I’m tryin to figure out the best/easiest way for someone like me (ex-Navy, no civilian experience, AB unlimited) to get a job [U]and[/U] get all my STCW classes paid for. When I talk to either SIU or MMP (unlicensed division) they make it seem so easy. Pay some dues, show up at a union hall, go to sea and when you return we’ll send you to school. Heck they even give you room, board and travel. It seems so easy.
The alternative seems to be to go to sea with a company that pays for training. Finding a job doesn’t seem so easy, from the posts I read.
Anyway, the salary survey says that [B]only 3% of you guys are in a union.[/B] I respect the talent/experience on this forum so I figure there has to be something significantly wrong with being in a union. What’s up?