you go on the out of work list? With 50 contractors that are signatories it shouldn't to be hard to find work but with 5 years union experience wouldn't that make you a new journeyman and being a new journeyman you will have to prove yourself to the employer.

    As for HOA's at least for some of are guy's here they have white magnets that they place over the writing on their vans.
    UA Proud

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    That's a very good idea with the magnets because the complaint for many of them is the writing on the van. And for the work list the only thing on there at the moment was the proving grounds which is 2 hours from vegas. And that was a position they are looking to fill immediately. We are not looking to move until november.

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    Having a start date 7 months away may be a hard thing to deal with as sometimes it is hard to estimate the work load in a week let alone months. One thought is to go ahead take the job that is 2 hours away get a cheap apartment /hotel and during that time before your family comes you can find a different job closer to where you want to be. It sounds like that the local has freedom of movement between shops as they are making you hustle up your own job. Good union jobs are worth there weight in gold.
    UA Proud

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    Want to move 6 hours east??? It wouldn't be a problem finding work!!! Green Bay, Vegas... Whats the difference.

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    Talk to Derek at Local 525. I'm not sure if there's any Refrigeration signaturories in L.V. Hussmann is one of the main Refrigeration contractors in Vegas, but sadly that branch is non-union.
    If you really believe that you can't solicit your own employment, then you've drank too much kool-aid. All of the large shops either post their openings simultaneously when they inform the Hall or even before informing the Hall.

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    @wisconsinapp. i would rather have no football team at all! jk

    @mechtech2013 i actually talked to Derek earlier this week. There is no rack refrigeration shops in the local 525 unfortunately but I think I will be fine with other types of work. Derek told me to solicit my own work. Here in Minnesota that is a big no no! Everyone does it but you're not supposed to. I am going to start calling contractors this week to ask questions and maybe meet when i am in town next. I would really like to have a job lined up for when we move down. Derek talked as though there is decent demand for service techs, but the construction side was pretty slow

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    In this part of the country, the Union believes Refrigeration and HVAC are the same thing. Even worse, the Union believes HVAC is Pipefitting.

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    Born and raised there.

    Unions are almost exclusive to Casino employment, they are difficult to get in unless you are juiced or lucky.
    Supermarket, residential and commercial work is not going to be union unless something has changed since I left a couple years ago.
    I learned from the best of the best and I am fortunate. You can count on working longer and harder hours everyday with almost no downtime. The pay is good, cost of living is good. Employment opportunities are good.
    Those are the positives.

    What you need to do is ask yourself why do you want to live there? Is there a specific reason to pick Las Vegas to relocate to over another location?

    I understand how it looks from the outside, exciting, affordable, opportunity, and yes that is true but not everything is always as great as it looks.

    Las Vegas is called Sin City for reasons and not just the obvious and I will try to keep this as tactful and to the point as possible. You have a fiancee, kids eventually... it is a transient city so everyone comes and goes, no sense of family, if you know your neighbors name you are in the minority. Raising kids in a city that people come to do what they can't do at home what kids are exposed to everyday, that is going to be their normal. You need to see past the obvious and be realistic. People get caught up without even realizing it, it is a place like no other, money is what brings people, it is what drives them, friends, loyalty, commeradarie is forgotten. It is in every field of employment.

    I didn't realize how different it was until I moved away, it was my home, I grew up in the environment and it was normal. It isNOTwhere my kids will be raised.

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