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smokin nuggets in somewhere, Indiana

43 months ago

If you need work you can find work, plain and simple, how low you willing to go?? That's the question. The job you find may not pay what your used to getting paid, but your getting paid. I've noticed a lot of people that have posted no work have 10+ years of experience, which is same with the union members where I'm from that are unemployed. With that many years under your belt and to not have insured yourself a spot when there's work is sketchy to me. I understand a couple weeks here or there but 6+ months is crazy you are either unable to get along with your co-workers, your not worth what your paid, or your just no good. I know there are exceptions to this, but 9 times out of 10 this is the case. I've been in the carpenter's union for 10 years and have had steady work the whole time, but I actually work. I can't tell you how many times in the past 2 years I have worked with people who claim they have 10-30 years experience that aren't good workers and they didn't last. Fact of the matter is, if you make your company more money with your production than the people you work with, they will keep you busy. A company isn't going to work a journeyman that gets as much done as a second year apprentice, regardless your experience. If you want easy money.....sell weed

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machineguns in Watertown, New York

43 months ago

Smokin' nuggets...seems as though you have it all figured out..

Well slick, I have worked over 20 years without a single day of being laid off and that was non-union. I'm new to the union and I have been laid off for literally 5 months per year average for the 4+ years I've been in it. It has nothing to do with my abilities, it has to do with a lack of work I have available through the union. Union workers are no harder working than non union, I can attest that as I have been outperforming both for many years although that is subject to debate I suppose, everyone tends to think they work harder.

The bottom line is this, exception to the rule or not.......if there are only 100 jobs and there are 200 people to fill them, some have got to sit on the back burner until something changes. There will always be someone laid off for a host of reasons, not all of which include lack of trying or work ethic. I have seen too many hard workers in this union that get laid off to keep the regular employee's employed and it includes a group of people that are dope users. This is a pathetic fact of life that its not always what you do, its who you know. Your theory of work harder is bullpooh and you're just in a great spot just as I was before moving here and getting involved in a messy divorce that doesn't allow me to move south to a "right to work" state ....yeah, I would still be employed and have a job, but I chose this place, this union and a cheating wife. My work ethic remains as it was, A+. That doesn't always gain your security when there are other variables.........buddies of bosses, regulars with an established working history of a particular company. You are very fortunate to be where you are. Its unfair for you to kick others when they are down......One day you will be there and understand. I'd change your name...lol

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kjharis in Scottsdale, Arizona

43 months ago

Look Im very well educated and I do see the bigger picture of this whole fiasco but... and I mean but, there is nothing that you alone are going to fix today, tommorow, or this week. And in the mean time and in between time because we all know the long drawn out bureucratic ladder system, we need to sustain our lifes for today and that means work. So again all im saying is enough with the politics being at the fore front and lets talk about how to secure employment for us now. Thats like a doctor saying to a patient with the flu and a cut artery " well son lets worry about the artery later and let me deal with this flu of yours."

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track fast in Taylor, Michigan

42 months ago

Crowbar53 in Roseville, Michigan said: Wow!!!! I couldn't of said it better. You hit the nail on the head. Sad but true.

keep telling it brother get the word out,detroit is in trouble

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carpenter in Roselle, Illinois

42 months ago

murph in Chicago, Illinois said: looking for formwork work around chicago,worked for walsh,mchugh tribco etc.laid off for 4 months looking everyday can anyone help please.

Yes call gary Klatt in Melrose Park Il.
Klatt Enterprises.

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track fast in Taylor, Michigan

42 months ago

why all the mex, who can card them no speak detroit what ajoke

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machineguns in Watertown, New York

42 months ago

You want some jobs in the union?

Start mandatory random quarterly drug testing in the Union

Outside the union, prosecute/seize companies that utilize illegal immigrant workers

No Layoffs for drug users will and no illegals will reduce unemployment by about 40 percent is my bet.

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Timothy in Chatsworth, California

42 months ago

kman in Hastings, New York said: Last september I was number 79 on the out of work list by november I was 19 on the list now it july Im still number 19 local277 havent even gone off the list the way they should for a long time now they move everything to horseheads NY completely out of sight what do they think out off mine

I was on the out of worklist for ten months was #27 and for a job on my own had to go on two interviews for a two month job. On the interview the foreman told me that no one hires off the out of worklist. So basically we are on our own. Timothy from Los Angeles.

