Step 1 Apprentice, Laborers of Western Pennsylvania
Paul had previous experience as a union craftsman having worked for a large electrical manufacturer. While his wages were good, he also faced the ongoing possibility of being laid-off. He made the move to the Laborers Union to gain long-term stability.
“Initially the hourly wage is lower, but the health and pension are far superior,” said Paul. “And as I look at it, I’ll be at the same pay level in a fairly short time, so overall it’s a great move for me.”
Paul also enjoys the variety of skills he is learning as a Laborer; from masonry work to asbestos abatement and environmental work.
“The training and scope of work that we do is exciting and keeps us in great demand.”