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#42917 - 09/28/04 05:31 PM Union questions
kdrifter440 Offline

Registered: 11/24/03
Posts: 23
Loc: Poughkeepsie
Can any union guys out there answer this..

Im already a journeyman and I want to join the union would I start out on the 1st year pay scale?

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#42918 - 09/28/04 06:55 PM Re: Union questions
GA76JW Offline

Registered: 03/20/04
Posts: 195
Loc: Suwanee, GA USA
If you are a journeyman for a merit-shop then it is a little complicated.

There are a few different ways to join the union.

If you have 10 + verifiable years, I believe you can be "grandfather-ed" in.

If you have 5+ verifiable years, they will have you test and place you accoringly in their system.

ie: If you do well on the test, you will turn-out at JW, if you do poorly on the test you will be placed accordingly in the IJ (Intermediate JW) program.

If you have less than 5 years experience, more than likely you would have to go throught the apprenticeship, but special arrangements have been made for people before.

Pay ranges anywhere from JW scale to lower pay for IJ's to even lower for Apprentices.
It would really depend on where you were placed.

This is the way it is in GA, I do not know if this holds across the whole U.S.

Hopefully that answers some of your question.
"If common sense was common, everyone would have it"-not sure, someone here

#42919 - 09/28/04 07:20 PM Re: Union questions
Ralpha494 Offline

Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 71
Loc: Pewaukee,WI,USA
You could try You can look for the nearest local and get their web site or phone number and ask them.

#42920 - 09/28/04 08:31 PM Re: Union questions
Nick Offline

Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 603
Loc: Riverside, CA
Take the advice and contact the inside wireman's local in your area. Every local is different and only they can tell you what your options are.

[This message has been edited by Nick (edited 09-29-2004).]

#42921 - 09/29/04 12:27 PM Re: Union questions
earlydean Offline

Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 749
Loc: Griswold, CT, USA
I know of some local unions that allow licensed electricians to pay an initiation fee, and become members, no apprenticeship required. Others require the apprenticeship course of study of all new members. Some require an apptitude test, others do not. All require monthly dues plus hourly working dues.


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