Guys(and Gals) I need INPUT- Please–Your opinion — I added information!

If you had two job opportunities which one would you take? It’s for my husband-no small kids at home.

1. Union job for 8 months – excellent pay, full benefits, potential more union job but no guarantee – but will take you away from home. I would have access to stay with my husband anytime in our 5th wheel (job is 3 hrs. away). No guarantee more work but he worked for the organization last year and was called again as first on his list. More union jobs coming up (I hear). We have a solid 21 year marriage, and hubby has been out of work for 5 1/2 months. Work in a/c.


2. non union – full time, less pay, WAY harder work, benefits not so great, but you can stay home..except for 6 weeks in the fall-mandatory then to leave. work in no a/c (both places get very hot)

Another thing that is confusing is we are not sure we want to live in this town for the rest of our lives.
REALLY appreciate any and all thoughts!

6 Responses to “Guys(and Gals) I need INPUT- Please–Your opinion — I added information!”

  1. lollygabber Says:

    Is the non-union job temporary or permanent? Is the difference in pay greater than 10K/year?

  2. Mush Says:

    staying home can be a great incentive for many – moms in particular. but has it’s disadvantages too. don’t know what motivates you – staying home, or money?

  3. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Thank to both of you for such quick responses! I added information to the post.
    🙂 🙂 We are so confused!

  4. lollygabber Says:

    So I’m assuming you’d at least spend weekends with your husband? If that’s the case, I’d go with option A. Here’s why:

    In this economy, good benefits and good pay are even more important than before. I assume these union benefits would apply to your husband as well, so if either of you became ill or got hurt, it would be important to have solid insurance.

    The non-union job, while it would keep you home, would have you away for 6 weeks in the fall. 6 weeks straight? No fun.

    If you are away from your husband during the week but can see him on the weekends, it shouldn’t be too bad, especially since you’ve been married and committed to each other for over twenty years. Besides, if you hate your job, you probably wouldn’t be the funnest or nicest person to be around after a hard and terrible day at work.

    The a/c situation is also important because it will continue to get hotter over the next few months.

    A higher income will benefit both of you: You can have more funds to go out to nice dinners, save more for retirement, and not stress over money.

    That’s my advice. Let me know if any of my assumptions are incorrect because that’s an important part of the equation.

  5. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    You rock! After much discussion last evening, and hitting the sack with a prayer for some help – we both woke up this am and opted for the Union job! Your comments just totally make our decision even more solid. Everything you said makes total sense! One thing you did not know is last year I broke my leg and had to have surgery-my husband had worked for the union and we had benefits.
    It kept us from going under as the cost was a staggering $150,000.00! So there it is. I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. This is one of the best things about blogging and the internet-sometimes you find AWESOME
    people to communicate with that you might never have met! If I can ever be of assistance to you – let me know! 🙂

  6. lollygabber Says:

    I’m glad my comments helped solidify your decision, and I wish you the best of luck with your new job :-).

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