Local 19 consists of 4 distinct hiring areas. Alaska, Montana, Seattle-The greater Puget Sound Area and Spokane- East of Snoqualmie Pass to the Montana border. Vancouver Washington is covered by Local 23 which is all of Oregon. Local 19's membership in these areas is approximately,
Alaska ; 40 (32 Mechanics, 8 Apprentices)
Montana 47 (36 Mechanics, 11 Apprentices)
Spokane 85 (70 Mechanics, 15 Apprentices)
Seattle 740 (440 Mechanics, 300 Apprentices)
Applications are only for the area that is open and not transferrable to any other area or local. You can apply to as many areas within Local 19 and the United States that you are willing to accept work. With our apprenticeship taking four and a half years minimum to complete it is easy to see that opportunities can be limited in the outlying areas. Simply stated, Seattle is the best bet for getting into the trade. Addionally, once working for a year, apprentices become members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors and have the ability to transfer anywhere in the United States with some restrictions. A current apprentice could move to any other area to fill an opening rather than hire someone off of the Ranked Applicant List.