I would recommend not going the union route, as you will find it easier to get and keep employment as a non-union electrician (at least in my area anyway). As stated before, it's tough right now because there just isn't enough work to go around, but if you can prove yourself by being a little better than most, you can prolly find employment and get into an apprenticeship program. I'd suggest talking to some local electrical shop owners in your area first, and seeing if they think that there's any hope of finding employment.
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