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rick in Pensacola, Florida

82 months ago

now you know why jesus quit being a carpenter and went to preaching. theres no money in carpenter work. people on welfare do better than we do.

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nick in Brockton, Massachusetts

78 months ago

the harder you work, the less money you make.Its the american way

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Bucket o toenails in Kew Gardens, New York

65 months ago

The problem is the craft is not respected, from DIY, Extreme Home Makeover & HGTV people get a twisted view of the work.

When people get sick they dont call the guy down the street to give you medicine because he has a thermometer. You can call me the house doctor.

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carpenter/joiner in London, United Kingdom

54 months ago

rick in Pensacola, Florida said: now you know why jesus quit being a carpenter and went to preaching. theres no money in carpenter work. people on welfare do better than we do.

its pretty good money in the Uk if you are good.
over 20k after tax.

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charles in Athens, Georgia

49 months ago

so there are carpenter jobs still out there? I used to be a “site- super” aka assistant project manager and a damn good finish carpenter (so I’ve been told) until the bubble burst back in 08. Did all my work on the east end of long island building weekend summer homes for the rich and shameless before enlisting and doing a tour in Afghanistan. Looking to get back into the trade if I can find a shop to keep me employed. No I’m not a boarder jumper and I hablo little Spanish. I do on the other hand have all my own tools hand, power and pneumatic. So where is the work? I’m in NC now, but will go where the jobs are when I get out.

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Brian in Terre Haute, Indiana

47 months ago

I don't know what Union the rest of you guys are in, but around here, we're doing pretty good. Good luck finding a job in this area paying more than $15/hr unless you're Union or have a 4 year degree. Last meeting I went to we voted on where the money from our local went...do you guys not do this? I left a job making $10/hr to join the IKRCC, immediately I got a $2.18/hr raise on day one from my previous job. 3 months later I got another $2.74/hr raise, 9 months later I got another $2.74/hr raise. Journeyman wages around here are just shy of $27/hr which is more than 99% of people in this area without a 4 year college degree. I'll get out of my Apprenticeship with a 2 year degree in Construction Technology that will be mine and be 1 1/2 semesters away from a Design Technology Degree. I really don't see what's so bad here, I was on the brink of losing everything I've worked so hard to get when I joined the Union and now my family and I are doing better than we ever have. I'll support the UBC til the day I die.

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AMERCAN US CITISEN in Haverhill, Massachusetts

47 months ago

Some Dumb Guy in Lees Summit, Missouri said: We could all make it unthinkable to hire a "criminal-illegals" , if we all just grew up and addressed the real issues, not throw sh_t back and forth, but look up and see who is dropping it all on us.

I agree.We should hold everyone responsible for corrupting the carpentry trades.GC"s do the toughest jobs to keep our residential businesses running and then get slapped with all these insurances ,licenses and then have these money hungry white collar grubs who never saw hard work like a carpenter /laborer tell us how to keep a job site clean for a fee (telling us how to prep a job and clean up afterwards.)Our ancestors came here to get away from this corruption.Now It's here at its best in the worst economy.We need change,NO MORE <LICENSE FEES< NO MORE INSURANCE FEES MAKE HOME OWNERS INSURANCE PAY FOR THESE FEES LIKE THEY HAD TO IN THE PAST>NO MORE CITY INSPECTORS INTIMADATING THE HARD WORKING CLASS<SO THAT WE CAN EARN A LIVING> NO MORE LOW BALLING BY CURRUPTED FORENERS THAT MAKE MONEY AND BRING THERE MONEY BACK TO THERE COUNTRY"S<SO THAT THE MONEY CANT RECIRCULATE BACK INTO OUR ECOMNEY> WHEN WE SEE THESE PEOPLE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE OUR OWN DECISSIONS BASED ON THE HARD WORKING CARPENTERS / LABORERS> MADE BY PAID CARPENTERS / LABORERS> NOT BY BULLY APPOINTED OFFICIALS<>THE HARD WORKING CARPENTERS / LABORERS> SHOULD BE THE ONES TO RUN THESE FEDERAL GRANTS THE FAIR AND HONEST WAY>WEE NEED ALOT OF CHANGE WITH ALL THE CORREPTED MASSACHUSETTS STATE GOVERNMENT .