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Timothy in Chatsworth, California

42 months ago

Electrical unions only hire off the books. Carpenters do not. The out of work list is a joke. If you are not related your screwed. I just had a new baby and I'm scared of my future as a carpenter. I dont speak spanish and now a days alot on the field dont speak english so it is hard to work together at times. Im not mad about it I believe everyone that is willing to work hard has the right to work. And I am willing to work hard all the time there just is no work. As a union carpenter I now wish I had picked a different career but where or what do I do know. And we are not the only ones that feel it, the owners of theese huge companies that we work for all feeling it aswell many union companies in Los Angeles have gone under, even thou we pay into unemployment they still have to pay as long as we are not working. I hate to say this but Im hoping for a huge EARTHQUAKE.

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machineguns in Watertown, New York

42 months ago

Doesn't make sense, I am in 277A as well and entered the OOW list in mid june at around 150 or something, was called for a job last week but had to decline due to an upcoming knee surgery......how they pull of the list must have to do with what your skills form has on it. Mine is very commercial drywall specific....I don't put down crap I can't do without feeling extremely confident/competent. I see to many people here in this state that say they can do something and have maybe done it once or twice......there needs to be some form of accountability or a way to weed out the liars. This out of work list is a screwy way to work, but they don't go in order, I do know that, employers can review the list and pull by name if they choose......or so I have heard. I don't know. Best wishes to all that seek work!

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kathy in Palmdale, California

42 months ago

Timothy in Chatsworth, California said: Electrical unions only hire off the books. Carpenters do not. The out of work list is a joke. If you are not related your screwed. I just had a new baby and I'm scared of my future as a carpenter. I dont speak spanish and now a days alot on the field dont speak english so it is hard to work together at times. Im not mad about it I believe everyone that is willing to work hard has the right to work. And I am willing to work hard all the time there just is no work. As a union carpenter I now wish I had picked a different career but where or what do I do know. And we are not the only ones that feel it, the owners of theese huge companies that we work for all feeling it aswell many union companies in Los Angeles have gone under, even thou we pay into unemployment they still have to pay as long as we are not working. I hate to say this but Im hoping for a huge EARTHQUAKE.

Wow, you are not making the connections, are ya Timmy? Your nearest major market is Los Angeles, a city teeming with illegals. They flooded the construction industry, driving wages down. Your union shops could not compete. Now you wonder where they all went?And you cannot see that if there is no work for legal, american citizens then there should be no work for any worker, illegal or legal? And you do understand you are in America (or what's left of it). We speak English here, because though some folks want to re-write those history books, our country was founded by Englishman who rebelled against mother england. If your spanish speakers want to work hard, they can do just that -- in mexico!

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pepeprs1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

42 months ago

I have been a journeyman carpenter for over 8 years, I did go through the union training. I have been laid off more than employed since Dec 2009. I live in Milwaukee, WI. If anyone knows any union company hiring please let me know. I am a very hard worker & know how to do from demo work to finish work. I know how to built houses, have built hotels, have done many of remodels. I am willing to work, and many hours. I would be happy even being employed on all the road ways that are being worked on, I dont know what company has any of the contracts. Please someone please me. Anyone that can tell me where there is still work in Milwaukee, WI I would appreciate it so much. I have no money to support my family, we will lose our home soon, anything, my family, wife and kids are the ones suffering for this and I dont feel they should.

contact me sunshine26390@yahoo.com with any info you can provide me.

Thank you.

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kathy in Palmdale, California

42 months ago

pepepers1: sorry to hear of your troubles, but I suspect you will not gain a job lead from this board. Truth of it is, there are none to be had. What precious jobs there are in construction are gonna be held onto by those that have them; Obama's new plan will be for mostly road crews who will recall their buddies from road building companies; & the rest of us be damned. I also personally know people who have more experience than any poster on this board so far, and they are STILL unemployed. Also, bud, you are not alone in your situation or your feelings. And guess what, dude? There are those who HAVE already lost their homes; their spouses already walked out the door; their kids have been told Daddy can't afford college & their retirement fund is tapped out. In fact, former construction workers are the #1 filers of bankruptcy in this country. You might have noticed our prez finally remembering that stat, & who is the hardest hit/longest suffering lately. He should, I phone the White House & repeat that message at least 3X a week, every week for years now. (am really persistent).
We sympathize, but this is the last place I would look for job leads.
BTW: be careful of those "overseas jobs" ads. I checked with the BBB in one of their homes states and it was listed as a scam.

