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Old 03-04-2014, 02:26 AM   #1
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Anyone here a longshore man

Im looking to get in but there not hiring, any of you guys willing to help?
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you have alot to learn about the docks if you think this is how you get a job there.

if you want money, get a trade and work out of town.
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took my buddie 10 years to finnaly get full time. Rs probably not the best place for help for this topic
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Docks go by senority, good luck trying to find work.
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Are you white? It's very very difficult since its a white mans world in there and most hiring is through connections. It goes by seniority.

You most likely not gonna get the longshore man job unless u wait 10 years... those ppl does jack and just sit in their cars all day and get paid.

Do you just want to get inside to work?
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try vancouvermustangs.com might have better luck on there.... LOL
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if anyone can hook me up there please let me know

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Are you white? It's very very difficult since its a white mans world in there and most hiring is through connections. It goes by seniority.

You most likely not gonna get the longshore man job unless u wait 10 years... those ppl does jack and just sit in their cars all day and get paid.

Do you just want to get inside to work?
yeah i just want to work
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yeah i just want to work
Look the point has been made, you are not going to get hired at the docks by posting a thread on a local automotive forum...

Go get a job and get a trade ticket. Or go work as a crane operator up at mac, or up north somewhere. They want people with experience...

This isn't the 1940's when you can go stand by a gate, and they come and pick new labourers every morning...
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I have a buddy who works there and like said above, it took him about 10 years to get on full time, and it'll till be a year or two before he's a full on member. The money sounds amazing though, if you're willing to work nights or graveyards.
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Yo man I work there, I can get you started ASAP. Full union benefits, no wait. PM me,.. my fee is $500 to get you in. Please send money to paypal "areyouserious@youdumbass.com"

Show up for work early Monday morning at the docks, I'll be the guy not there, sleeping in my bed.
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wasnt looking for someone to hook me up was just wondering how you would even go about getting this job
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wasnt looking for someone to hook me up was just wondering how you would even go about getting this job
You need to know people or wait for another public hiring, last time was a few years back because I know a few guys who got lucky and got jobs.
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lol one of my fathers friends is a crane operator, income is insane considering what he does.....

I can't imagine what would happen if the dock workers ever decided to strike
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I've got a few friends who work at the various docks (surprisingly, one of 'em is a girl lol). It's damn hard to get in and the only reason why most of 'em managed to get hired is because they had an in with either a family member or close friend who works/worked there. That said, if you can finally get in, if you put the hours in, you can get some fantastic paycheques. Provided you can get in...
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buddy got in because of his dad that has worked there for decades, and even then only 1 of the son got in, theres 2 others that are still waiting.
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I know nothing about this world, but let me ask some qu's:

what are the barriers to entry? it is unions?

What strikes me is that there is a huge barrier to entry (likely not education, i appreciate you probably need a 2 year trade/some apprenticeship, in this day an age that's the norm, so not a barrier to entry), yet pay is high, and there's huge demand (likely because of the relatively high pay.

Why is this not a market based system, where because demand hugely outstrips supply pay should go down to equate the two - I assume this is union related.

Total BS (and no, i'm not saying this b/c i want to work in that field, i'm as white collar as they come, you really couldn't pay me enough to work with inbred mustang driving hicks (and yes, I've owned a mustang and am Caucasian))
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I don't believe any education is required, and yeah it's union so that's why the pay is so high.

It's give and take imo. Yeah you're making awesome money but only if you work nights or graveyard. I think the pay is something like $30 something an hour on days, $40+ on afternoons and $50+ on graveyards.

My buddy only works graveyard, said he made almost 110k last year. He also barely gets any sleep and looks like he's in his mid 30's at 28.
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I've got a few friends who work at the various docks (surprisingly, one of 'em is a girl lol). It's damn hard to get in and the only reason why most of 'em managed to get hired is because they had an in with either a family member or close friend who works/worked there. That said, if you can finally get in, if you put the hours in, you can get some fantastic paycheques. Provided you can get in...
Everyone I know who got in has an uncle or father who works there.

Guy I know got in because his dad's a foreman, and even after a year + being there, without him having a trade he gets maybe 1-2 shifts a week at tops.

I'd love to work there, but unless I'm getting enough shifts to cover my bills, not worth it. If I was 18 again I'd be applying non stop, but the older I get the less appealing longshore becomes. Who wants to be 25-45 and only getting 1-2 shifts a week (if your lucky). To me it seems like one of those get in when your young and living with your parents...or struggle with bills for a few years until you can get a few shifts more a week
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Probably not anywhere like it used to be working as a longshoreman, but prerequisite course was, azzhole 101.

Dickwad 101 and shitface 200 level courses were optional.

I'm sure things have changed a bit.



Hey, maybe I should apply, LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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