i was offered a job for a shop that is union only. ive never even considered going union, it always seemed to me like a backup plan for guys who couldnt cut it. ive known guys that change jobs every 3 months because they cant hold a job on their own merits, but the union helps them out and keeps them employed... i totally disagreed with things like that since ive worked my ass off to get to where im at now. i went to a diesel specific program in a trade high school, then went to UTI (tech college), ive got an associates in mechanical engineering... i didnt want my name associated with something like that. but my best friend is in the union and ive been talking with him about it a lot over the last few months, and it seems to be an alright deal. yeah there are the ones that are there because they need it but there's a lot of guys who are in it because they realize the benifits cant be matched anywhere else. its not all low lifes who need the help. so i did something i never thought id do today, and signed up... the company im going to work for is paying for me to enter the union so they can have me as an employee. i guess this is kind of a big thing huh? like i said ive never even considered it before. ill be getting more money, better benifits and working for a better more stable company than i do now. im kinda nervous about the whole thing but at the same time, so relieved to not have to work for the place im at anymore... what is the collective opinion here about uniuons? has anyone been in my shoes before that can relate? like i said im excited about the changes and learning new things but at the same time nervous... ive been the new guy at shops before, (which at 22yrs old isnt easy in a field dominated by 40+ yr old guys) but this whole union thing is a big change of pace for me.