Or join the union! We are a non-union company, but I am a card carrier, mainly cause I sometimes get called on jobs that are union and a card is needed. From my experience, if the job is "run" by a union GC , or builder, only union shops will be invited to bid. Normally I am goldleafing on site and before I joined, the unions didnt have leafers in the locals so I didnt get really harrased. But on a job in MI they were strict so that for me to work, I had to join. There are some citys that are strong and if a non union painter came in, the job shuts down, elect, plumb, plasters all go home so what happens is they cant afford that so they dump the painter. Good luck! IUPAT..