What is Deductible Mileage for Electrician for out of town travel?

An electrician has to go to various cities that are more than 100 miles away from his home to sign union books in hopes of getting union work in that
area. Work can not be found in his metro area! If he could find work these miles would of course be commuting miles and not deductible. All out of town jobs last less than 1 year. If work becomes available in the electricians home town area he will take this work and commute to and from work.
My questions are:
Can the mileage to and from these cities to sign books be deducted on Form 2106?
Can the miles to these cities once work is found be deductible on Form 2106?
Can the miles to and from work from a motel be deductible on Form 2106?
Please cite IRS regs or Publications in your response
Thank You in advance for your response.
G. Lee
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If he's a self-employed electrician and looking for contract work, then it would flow to Schedule C. If he's looking for W-2 employment, then it would fall as "job hunting" expenses. Only his expenses related TO a job as an employee would go to 2106. Since he isn't incuring these expenses AS an employee, no 2106 deduction.

No to all of the above.
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Sorry, I didn't include that all his work goes to a W2 as and employee. Please respond to the questions again based on the fact that he is considered an employee of these firms even though it may be for a relatively short period of time. Could be a few days, a week(s), a month(s) ,but always less than a year

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The costs to find a new job are not 2106 expenses.
After he has employment, and incurs expenses to DO THAT JOB, then those expenses go to 2106.
What you describe are job hunting related expenses, and/or non-deductible commuting expenses.
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Thank you Paul for your help!
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