How many members are out of work?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Motopro00, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    I am a union carpenter in St.Louis. I work union or non union as it does not matter to me as long as I am working. But I have not had a job in over a year. :Mad: I have built two decks on the side but it was not worth it as I only ended up making 5 bucks an hour on it. I am on my extension and don't see any thing changing by the time it runs out. Anyone have any words of wisdom for this struggling young man? :sad: How many of you are unemployed or underemployed?
     
  2. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    No one is out of work? :bulgy-eyes: Well can someone hook me up with a job then? :waiting:
     

  3. airdrop

    airdrop New Member

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    it looks bad out there but spread yourself out more , maybe look at fire damage repair service thru insureance co. , look up lowes or homedepot and sign up for contrator work. Making a spot for yourself well take some thinking but hang in there.
     
  4. steveturner024

    steveturner024 Active Member

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    Steve Turner
    I have been laid off since September 27, 2009. I'm a Machinist and the company I worked for downsized and laid off around 40 people and they told us to find another job because they are not calling anyone back. I feel your pain I have applied to around 80 jobs and still haven't got one. I worked in St. Peters MO.
     
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  5. Papa64

    Papa64 New Member

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    As long as it holds out, I'm in a way glad I'm disabled these days. Doesn't pay much but at least I know I got a check coming right now anyway. My opinion beore I got ddisabled was any job beat no job. I still have a little partime job, but nothing hard anymore.
     
  6. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    I even packed up everything I owned and moved to colorado and started working on a oil drilling rig. The drilling field shut down. I have done insurance jobs and what not but with house market shutting down there is a flood of carpenters looking for work also. I bet I have called 600 companys and walked on job site and talked to every person I know and I am a 11 year vet. NOTHING!
     
  7. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    I made good money the last 2 years and my unemployment goes through colorado so get better money than the missouri unemployment guys. I would have to make at least 13 bucks an hour to do better than unemployement. Sorry I am just venting.
     
  8. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    yes sir. you got me on this one. my last day was nov. 13, 2009. This is why I found a new love CATFISHING!!! I didn't have anything to do but drive over to the river and throw out some bait. I guess something good has come out of it. If you want to become a carpenter in the union I can walk you threw all the steps to join. The union always wants the best cheapest labor they can get. I've help lots of gys get started.
     
  9. dolittle9

    dolittle9 Well-Known Member

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    I feel your pain brother. I'm retired not by choice had two Heart attacks. so, I'm on the Disable list. Hang in there somthing will come along. Might not be what you want. but, it will get you through the tough times

    Dolittle
     
  10. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    I won't say any words that would sound like I feel your pain I am old enough thou to say if you are out fishing and you don't catch do you find another hole and a differant bait or stand there and moan you might look into getting some help in a new training in a differant field I know construction is hurting cause I haul building material and this past two years has hurt but I will not quit just if it is needed I will change the bait and or the hole I don't mean to sound smart alec jusst making a suggestion
     
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  11. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    you make sence. I did pack up everything I own and jump in the truck and went to oil rig school in wyoming. I got a job out of that then got laid off as soon as obama got voted in? I came back here and have been everywhere and talked to anyone who would listen. nothing. All the people with the job's will always be confindent that it's cause there someone special. But it's really about what you know or who you know. I will bet anyone I can out work them. Any bosses out there willing to take me up on my challenge? I will out work your current workers!
     
  12. justcallme12

    justcallme12 New Member

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    ok since you have a little oil rig experience you might want to try trans ocean drilling... they have rigs all over.. in the water i mean by all over. My brother in law got on with them( gulf of Mexico) when he lost his job and they pay very very well. My husband works for Rowan drilling but they are not hireing...... and brother in law works for trans ocean.....right now he is working 21 days on rig 21 days at home... but like most drilling rigs there are 14 days rig and 14 home usually... Just a suggestion.
     
  13. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    I have work now, but I was out of work for 3, almost 4 monthes in 2009. It sucks. Had to get rid of my boat.... finally things are turned around.
     
  14. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    That is what I was doing!!! I was a floor hand working for Patterson UTI. I tried calling Alaska. I tired calling all the off shore company's. sorry guys I made this post. I will let it go. I will thank you if you respond. I called everyone you can suggest. I have drove thousand of miles going to offices. I am not trying to get a job for 9 bucks and hour. I want a career job. i just wanted see how many people were out of work.
     
  15. catman-j

    catman-j New Member

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    There are more people on here that are out of work I assure you. You might try the large construction companies up here. Kiewit, Hawkins, Weitz, Dicon, see what they have. They (oil companies) still drill for oil in Kansas and Oklahoma.
     
  16. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    I got laid off in May last year, I had a couple jobs in CA but not much. I quit advertising a year ago, and with the economy I'm reluctant to spend money on itl. For me its a real slow time of the year, so I'm not sure its gonna be worth paying for advertising now. You can be the best there is at something but folks got to know what ya do and that you are available. Without advertising there won't be anyone calling ya. I got some unemployment I finally started using in Dec, so in a month or two I will check on things in the Midwest and probably start advertising. I get some small jobs to keep busy once in awhile, barely enough to buy cigarettes and gas. It will pick up, but not sure when. Right now there is a lot of uncertainty so people ain't gonna spend money on something until they are sure they will have a job and not be sorry they spent money they shoulda kept. It really sucks to invest in materials and do a job and then find out a customer can't or won't pay after ya finish.
     
  17. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    dont let it get you down , keep your head and hopes high . Im a 15 year painter my last job was with Becon construction it was far from my trade i was a water boy / forman over drinking water and house keeping i was laid off back in november worked on the local power plant for two years nine months i knew it was a temp job when i started . Im going back to school my first night is to night welding iv never done it but it seems to me the paper is always got ads for welders so im learning a new trade . The more trades you know the more trades you are available to do . Iv got eight years machine setup experience plus tool and die . Theres still more things to learn before i leave this world . The best advice any one can get is to keep trying and learning if your not learning your not living . Iv learned to not get used to alot of things in life for your life can be turned upside down in an instance .
     
  18. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Good luck with the welding classes Charles.....good skill to learn ...

    I use to teach it in High School... and the district shut down the machine shop/ welding classes....

    When I left the school district, I took my books and some others that were going to be dumped.....I have a ton of books but the cost to ship????
    let me know... I'm about to shit can em.....

    Stupid people running the curriculum choices these day..... Oh... they have technology class.... use computer... but no hand eye coordination skill learned....every ones going to the 4 year college and does not need practical skills...LMFAO
     
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  19. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    sept 30th 2009 was when i was laid off when they eliminated my department at work.
     
  20. tricitycatter

    tricitycatter Member

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    Here in WA the unemployment is called worksource, they have retraining programs, kinda hard to get in but I keep trying, look & see if they got anything like that where you are at. It could be worse, I lost a job after 911, all the Federal funding that paid for my program & wages went bye bye 2 weeks after 911, I was running a pregnacy prevention program I wrote for the Health District in Spokane & also a Hepatitis C & HIV needle exchange & ed program, I went back to bartending. Worked in Casinos around Seattle area for 7 years, when we moved to Kennewick no casino jobs here & too experinced as bartender to get a job so I took a construction gig, got hurt & had surgery...still have an open L & I claim, shitty lawer, and no one will hire me due to that. The bad thing is I have an AA & a BS in Community Health Ed so I am soo over qulified for most jobs, & since they have been cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation 1/2 the jobs there have gone by the wayside, been trying to get into a welding program with the Local 14 but they have a hang up over my L & I claim. Just keep your head up & remember things could be worse, you are still young.