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pepeprs1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

42 months ago

thanks for all the in put. I do hope building and hard labor does come back, it is needed the world. Not only for me, but for everyone that is in the same field as I. I am not depending on this website to get me a job. I am doing a lot of research & trying to find what companies have some work. When you look around, there is a lot being built, I hope not all non union builders. At this point I am thinking if non union gives me employment, I will have to leave the union & make less money, however I will have a job & be able to help pay bills in the house & hope to God we can keep our house & yes I have children, I have a granddaughter also, therefore I do need to find some type of income. If you have a phone to call the white house, please give to all us and that way we all can call & we need to stick together, by writing letters, creating jobs. I dont understand why anyone in this world should be full of stress, jobless, homeless, and yet this country can find money to provide help for food stamps, medical,child care, and give tax refunds back of over $7,000.00 to ! person, however that person didnt even put $5 in all year, so that means the funds that a person gets back as a refund is coming from where.....? We all know the answer to that, however none of it is right! This world needs to change so we all can make it! Please give everyone the phone# you call....so we all can call.
Thanks. pepeprs1

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HandyManNa in Hemet, California

41 months ago

Out Of work carpenter, yes.. another one added to the list. I couldnt find work for over 2 yrs. Had to quit the union, on the count that I lost both of my homes 2 cars and couldnt afford the dues, let alone my bills. If you know of any work union or not, please feel free to email me @ handymanNA@gmail.com. I am totally willing to buy back in, to the union to get any position. I am a journeyman carpenter, have experience as a formen, lead, safety coordinator. I have done drywall/steel stud, finish work, and pour in place (footings/retaining walls/bridge work. I can read in diagrams blue prints and even hand written drawings of custom work. 10 yrs experince as a carpenter in the union. LOCAL 803 orange county/ san bernadino county. thank you for your time.
Nicholas Atkins

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HandyManNa in Hemet, California

41 months ago

pepeprs1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said: I have been a journeyman carpenter for over 8 years, I did go through the union training. I have been laid off more than employed since Dec 2009. I live in Milwaukee, WI. If anyone knows any union company hiring please let me know. I am a very hard worker & know how to do from demo work to finish work. I know how to built houses, have built hotels, have done many of remodels. I am willing to work, and many hours. I would be happy even being employed on all the road ways that are being worked on, I dont know what company has any of the contracts. Please someone please me. Anyone that can tell me where there is still work in Milwaukee, WI I would appreciate it so much. I have no money to support my family, we will lose our home soon, anything, my family, wife and kids are the ones suffering for this and I dont feel they should.

contact me sunshine26390@yahoo.com with any info you can provide me.

Thank you.

I feel your pain pepers, I have already lost both of my homes, and 2 cars, and had to move 4 times and now living with the in laws. My wife is handicapped and i have 3 small children as well.13 10 and 7 Imthe only one that is able to work, and Icant even find anythign to do. not even the fast food chains will hire me, due to my quailifications. its rediculous. I prey and wish everyone the best, GOD knows we need it. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE I hope you can feed your families soon. just like I wish I could do.
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MANUEL in Anaheim, California

40 months ago

"2361 CARPENTERS LOCAL UNION" JOURNEYMAN CARPENTER.....HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR WORK FOR THE PAST 10 MONTHS; IAM HARD WORKING AND RELIABLE; PLEASE HELP...... IF ANYBODY CAN HELP WITH INFO I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU

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cindy@qualitystaffingservices .net in Chino, California

40 months ago

HI ANYBODY OUT THERE THAT KNOWS ABOUT STRUCTURE FRAMING GOT A JOB FOR U TOMORROW IN CHASTWORTH CA NEED TO KNOW ASAP

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pepeprs1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

40 months ago

that you for the offer.... I wish I lived in state of CA to help. Any work is greatly appreciated. I am in Wisconsin & there has been no jobs for the carpenters in this state. I am a very hard worker, willing to take any job, however still have had no luck. It is getting so hard, my family is really suffering because of all of this. We cant pay our bills, and we are not even able to purchase food at times, and it has been hard on my relationship with my wife. Thanks again we need to all stick together & have faith that something will change this world around. This has been a great career for many years for many people & there is always things that need to be repaired or built, therefore hope we all can get employment soon. There was to be an answer out here somewhere.

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Jerry in Zillah, Washington

40 months ago

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Armando Arroyo in Oxnard, California

40 months ago

I have been in the out of work list forever and my union does not care. I am a carpenter journeyman and I am already trying to get a job doing something else since I know that I will not find a job as a carpenter anymore unless we demand for some changes.

