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post #1 of 15 Old 08-04-2003, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone in an Ironworkers Union or an Iron worker?

Just got accepted to a local iron workers union just curious to see what other people say about the union good or bad????Before I take the job??Thanks

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-04-2003, 12:54 PM
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Which Union? For work in NYC? The unions are VERY fair to NYC workers, and very generous on health and educational benefits. I know many, and I am looking to get closer to Union work myself. I am with a non-union GC/Arch based out in L.I. right now, but I am looking to get my foot into the NYC firms, public works projects, dealing with unions and such.

What phase of construction are you going to be dealing with? Those guys doing steel erection are crazy, but the satisfaction of completing a frame is awsome. Its like a giant erectors set! I've seen true iron workers using cranes and hoist, to a five-man team using ropes and pulleys to erect a 5 story structure. That was scary, dangerous yet intersting to watch. Just keep your feet on the steel, hardhat on, and watch out for you and your buddies.

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not sure of what phase I would be in I have yet to go to orientation but I would prefer something on the ground level like welding or forklift operator. I will see I guess.

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im in the plumbers/pipefitters union
local 125 cedar rapids ia
been in for 10 yrs
started out as a helper then got in after 3 years
of grunt work,5 years as an aprentice
wouldnt change a thing
we are the highest paid trade in our area
the contractors are pretty good to work for
and the rat outfits make 8 to 10 bucks
less than we do
but im biased my grandpa was a union fitter
my uncle was a union fitter till he started his
own company(which is union)
and then i got in
i cant imagine not being in the union

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What happens when work is low, I heard atleast as a ironworker you get laid off for the period that there is no work then once it picks up you start work again. You could be out of work anywhere from 1 week to a month or so. How do you make money then, unless you go on unemployment i guess?? Or is that not true.

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No they will dump, but they try not to. They just had a hiring freeze with local 3 (electricians) that went from maybe a few months after the WTC cleanup completed to the beginning of spring. They posted a date where hiring would commence and there was a line outside the union offices like a week before the hiring date. There will always be a need for ironworkers, but with the advent of structural precast and the new liking for lower buildings, it may not be as much as it once was. It is definately an opportunity I wouldn't pass up. If you do end up without a job, at least you can thank the union for teaching what you need to get another position. Good luck finding that with an non-union company. Its possible but the union will supply you with what you need to grow.

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I am just unsure about doing it since you have to be prepared to live off of un-employment for a couple of months or even a few. PLus you have to pay $576.00 to get in, which I can understand since they teach you all sorts of trades. But for me that is a lot of money to put out. I plan on going to the orientation just to see how everything sounds coming from them.I have been told by a few people though it is an opportunity not to pass up.

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my brother inlaws a union electrican and around ohio, michigan area work is very slow last year he worked 4 months out of the year. In those 4 months he made more than he did on unemployment for the other 8 months. Also when laid off they have short calls that last 2 weeks and they rotate thru the books.
I know unions around here don't usually lay off aprentice, so at least the first few years you should be ok. He told me the key to being able to live in hard times is when times are good save!!!! He was work 7 days a week 10 hour days for over a year and saved over $20,000 which helped him survive the next year when he was laid off for 8 months.

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My Step-Dad is a Union Ironworker in the South. He travels a lot, working at different job sites when there is work to be done. He likes it alot and when the job is done he usually works around the house and sits on the couch for a week or two. He takes time off when he needs it and always seems to have some cash tucked away for a rainy day.

The key is to save save save when you can and be willing to travel for a job. There is plenty of work to be done in SC, GA, FL, LA, AL, etc....

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Well that is where the wife says no on the idea. I am not sure if I would want to live like that as far as having to save everything so that when times do get bad I have something to live off of.I would rather have a job that I work and get paid good year round.

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Hi Everyone, My husband is 52 years old and in great shape. He climbs things for fun and has incredible balance. He is tired of working behind a desk and wants to be an Iron Worker. What is the first step to being hired as an Iron Worker?
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Just got accepted to a local iron workers union just curious to see what other people say about the union good or bad????Before I take the job??Thanks
How did you get hired? What is the process?
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my fathers uncle was an iron worker in nyc, commuted from belleville nj to the city. drank a pint of scotch on the way to work and a pint at lunch. he started when he came from ww1. he said it was the only way he get himself to walk the beams at those heights.
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The Iron Workers also have one of the best pensions.
As with any construction/factory jobs there are ups and downs.

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You realize this thread is 12 yrs. old and the OP hasn't been on here in nearly 5 yrs.

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