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Old 08-24-2006, 10:49 PM
 
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Union Carpenter looking to relocate within the next year, any union contacts would be helpful.
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Old 08-25-2006, 07:24 AM
 
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I hope you're planning on a lond commute to work every day. Carbon County is a pretty depressed area with little if any major building going on. What is going is 99% likely to be non-union work, as the unions aren't very strong in that part of PA.

Plan on driving to the Philly area, or pretty far west into NJ every day to get work with any of the union shops. I run the estimating department for a large GC in central NJ, and most of the work is concentrated 50-60 miles minimum from where you are.

Bob
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Old 08-26-2006, 12:52 AM
 
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Default Union carpemter

thanks for your reply Bob.
Are you union? have you heard of local#76 out of Hazelton,Pa.?
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:03 PM
 
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Hazelton is a short drive from Carbon County . While there is some building here(mainly the Poconos) it is not much and yes it is Depressed here(No jobs- or ones that pay a living wage).

My daughters boyfriend works construction in the Poconos and he is not Union(I do not think that have many Unions if any for consruction here). He only makes alittle over $10.00 and hour and he has been with the company for 4 years! I feel at 30 he should be making a whole lot more but here in this area they take advantage of the workers. He does lots of overtime but complains his employeer is always to trying to cheat him ( also he has NO benifits so do not count on that). That is a way of life here in this area.

If your looking for a building boom I would go elsewhere.

Carbon County is filled with Poor Elderly living on Social Security checks of about 900 a month .

If anyone builds here it is young couples who both work or people who came from NJ or NY (they have the money).
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Mind if I ask why the focus on unions?

Friends of mine here in S Fla probably never heard of a union and make 6 figures a year doing their own thing right here.
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:10 PM
 
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How are things in Carbon county now?
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:07 AM
 
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People still wait years to get a union job.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:22 AM
 
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A lot of the construction work in that part of PA is done by Amish workers subcontracting to local builders.
They do everything but electrical. They are definitely non-union.
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Old 01-03-2015, 11:23 AM
 
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Interesting. I'm outside of Jim Thorpe in a community where many new homes are going up. All are being built by the same local builder and definitely not Amish. He's also not union.

My fiancé is with the Teamsters. He drives down to Conshohocken for his shop and most work is in Philly. While PA is not a right to work state, unions are far and few.
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Old 01-03-2015, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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Except for the formerly-coal-dominated towns to the west of Jim Thorpe, I don't think Carbon County could be called a "depressed area" any more. Much of the development is in the northern portion, particularly the retirement communities in Penn Forest Township.

Jim Thorpe, which those of us beyond a certain age will still recall as Mauch Chunk, has a rich history, and has capitalized upon it. The Court House (scene of some of the Molly Maguire trials) and the former Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company (now dissolved, but dating back to the "canal era" of the 1830's) building are both well preserved, and a "concert venue" known as Penn's Peak has been an unexpected success. Weatherly, close to the Luzerne County boundary, is somewhat stuck in a 1905 time frame due to the philanthropy of the steel magnate Charles Schwab, whose wife was born nearby.

Definitely worth checking out.

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