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    Can anyone shed light on this CalNev Jatc requiring apprentices to pay for lodging while travel in the territory?? Do contractors cover any cost not being storm work? Do they try and call out apprentices that don’t have to travel as much? Does this mean this Apprenticeship is for kids with no family or responsibilities? So a guy like me with extensive electrical experience, a family, mortgage and bills has no chance in this trade with CalNev JATC??? I know my skills and work ethic would be a very valuable asset to this trade but just can’t wrap my head around making 30/hr and paying $700 a week for hotels, meals, fuel, etc.. Thanks in advance and much respect to you lineman who give it all everyday for the communities.and

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricLife916 View Post
    Can anyone shed light on this CalNev Jatc requiring apprentices to pay for lodging while travel in the territory?? Do contractors cover any cost not being storm work? Do they try and call out apprentices that don’t have to travel as much? Does this mean this Apprenticeship is for kids with no family or responsibilities? So a guy like me with extensive electrical experience, a family, mortgage and bills has no chance in this trade with CalNev JATC??? I know my skills and work ethic would be a very valuable asset to this trade but just can’t wrap my head around making 30/hr and paying $700 a week for hotels, meals, fuel, etc.. Thanks in advance and much respect to you lineman who give it all everyday for the communities.and

    I can't tell you what Cal Nev does but I'm sure all of the Outside Apprenticeship programs a pretty much the same. I my area, NEAT and the Local Unions do NOT pay expenses! And The Contractors are not required to pay either! For example, NY is a good size State. Local 1249's jurisdiction is all of NY except NY City and Long Island. When you get a call to tell you to report to a job, you go and don't complain! No expenses per diem etc! That is what you knew when you applied to the JATC program.

    So, if you want to be a LIneman, suck it up for 3 1/2 years. Or go find another line of work. I am so sick of hearing all these Apps and wanna be Apps cry about not getting expenses and per diem!! Go to work for McDonalds, I hear they are hiring so you can stay home.

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    That contrasts to other countries where there's no way an apprentice would ever be expected to be out of pocket to work.
    Portable defibrillators were first invented to save the lives of linemen. Where's yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigClive View Post
    That contrasts to other countries where there's no way an apprentice would ever be expected to be out of pocket to work.

    You are so right Clive. I think some of these Apprentice's think they are Gods gift to Llinework and they haven't even started yet. I just don't get how these Apps think they should be paid expenses when traveling. Now when you become a Lineman in 3.5 years then you have some bargaining power but in the mean time, take your lumps, shut up and do what you are told!

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    Thanks for the reply Moe. Lol. Donít be upset man. Donít worry I wasnít crying, I was asking a simple question, I make 6 figures now so I think my career is good. Iíve put plenty of years in on the grind and still going, lineman arenít the only hard workers on this planet, only ignorance would think otherwise. I travel now for work so calm down with your shit talkin. You donít know what traveling is if you make comments about expenses and sucking it up. Everything cost money so stop being ignorant and acting like a big shot on this thread. Just because you earned JM status as a lineman doesnít make you a good Lineworker. So calm down.

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    Good one Clive! 🙄 You really make sense buddy. Not everyone is expected to have a high IQ.

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    I pay my way, I earn my money. If I was a app LM I would do the same. Period.

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    Have you thought of a camper to stay in. I know its a bit different in the winter but I do know that if you prep it right like skirting the underside It helps a lot on the heat loss. You have your own bed and shower and toylet. You can prep a meal before going to work and come home to a good cheap meal. ( and cold beers) I have had to stay in some pretty shitty hotels over the years. But some were also very nice.
    Working for a utility I never had to pay for room or board when leaving the district. But when contracting ( not storm work) I had to find and pay for a place to stay and no meal allowance. That's just the way it is when contracting. ( In my experience) Some may have other perks.
    Before I left PA I spent the winter in my camper to see if I could handle it before I retired and travel full time now.
    Good luck with your travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lineman1234 View Post
    Have you thought of a camper to stay in. I know its a bit different in the winter but I do know that if you prep it right like skirting the underside It helps a lot on the heat loss. You have your own bed and shower and toylet. You can prep a meal before going to work and come home to a good cheap meal. ( and cold beers) I have had to stay in some pretty shitty hotels over the years. But some were also very nice.
    Working for a utility I never had to pay for room or board when leaving the district. But when contracting ( not storm work) I had to find and pay for a place to stay and no meal allowance. That's just the way it is when contracting. ( In my experience) Some may have other perks.
    Before I left PA I spent the winter in my camper to see if I could handle it before I retired and travel full time now.
    Good luck with your travels.
    I know some guys that do exactly this in Cal/Nev when they work away from home. They bought a trailer or 5th wheel and set it up at a local RV park. Much cheaper than hotels and easier to book your stay in advance.
    Last edited by Talon; 03-03-2019 at 02:08 PM.

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