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Is a union or private company more beneficial to my sucess?

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Shane’s Answer

I am Local 104 Boilermakers out of Seattle Washington. Being a part of a union is a double edged sword. On one hand it provides job security and helps you keep a living wage and makes sure companies don't take advantage of their employees. It also protects lazy people who have no business being on a job site. Being a part of a union is a personal choice for everyone, I have friends who absolutely hate working any union jobs. I have chosen to be a part of the union because I love what I do and where I work.
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Zachary’s Answer

As a Welder, get in to the union as fast as possible! There is not a better wage or benefit source! Start calling your local hall today!
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Francisco’s Answer

Hi Sam

I think there's a bit of confusion in your question. Private companies, as well as government jobs can have unions. Actually, most of the businesses that are union environments are private enterprises where a union is key for employees to have negotiation power and leverage to make the company provide decent wages, benefits, and adequate work conditions. That being said, a lot of private companies do their best to avoid unions from forming as they don't like having to make concessions to their workers if they don't have to.

If your intention is to be a welder or trades worker I personally would recommend looking into companies where you will get the benefits and salary that you seek. Not everyone likes a union environment, but historically unions have been key in evolving our labor rules. For example, unions are behind the 40 hrs work week, the weekend, the minimum wage, amongst other key labor rules. So it all depends if you'd rather be on your own and get what you get from your job, or have the option of having a group of people represent you in negotiating with your employer.

Hope this helps
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