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hello all, i have been accepted into local 2235(pittsburgh pa)millwrights apprentice program.i understand that works is sporadic but can a guy 34,non-working wife,2 kids make a decent living as a millwright these days?i have a steady job now but i would like to learn the millwright trade.how are the benefits and pension programs or are they run by a local to local level.as a member of the steelworkers now i understand brotherhood and solidarity and would like honest answers.can i better myself and my families by joining?currently i make 45thousand a year.i understand it isnt about the money but can i make at least this much these days? thanks
-- darren deemer (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 13, 2002
Recently, while a major project was being done, a survey/study was done in my area. The results were quite interesting. Out of 100 college gradutes only 6 had income equivelent to or greater than a person working in the trades! The work can certainly be sporadic for a millwright! Facts is facts, established millwrights do quite well. I have members who have already made over 40k this year. (its June as I write this) These guys are not superintendents or foreman, they are regular millwrights. This is in a time of slow work. I also have members who make very little. Whats the difference? Obviously its the people involved. If you properly apply your training with skill and hustle you will do well. As you make contacts in the industry and build a reputation (good or bad) you will be judged and hired on your merits. As to benefits... Most are locally managed as a Taft-Hartley trust with equal representation by management and labor. In our area millwrights have expensive but awesome health insurance, a building trades pension fund, and a modified 401-K plan. Although now a minor level union functionary I have never regretted my affiliation (and now, representation) as a Union millwright. I wish you well in your choice of carreers. Fraternal Regards, Rocky
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