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Old 08-12-2016, 07:12 PM   #18521
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The boss had to lay off the labourer today. There's just not enough work to keep him going. It's too bad because he was shaping up to be a good worker.

My position is still stable, for now. Still, when guys start being sent home it makes a person nervous. There's one other person that would be laid off before me but hopefully it doesn't come to that.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:17 PM   #18522
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When I was a laborer I was almost always the last to go during slow times. Even after most carpenters. Things were different in the early 80's though. Laborers were a trade in thier own right. Unless it's union I dont think it's the same today.
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When I was a laborer I was almost always the last to go during slow times. Even after most carpenters. Things were different in the early 80's though. Laborers were a trade in thier own right. Unless it's union I dont think it's the same today.
I've heard of a labourer's union in the States but never up here. A labourer here is generally an entry level position and unskilled.

I'm on the tools, specializing in finishing but going the direction of superintendent so I've got dealing with trades and troubleshooting issues to keep me busy.

Our other carpenter is strictly tools specializing in framing. If I have trouble keeping her busy I might have her gut the trailers, rebuild and reorganize them. They definitely need it. Once we get to the point where we can start finishing in our only project I can train her. That will keep us both busy for quite a while.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:30 PM   #18524
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I've heard of a labourer's union in the States but never up here. A labourer here is generally an entry level position and unskilled.

I'm on the tools, specializing in finishing but going the direction of superintendent so I've got dealing with trades and troubleshooting issues to keep me busy.

Our other carpenter is strictly tools specializing in framing. If I have trouble keeping her busy I might have her gut the trailers, rebuild and reorganize them. They definitely need it. Once we get to the point where we can start finishing in our only project I can train her. That will keep us both busy for quite a while.
I was making 23 bucks an hour as a laborer in the 1980's prevailing wages.
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I was making 23 bucks an hour as a laborer in the 1980's prevailing wages.
Labours must have had a skill set to have commanded that high of a wage. What were your duties?
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:38 PM   #18526
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Finish grading, driving a skip loaded, bobcat, forklift and sometimes a water truck.
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Finish grading, driving a skip loaded, bobcat, forklift and sometimes a water truck.
Definitely a different time. Now all they do is sweep and fetch tools. That's how I started though.
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Union laborers here do mostly site piping/utility install and demolition/cleaning. I think they make somewhere in the low $30's/hr.


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I've heard of a labourer's union in the States but never up here. A labourer here is generally an entry level position and unskilled.

I'm on the tools, specializing in finishing but going the direction of superintendent so I've got dealing with trades and troubleshooting issues to keep me busy.

Our other carpenter is strictly tools specializing in framing. If I have trouble keeping her busy I might have her gut the trailers, rebuild and reorganize them. They definitely need it. Once we get to the point where we can start finishing in our only project I can train her. That will keep us both busy for quite a while.
And if things get really really slow you can have her tend to your personal needs!
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:13 AM   #18530
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Just down the road, yesterday afternoon:



I don't mind being without power for a while but I hate the hum of the generator my neighbors are using to run their fridge, AC, and outside lights. Just rough it for a day or two!

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I've heard of a labourer's union in the States but never up here. A labourer here is generally an entry level position and unskilled.

I'm on the tools, specializing in finishing but going the direction of superintendent so I've got dealing with trades and troubleshooting issues to keep me busy.

Our other carpenter is strictly tools specializing in framing. If I have trouble keeping her busy I might have her gut the trailers, rebuild and reorganize them. They definitely need it. Once we get to the point where we can start finishing in our only project I can train her. That will keep us both busy for quite a while.
There are many, on commercial sites you will typically have a construction company that provides union carpenters and laborers. Typically the laborers outnumber the other trades on a jobsite. Right now I think laborers are billed out at 55 an hour and carpenters 77 an hour.

On big jobs there are countless tasks for laborers, in general it's moving stuff, protecting floors, carrying out trash, putting up signs, enforcing safety, acting as assistants to other trades.
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I don't mind being without power for a while but I hate the hum of the generator my neighbors are using to run their fridge, AC, and outside lights. Just rough it for a day or two!
I had a neighbor run one 24 hours a day for 4 months (actually, it was a couple different generators - they wore out). Hot fueled them, and kept a line of gas cans right next to it. Not much chance of peace and tranquility....
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I had a neighbor run one 24 hours a day for 4 months (actually, it was a couple different generators - they wore out). Hot fueled them, and kept a line of gas cans right next to it. Not much chance of peace and tranquility....
Ahh yes living off the grid.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:43 AM   #18534
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I don't mind being without power for a while but I hate the hum of the generator my neighbors are using to run their fridge, AC, and outside lights. Just rough it for a day or two!
I'm guessing you don't have a generator.
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:21 AM   #18535
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When, with the humidity, it feels like 96* 103*at 8 9 AM....
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:58 AM   #18536
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I don't mind being without power for a while but I hate the hum of the generator my neighbors are using to run their fridge, AC, and outside lights. Just rough it for a day or two!
I don't want to be without power for more than 2 min.
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Our power went out last night. 9 hours. We just bought a bunch of groceries. Don't wanna open the fridge.

Anyone know how long a fridge stays cold inside?

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Our power went out last night. 9 hours. We just bought a bunch of groceries. Don't wanna open the fridge.

Anyone know how long a fridge stays cold inside?

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I don't mind being without power for a while but I hate the hum of the generator my neighbors are using to run their fridge, AC, and outside lights. Just rough it for a day or two!
Rough it for a few days? Ya, screw that. Buy your own generator and save the stuff in your fridge too.

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