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Old 01-23-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Default Union carpenter thinking of moving to Triangle

My husband and I are thinking of relocating to NC from NY. He is currently in the Carpenters Union in NYC, can you transfer to NC? Are there union construction jobs? Is there a waiting list? i know the union is in Lexington but we don't want to live there. We want to live in the triangle. How far is the commute?

We have a 3yr old and want good schools and we can spend $250+ on a house.

Thanks

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Old 01-23-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: NC
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Lexington is closer to Charlotte than Raleigh.

Unions are not as big here as they are up north, I would probably talk to your union rep, they would probably have more info regarding union jobs here.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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One of the reasons why corporations love The South is that The South hates unions.

I have noticed a drop in workmanship quality since moving to The South, particularly in the Fayetteville area.

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Old 01-23-2011, 05:15 PM
 
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One of the reasons why corporations love The South is that The South hates unions.

I have noticed a drop in workmanship quality since moving to The South, particularly in the Fayetteville area.
Exactly the issue.

If you have a decent union job, stay out of the right to work (for less) states.

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Old 01-23-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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Definitely speak to the Union but I would gear up for a 50% wage reduction. My wife is a RN from NY and after 5 years she's finally making what she did up north. Unions are just not that visible here.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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I still hold my book at a NJ Carpenters Local. There is very little union work in the south. Some Fed work, highly skilled "clean rooms" lab stuff. There are also a few union "shops" around. Like mass producing cabinets or some other manafacturing plant type place....and just a few. Last I checked the BA in Lexington wouldnt put on outsiders since there wasnt even enough work for locals...

OTOH A skilled Journeyman should have no problem finding a decent job here. Just wont be Union.

I shoulda went to Hawaii in '86 when they were begging for carpenters from the east coast to move out there.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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i know the union is in Lexington but we don't want to live there. We want to live in the triangle. How far is the commute?
Have you looked at a map? Lexington is 2 hours from Raleigh. Not a commuting distance. As others have said, NC is known for not being union-friendly.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Any carpenter looking for union work in the triangle will find a very hostile environment to work in. GC will not hire any union workers unless required by a federal contract. One of the reasons I love the south!
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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My father was a Union plumber in PA for 20+ years before coming to NC. What a shock. His wages and benefits were so high in PA and they were drastically slashed here, over 50%. He's since moved into another line of work, still making 50% of the salary he did in PA though. I think you will find that some skilled trades in the south vary greatly from the standards of craftsmanship that you may be used to in the north.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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There are little to no union construction jobs here. More importantly, there is not much construction going on at all. It is not a good time to try to establish yourself in that line of work as the multitudes of builders that have gone under have saturated the job pool by putting away their "shirt and ties" and picking their hammers back up.
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