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Francis in Canberra, Australia

40 months ago

Hello,

I am based in Canberra Australia. 32 and i want to start my own decking business. I am a salesman and have own several businesses, recently sold and i am looking to create a new enterprise. There is a market in my home town for a decking business - a business that specialises in the online design, approval and creation of decks. I am prepared to sponsor a fully quilifed carpenter out to Canberra Australia and go into business. There is a cronic shortage of tradespeople in Canberra and Australia generally. I am not sure of the migration rules but where there is a will there is a way.

I want to work on the business focusing on the sales and systems...Trying to do this with an Aussie is just not possible. It would be fair and right up front transperant! Pleas email frank@businessbuys.com.au or skype Frank_Walmsley

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ThePIGofLasVegas in Kingman, Arizona

40 months ago

Why you Carpenters may want to look in north dakota or BattonRouge,La..Seems the solar plant in cal.by state line has some game going on with 944's boys Louie & B.J..Arizona has dried up,The LAX job still puts on carps..No need to look at LasVegas,Over4000 out of work!But don't cry,Do what we always do!!Sometimes Crime Pays!!

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ThePIGofLasVegas in Kingman, Arizona

40 months ago

Armando Arroyo in Oxnard, California said: I have been in the out of work list forever and my union does not care. I am a carpenter journeyman and I am already trying to get a job doing something else since I know that I will not find a job as a carpenter anymore unless we demand for some changes.

Mr.Arroyo,Are you a member of #150?Do you attend,& take part in your unions events,meetings,etc.?Are you a member of your locals PAC?Do you go on protests against non union companies?Do you go to job-sites and talk to the superentendent to see if they need any carp.s?If your Not Pro-Active in the Brotherhood,Truth is, no one knowes you,& you may never work in our club again!Check out TOMMIE BURGER!!

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Crowbar53 in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

40 months ago

Yes I am active in the union. Go to meetings, find my own work when possible, walk the picket line etc. One thind I can't change is old age. Once you turn 50, companies think your too slow,too dumbwitted and no good cause your not a foreman working for someone else.
Its young mans profession.
Not to mention the union lets anyone buy a card insted of going thru apprenticeship today. Things will not get better until McCarron is out and the whole idea about what a union is today changes.
I've got 20+ yrs in and can't wait to get out!!

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hermancc33@gmail.com in Grand Prairie, Texas

40 months ago

master carpenter looking for work in grand prarie area please contac me at hermancc33@gmail.com

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eleshelman in Shelbyville, Indiana

40 months ago

I am a carpenter with 24 yrs experience. I am experienced in many phases of construction including but not limited to, concrete forming, metal and wood framing, doors and hardware, store fixtures, drywall, int. and ext. trim, casework. Fluent blueprint reading. I have supervised up to 15 people on site. I am a hard working self-starter who works well alone or with others. my email is el.eshelman@comcast.net. ny help would be appreciated. Have a hungry family here.

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machineguns in Watertown, New York

40 months ago

Jump on the boat mister, I'm 27thousand and something now that they have that MIX 20/20 BS going here in NY. Was 39, but now Im 27 thousand and something......I don't get it at all. I've ran over 30 guys on a crew and have beaucoup experince in commercial carpentry, but unless your someone's relative or willing to drive 300 miles without any perdiem to cover hotel or food, your SOL. Kind of a moot point to spend your paycheck on the hotel and food to have less than wind up with on unemployment doing nothing...and sacrifice the time with your family. No, won't do it, done it and I'm over the struggle of it. When I run out of unemployment, I may just get that rope out and be done with the BS. I'm about as discouraged as I can get right now..........

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Randall Wright in Springfield, Ohio

40 months ago

I am looking for work please 32 yaer at this. Iam 49 year old and a hard worker.

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Randall Wright in Springfield, Ohio

40 months ago

I am looking for work please 32 yaer at this. Iam 49 year old and a hard worker.

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dosxxey in Pulaski, New York

40 months ago

same here in hastings NY only 11 weeks worked this year...just got lucky the other day. went to carosel mall walked on the scaffold job was hired. there is so many different contractors in there now if you have time it might be worth it to stop in. bring your hat walk in the east side new addition;;;take care Brother;;;;;Kevin277[NES}

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hammers75 in Middletown, Connecticut

39 months ago

Honestly do you stay or do you go.Work is work no matter what you do.Ive been of and on as union carpenter for about 3 years now.I love the brotherhood with everthing ive got but sometimes a mans gotta do what a mans gotta do.I work two part time jobs at night then do side jobs to get by.HAVE FAITH its going to get better trust me its picking up pretty good here in connecticut.

