4th Year Apprentice, Steamfitters #449
Dominic worked non-union construction for several years and had the chance to work with a lot of union trade ‘fitters’ during that time.
“The more I talked to these folks, the more it made sense for me to look at getting into the apprentice program and get the training I needed to make this a true career,” he said. “That was the part missing working non-union; the training just wasn’t there so you never really progressed. Add to that the increased wages and benefits and it was an easy decision.”
Beyond learning the skills to be a trade professional, Dominic appreciates the bonding of being a member of the Local #449. He says it’s like being on a sports team with everyone supporting each other and helping each other to be at their best.
Dominic also appreciates the safety of a union job site. “We are highly trained in every aspect of safety and everyone takes that very, very seriously and that makes for a more productive and satisfying place to work.”