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Friday, May 13, 2016

Questions about LLNL

I am a long time Union skilled trade worker. I have a few acquaintances that work or have worked at the lab. I have heard some good and bad things about working at the lab. I am considering apply for a position but was looking for a few opinions of what it is like to work at the lab. Can I please ask what is a typical day like for a trades employee, pay, the benefits, and Union leadership. I would also like to know if all work falls under Davis Bacon prevailing wage guidelines. If Davis Bacon applies are there two different rates for the site in Livermore and the other site out inTracy?

For those wondering I am looking to stay in my trade but am looking for something more stable and closer to home. I currently drive over two hours each way to job sites that are all over the bay. 

Thanks for your open and honest replies


Anonymous said...

If you must quote Davis Bacon in the initial stages of finding a job, you must not be that good.

How's that for honesty?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but if you're looking for some informed, objective, useful input on the labs, you've come to the wrong place. This blog is overwhelmingly a forum for rants. Pro-Livermore anti-Los Alamos rants. Pro-Los Alamos anti-Livermore rants. Pro-lab anti-fed rants, and vice versa. The occasional political rants from whatever kookoo extreme position you might imagine. Oh, and rants about rants, occasionally self-referential.

I do have to agree with 3:54 AM

Anonymous said...

If you want to suck on the Government tit for being "compliant", the NNSA labs are mother's milk.

Anonymous said...

I apologize for others on this site. If you can't be nice,... Yes, trades are paid at the prevailing Davis Bacon rates. Yes, site 200 (Livermore) and site 300 (Tracy) are paid at different rates as dictated by the Wage Determination as they are in different counties. A great deal of the employment for the trades is currently subcontracted through Akima Construction.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but if you're looking for some informed, objective, useful input on the labs, you've come to the wrong place.

Ain't that the sad truth. Angry, cynical, delusional, professional has been's, morbidly curious, looking for cheap entertainment, leftist-rightist punch bags, science hating, old farts, wet behind the ears know it alls, and defiantly illogical are the regular visitors to this tavern. Occasionally informative good conversations can be found but one has to sift through many samples which make you feel dirty after like a bad trip to a Tijuana whore house. However, like the meth that many on this forum smoke its addictive and thus my continuous return.

Anonymous said...

It's good steady work if you can keep out of the political bs. I was In the trades for 38 year and finally managed to retire. It not for everyone UT if you can last at least a few years it looks impressive on your resume. Good luck and try to enjoy the ride.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:42 PM. Keep you head low, agree with whatever mangement says, do not whistle-blow on safety concerns , and you will do just fine.

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