r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Silver 5 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

Join a Union, they'll provide you with your equipment. I know people bitch about the dues, but the benefits greatly outweigh the $35 a month. I mean, with your Journeyman card that's only one hour of pay a month anyway. Plus, pensions are a beautiful thing.

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u/Dulcinut Jan 15 '22

As a union carpenter of over 50 years, carpenters are required to provide their own hand tools. The contractor furnishes power tools. Yes, the benefits are outstanding

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

Huh, I'm at the Laborer's Union and I'm a Hall Clerk, so I guess maybe it differs from contract to contract or trade to trade. I'm still kinda new but I could have sworn I heard a BA tell someone they didn't need to buy their own tools. Maybe it is no for heavy tools, but for hand tools, you do.

Well, TIL, thank you :)

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u/Dulcinut Jan 15 '22

I don’t believe laborers in our area supply so much as a hammer! I know that first year carpenter apprentices have a minimum required list of tools. Once I purchased what I minimally needed I would try to buy a tool a week. The tools you need for a concrete job are way different than for a drywall or finish job.

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u/Cloberella Jan 15 '22

Hmmm. I don't handle any of the job site stuff, mostly what I do is handle dues payments, contractor payments, and coordinate benefits. Either I misunderstood or it was a job-specific agreement I guess.