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Joe in Iowa City, Iowa

39 months ago

jerry cook in Pinellas Park, Florida said: try walsh construction if ur a bridge carpenter , they also have building trades i know they have a office in chicago ill. they have a good guy working for them buy the name paul bitters , he honest and stright to the point

There is no work in the Springfield, Il area. They say next year that there is a green power plant that is supposed to start. Not sure when though.

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Joe Fulton in Springfield, Illinois

39 months ago

I've been out of work for 8 months this year. I'm willing to travel to work and will do anything. I just need some leads for work. If anyone has any suggestions I'd really appreciate them!! Thanks

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sirfranky in Auburn, Washington

39 months ago

South dakota guys pack everything u got

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tony l in Idaho Falls, Idaho

39 months ago

sirfranky in Auburn, Washington said: South dakota guys pack everything u got

say what, when and where?

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Joe Fulton in Iowa City, Iowa

39 months ago

Can you give me some more details. Name and number of a company.

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sirfranky in Bonney Lake, Washington

39 months ago

Heres the deal theres alot of oil in the dakotas north south i cant remember which one for sure research it guys. Anyway theres a big time shortage on everything including housing for the work force thats why I said pack everything u can if u run work you should be a builder if not swing ur hammers like u know how, shoot for real early spring so the thaw is around the corner its an adventure sort of thing but well worth it but RESEARCH everything

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Marsh in Aurora, Colorado

39 months ago

I'm having my kitchen redone and needed about 4 hours worth of taping/mudding/texturing done. Little did I know that my contractor was sending a Mexican (and I'm not being derogotary about this). He's working up a sweat and doing a good job. When I asked the price, he said it would be fair. Half way through the job, he said he'd have to return tomorrow. I asked again - he popped up with $450. Over $100 an hour??? Like pigs fly. Here's what I've found in the Denver area, GCs hire vendors who hire illegals, pay them $8-$12 an hour while Americans go without. If I've heard it once, I've heard it hundreds of times, "Subcontractors these days don't have any work ethic. They don't show when they're supposed to, they don't respond to calls, emails or texts."

IF you guys and gals are indeed wanting work, then get back on track, find your work ethic and be responsible. Next, show up at construction sites with navy blue jackets and baseball hats looking like INS personal. When the illegals run off the site, offer your services and work as hard as they do. Maybe then things will turn around.

Illegal immigrants are eating your share of the pie. And please, don't ask the government to do anything for you. Open your eyes, they are the problem by allowing them to stay.

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sirfranky in Bonney Lake, Washington

39 months ago

Watch out there guys might start calling you our leader... I hear you we are on our own these guys Big business runs it way around all of us and if you know your historythats the way it has always been in this country NO LYING...

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kathy in Cleveland, Ohio

39 months ago

I cannot believe the gullible people here. People, there have been posts for carpenters in the Dakotas and other Middle-of-Nowhereville states all year. In fact, they were the focus of articles written on the subject of "where the jobs are and the uemployed workers are NOT".
Anyhow, the pay rate is cheap from what I saw. What you can afford to live in, other than a box, I have no idea. Moreover, do you have a house to unload? Can you do that? Who is gonna pay your moving costs? About 5,000 for a decent size truck, & that is on a you-load, they drive basis. Do you have first, last & security deposit for a place to stay? Does your family want to live in places like these states, when the demographics clearly show people moved AWAY from the breadbaskets & went to the coasts? Just a FEW questions that come to mind every time I read one of the "run now" to this area, that area. BTW, you all remember what happened in Louisiana, right? Flooded in by illegal mexican workers who did all the work cheaply, then groused that they were "lured' there by us americans! And now, New Orleans & area is another place contaminated by mexico.

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sirfranky in Bonney Lake, Washington

39 months ago

kathy in Cleveland, Ohio said: I cannot believe the gullible people here. People, there have been posts for carpenters in the Dakotas and other Middle-of-Nowhereville states all year. In fact, they were the focus of articles written on the subject of "where the jobs are and the uemployed workers are NOT".
Anyhow, the pay rate is cheap from what I saw. What you can afford to live in, other than a box, I have no idea. Moreover, do you have a house to unload? Can you do that? Who is gonna pay your moving costs? About 5,000 for a decent size truck, & that is on a you-load, they drive basis. Do you have first, last & security deposit for a place to stay? Does your family want to live in places like these states, when the demographics clearly show people moved AWAY from the breadbaskets & went to the coasts? Just a FEW questions that come to mind every time I read one of the "run now" to this area, that area. BTW, you all remember what happened in Louisiana, right? Flooded in by illegal mexican workers who did all the work cheaply, then groused that they were "lured' there by us americans! And now, New Orleans & area is another place contaminated by mexico.

