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Meet John Bunce: An 80% drywall apprentice with DC 57

This month, we’re spotlighting John Bunce, an 80% drywall apprentice here at DC 57.

John first learned about DC 57 through a family member who happens to be an employer. He let John know that joining the union is a career opportunity that gives back – with insurance packages and a livable wage. John was excited to make a living in a new field and joined as an apprentice. 

Since then, he’s had the opportunity to absorb new ways of doing things from journeyworkers and other apprentices. He’s learned to appreciate the need for an artistic eye in this type of work, and how to take pride in the finished product. It takes patience, dedication, and attention to detail. 

John Bunce

John can rest assured that he will have a secure retirement thanks to his union family. He knows he’ll always have folks that will have his back long after his apprenticeship is completed, as long as he puts in the working hours. 

After he gets his journeyman card, John plans to stay in the Pittsburgh area to continue building his career. He looks forward to building the healthy and vibrant life he and his family want to achieve. 

The mentorship that DC 57 provides has been instrumental in his success. When asked about the individuals who helped him when he was just starting, John said, “Folks in the union show you all the aspects within the trade you need to learn. It’s been a 180 degree change from when I first started.”

His best advice for folks just starting their apprenticeships? “Be patient, be a sponge, act like you don’t know anything, and follow the journeymen. Hang in there – everything will come together in the end.”

DC 57 Holiday party schedule

Retirees’ Christmas Party: Tuesday, December 5th at 11:00am (exec board meets at 10:30am) at IUPAT DC 57 Union Hall (101 Ewing Rd, Carnegie)

LU 6, 479, 751, and 2006:  Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00pm at the White Oak Athletic Association (Lower Heckman Rd, McKeesport)

LU 409: Thursday, December 14th at 7:00pm at the Castle Pub (122 N Center St, Ebensburg)

LU 530: Friday, December 15th at 7:00pm at the IBEW 712 Hall (217 Sassafras Ln, Beaver)

LU 549:  Saturday, December 9th  from 1:00-4:00pm at Lefty’s Bar (1248 Brown Ave, Erie)