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Lari Darryn TX (8a)

I recently met a man that heads a good sized electrical contracting firm the DFW area. He told me that he turns down work because he does not have enough electricians, and he doesn't understand why more young people don't choose this field, since he starts journeyman at $30/hour.

   
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Lari Darryn TX (8a)

Also, I know a woman that did HVAC certification, made an excellent living, and then sold the business when she was 50.

   
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Megan McHale

Starting out in a trade, even in a big city area, you are starting out at less than Fast food chain wages...so why work a trade, destroy your body, get screwed by the Unions taking even more of your money: when you can go to college, work at a place that pays better benefits (unions barely cover dental and eye care-they SAY they do, but then deny the claims religiously) and not have back, knee and shoulder problems later in life(we don't get footballers salary~so our futures are filled with Dr.'s appointments that lead to unaffordable solutions)...If we are worried about skilled labor, maybe we should think about paying them better. Don't patronize me I come from generations of union workers and skilled laborers; additionally, my husband is currently part of a Union so I DO know what I am talking about. I live it, my neighbors live it and the rest of the workers we work side by side with know what I am saying. Sugar coat it however you like, but we are NOT taken care of properly yet needed so badly...

   

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