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Nicky Lauwla in Werkendam, Netherlands

46 months ago

In the Netherlands the average wages is about 30 an hour minus taxes and insurance you have 11 left
I was thinking moving to Australia Adelaide make a decent living

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Bill in Berwyn, Illinois

46 months ago

jerry cook in Pinellas Park, Florida said: it is a sad day in america , when americans are told they cant be hired. the mexicans are not going away if anything our goverment is helping them come here. your dues are helping the union bring them here . see the jouneryman that are old school ,are not going tobe here forever. the unions (well carpenters dont help you what so ever) but the unions will die off with out money ,and if the union wont help you (and they dont help you if you cant see this now you never will) what are you paying them money for . your paying good money to work , oh yea and to make sure the b.a.s are doing well, but really your paying money to just work . you dont know if you will even get your money after your done working 25-30 years . you dont know what there evenspending your money on . well we do know one thing your money is going to build new apprenticeships, new hiring halls , new rides for the non working b.a.s, and lets not forget to train a mexican to take your job . to all americans your country has let you down time and time again . and there not going to great jobs ,there not going to help you at all and the unions they dont care about you come on ,you cant see this for yourself.

I grew up in Pinellas county FL and was a member of Carpenter’s local 140. In 1988 I made $9.65 an hour. That year I moved to Chicago and was making over $18 an hour. Today I make $40.77 and have medical, dental and optical as well as prescription insurance and a pension. If I worked a 2000 hour year I pay $3200 in dues. So yes I’ll pay to work.

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carp4Christ in Gary, Indiana

44 months ago

I don't know how Florida fares overall, but where I come from union carpenters make $. I worked 3 nuclear outages this year plus 2 seperate 5 week jobs in Michigan. I've earned over $50k this year for about 6 1/2 months of work which doesn't include the unemployment I'll receive the last 10 or so weeks of the year. Tons of guys are flocking to Florida for the nuclear work there this year too. Jesus didn't quit being a carpenter. he's still building the church.

rick in Pensacola, Florida said: now you know why jesus quit being a carpenter and went to preaching. theres no money in carpenter work. people on welfare do better than we do.

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kenny in London, United Kingdom

44 months ago

its much harder in europe guys. carpenters work for £100 a day in england and in dollars that like $60 so you got it good.

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ads in Woking, United Kingdom

44 months ago

obviously need to sort your act out chaps, i'm 25, 10 years as a carpenter/ joiner making £160- £200 a day average first year of opening my own company hit £47,000 without any employees and without trying along with 4 holidays, in a recession while big companies that have been around for longer than i've been alive fold, if you're good enough people will pay and pass you're name on.

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ryanbelhm in Cotabato, Philippines

36 months ago

Thanks guys. I would like to know the rate also

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LONE

35 months ago

i have been in businees 30 yrs and make less now than even 10 yrs ago i think we sit atme for a bit respect will be seen ( i hope!)

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luke in Charleston, West Virginia

35 months ago

Adrian in Australia said: Carpenters in the mining game in WA are getting $50.00 p/ hr + insurance + 9% super + tool allowance+ 2weeks on 1 week off roster + all food and digs and uniforms oh plus a car and fuel to get around the jobs

can i get some contact info

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luke in Charleston, West Virginia

35 months ago

may i get some contact info?

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BLRD7 in Bloomington, Indiana

35 months ago

Brian in Terre Haute, Indiana said: I don't know what Union the rest of you guys are in, but around here, we're doing pretty good. Good luck finding a job in this area paying more than $15/ hr unless you're Union or have a 4 year degree. Last meeting I went to we voted on where the money from our local went...do you guys not do this? I left a job making $10/hr to join the IKRCC, immediately I got a $2.18/hr raise on day one from my previous job. 3 months later I got another $2.74/hr raise, 9 months later I got another $2.74/hr raise. Journeyman wages around here are just shy of $27/hr which is more than 99% of people in this area without a 4 year college degree. I'll get out of my Apprenticeship with a 2 year degree in Construction Technology that will be mine and be 1 1/2 semesters away from a Design Technology Degree. I really don't see what's so bad here, I was on the brink of losing everything I've worked so hard to get when I joined the Union and now my family and I are doing better than we ever have. I'll support the UBC til the day I die.

