"Raker" wrote:Never been a fan of initiation fees. It just seems to me that so many prospective firefighters already go through so much hardship just to get a shot at being hired, and adding initiation fees to a new hire making probationary wages, seems excessive. A quick money grab doesn't necessarily translate into a good start that develops loyalty either, IMO.
Fair opinion, but that union you are 'buying' into has a long history of financial burdens to get to where it is. It comes with assets, and an expensive collective agreement. IMO it creates a sense of ownership, like a share holder. A lot of very hard work, and no doubt some legal battles have shaped the working enviroment a new fire fighter enters. It only seems fair to 'buy in' but I totally understand it is difficult with a probationary wage; but like anything, a little planning and it shouldn't be a hardship.
I've heard of initiation fees ranging from $150-1500. with most being around $500
"Billy4" wrote:Hi guys. I was just wondering if it's still common practice to have a "buy in" of say 500 dollars for initially being hired in addition to your bi weekly union dues.
In our association you're paying for the time you were in training and were being represented even though many don;t realize it.
The wages, benefits, working conditions, ppe and many other things we all enjoy or keep us safe were the result of a lot of work by your association.
If you were injured or landed in trouble I am confident you would be represented. It's some the best money you can invest.
"Anyone can be trained to be a firefighter, it takes brains to survive"
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