still a dumbass must be a browns fan

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greg z in West Sacramento, California

39 months ago

hey, ive been a union member for 8 years. everyone is right about not working if you aren't in the circle. its like any other job. put in your time and if your any good you will find a home. on the other hand about 60 to 70 % of carpenters join as so called journeyman. if you want to be successful in OUR UNION. MY ADVICE IS COMPLETE THE APPRENTICE PROGRAM. by doing so you give companies cheap labor, in turn they keep you around when you torn out. so all those carpenters that thought they were journeyman without the school. go back start over take the classes and become a company man. good luck to all my brothers and sisters out there that completed the program and are still looking for work.

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machineguns in Watertown, New York

39 months ago

Uprooting your family on a whim or leaving your family behind on a whim........don't think so, how about I just go to Alaska and pan for gold........the odds are probably better for something long term.

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sirfranky in Bonney Lake, Washington

39 months ago

When I was younger I spent 5 years in Alaska best time of my life didnt find gold but did well fishing. I never said take the family to work with you.... Some of these guys on here havent worked in a long time so it might be worth it to them.

This blog is for( Union carpenter out of work.. ) Not skepticism about traveling for work.... carpenters have traditionally followed the work as well as coal miners and everyone else that wanted to take a chance on the American Dream..

You gotta want it I know there are guys on here that do...

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kjhairston in Scottsdale, Arizona

39 months ago

I agree with you 100% I also completed the apprenticeship and became a journeyman about 8 years or so ago... I am still on the work list that I signed up for in april. I am number 51 now and started at 376 or something like that. I can only hope that when my number comes up that im not working for 3 months and then back to the end of the line again.. Its hard out here on the west coast especially in arizona where I live. Arizona is not a pro-union state. I hate to admit it but I had to work non union to get by. I am not happy about it at all. But I got a family of 8 to provide for and I am the only source of income. I sell my skills and knowledge for less than half my journeymans wages at times. What else can I do? Im a paycheck away from working at Mc Donalds. ( No offense ) I just dont see anything changing for the better anytime soon...

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sirfranky in Bonney Lake, Washington

39 months ago

You do what you have to...I would rather see you survive thru this and eventually get our Union strong again then to perish into poverty...

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machineguns in Watertown, New York

39 months ago

I am a union carpenter and I am justifiably skeptical. 4 years of part time work is enough proof to suit me. I am currently unemployed for the fourth year in a row and on my 6th month of it. You can want all you like, but if it's not there it's not there. A more productive solution to leaving your family or selling your home in a bad market, if you even can....is to do like I have done and go down to the department of labor (the people that send you that unemployment check every week) and have them assist you in finding a job with your transferable skills....that is more than just swinging hammers and hands on stuff by the way. Not everyone is in the position to pack it up and go for that gusto you speak up.....no matter how much they want it. This isn't a TV show we're talking about, this is real life, not Alaska Gold Rush or Black Gold (oil rig reality show)......want it or not, there are alternatives when you realize that not every job in life can be a union job, there is always a point where you have to step down and get your hands a little dirtier.

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jose m sanchez in carol stream, Illinois

39 months ago

You can`t contaminate something that was already contaminated. With all the lazy bums that don`t want to do the work they had to bring others.

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kathy in Cleveland, Ohio

39 months ago

sirfranky in Bonney Lake, Washington said: still a dumbass must be a browns fan

Since when am I STILL a dumbass? Idiot child, I get many, many positive comments on this board. Why? Cuz I actually thinkdeeply about subjects, not spout out "you are my hero" and "let's all get up & run to Nowhereville" on rumors and a whim! Do you even think about the subjects you profess to know about? No. Did you even read ANY of the articles I mentioned about the job disconnection for the unemployed or the scenario of what happend in Louisiana? No, you didn't. Could you quote the dollar figures I gave you or think ahead to the expenses you would need to fork out? Certainly not. Instead, our Big Thinker Extraordinaire hurls a name out, probably never even read any of my previous posts so is totally unfamiliar with any of my thoughts, and then makes -- dear god -- a sports reference????
BTW, I don't watch ANY pro football, loser. I refuse to watch overpaid, slickly-packaged childish men with huge ego playing a fun game who then whine about their contracts all the while posing for the cameras. No thank you. I prefer more brainier pursuits.

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