The main reason you are busy is because you're an apprentice and work at a cheaper rate. Wait until you become a journeyman and see if you have the same attitude when you don't have near the work. I was a union carpenter for over thirty years. I finally went out on my own and did much, much better. I became a non-union contractor. I paid my crews the prevailing union wage, with a little bit more, if they were worth it, which they were. I had union members quit their jobs to come and work for me. BTW, their wages included whatever their benefits were, except I paid them the money instead. I had rotating crews, meaning they worked six months for me, then they went back to work union jobs to keep their medical and pension benefits up. After six months, they'd come back and work another six for me and so on. Worked out great until I retired.

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stooltube in Elmhurst, New York

34 months ago

CIVIL SERVICE IS the last Bastion of Union Strength.

I would highly recommend that those of you looking
for work (in any trade) look there quickly.

Search for provisional postings and upcoming tests!!!

But most Importantly....SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIC CAUSE.
(our livelihoods depends on it)

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Mark the Carpenter in Mashpee, Massachusetts

23 months ago

stooltube in Elmhurst, New York said: CIVIL SERVICE IS the last Bastion of Union Strength.

I would highly recommend that those of you looking
for work (in any trade) look there quickly.

Search for provisional postings and upcoming tests!!!

But most Importantly....SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATIC CAUSE.
(our livelihoods depends on it)


The Demacratic cause/ Liberalism......is nothing but COMMUNISM, hiding behind those to words.

Deport these illegal crimigrants, stop electing communists to office, and stop being stupid.

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mkl7459 in Royal Oak, Michigan

13 months ago

Well I've been in the carpentry/remodeling business for 34 years. Everything from architectural woodworking, ceramic tile, wood flooring, cabinet making, decks, you name it. And I'm lucky to make $25.00 an hour, I was making more than that 30 yrs ago. The problem is first people are not willing nor do they know the difference between quality work and crap. And the bottom line is usually the amount. I don't know how many people called me back when they went for the cheapest price and were crying to me as to what to do. And then if some guy gets a chop saw for christmas he thinks he's a carpenter. What a joke. I've ruined my back over this profession. We need to get back to basics. All these yuppies want to be consultants, a lot of useless jobs out there but most pay at least twice as much as us saps

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Stepan in Chelles, France

13 months ago

Dear Carpenters,

Is there a way you may help me to come back to a trade?

I've been working for mid-size construction company in Alberta, Canada for two years.

I am not Exp carpenter, but salary raised for those two years should prove something. Started from 17 CAD, ten month later raised to 19, three month later up to 22, finally 32 but outside of the city.

I denied entry to Canada because I am not resident. Visa, permit was o.k. but visa officers found some other violations of immigration law, so I banned for a year.

Thinking to try somewhere in States or other English-speaking country.

Is there companies who may give job offers to foreigners?
Documentation is o.k., taxes paid, salary slips and references will be provided.

What I am looking for?
Enough desent salary for experienced beginner. Contract for a year or so

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Dez2020 in Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

11 months ago

carpenter/joiner in London, United Kingdom said: its pretty good money in the Uk if you are good.
over 20k after tax.

That crap money for a skilled trade!!!!!!!!!

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Dez2020 in Kilmarnock, United Kingdom

11 months ago

Better of on the dole!!!
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Joe bloggs in Perth, Australia

11 months ago

P.s try 110k plus!

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steve in London, United Kingdom

10 months ago

daniel c in Melbourne, Australia said: Can you share the company information ( the one you're working for)??

Hi are u still working for those lads i love to come over for that money

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Steve in Southampton, United Kingdom

3 months ago

Well I've read all these comment and although old they are still relevant. I'm classed as too old 60,i'm not an overweight beer swilling,pie/donut eater i'm fit healthy but employers lump everyone to a category so i'm in the old useless class. even though a carpenter of 45 years. I worked all kinds of places for myself, employers and agencies but this mean jack crap as employers want youngsters who they think will be better or foreign labour who in my opinion are worse than useless from those I worked with. Kudos for the youngster earning 47K and joebloggs 110k..enjoy the life as it can quickly change

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