West Virginia’s lack of Prevailing Wage degrades construction quality

Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 565 Business Manager Brad Britton joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the lack of Prevailing Wage laws in West Virginia has affected the quality of public works construction projects. Continue reading

Infrastructure bill will heat up Austin’s already booming job market

United Association (UA) Local 286 Business Manager Robert “Chap” Thorton joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the jobs the infrastructure bill will create and how his Local is actively recruiting apprentices to meet the demand. Continue reading

Apprenticeships prepare students for jobs that benefit the community

Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the value of registered apprenticeship programs during National Apprenticeship Week. Continue reading

UA VIP provides military members a direct path to union careers

United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program Administrator and Training Specialist Mike Hazard joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the benefits of the UA VIP program and how it provides members of the military with a chance for a direct path to a union career as a piping industry tradesman or tradeswoman. Continue reading

Apprenticeship fair happening in Cleveland, Ohio

The construction trades are dealing with the reality of needing to encourage young people to seek a career in the field. As schools and parents pushed students toward college, the construction industry became neglected, surviving off the labor of older generations.

Plumbers Local 55 (Cleveland) President Doreen Cannon joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a building trades focused job fair occurring on Oct. 13.

She also discussed the effort to recruit more women and minorities into the building trades workforce. Continue reading

Sprinkler fitter apprenticeships pave the way to good paying careers that save lives

In the last year, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) affiliates combined to invest roughly $2 billion in training and education. The United Association (UA) invests about $300 million every year to train their apprentices and journeymen.

Tim Coleman, UA Local 669 JATC Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss outreach efforts of the JATC, particularly when it comes to sprinkler fitter apprenticeship programs. Continue reading

UA Local 68 completes training center expansion

With COVID-19 restrictions being eased, the volume of work for tradesmen and tradeswomen is returning to pre-pandemic levels.

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada Local 68 Business Agent Rick Lord discussed the volume of work in the Houston area when he appeared on today’s episode of the America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Lord also talked about the Local 68 apprenticeship program and the expansion of their training center. Continue reading

Apprenticeship recruiters work with “influencers” to attract young people

Many Americans are unaware of the benefits available to the men and women who enter a registered building trades apprenticeship program. Instead, these Americans believe in pushing the next generation of students towards college, where they pay thousands and then have to go find a job for themselves.

United Association Local 669 is a unique Local Union, as it represents fire sprinkler professionals in 48 states. UA Local 669 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss apprenticeship and how it can benefit Americans. Continue reading

UA VIP Program helps transitioning service members begin careers

While some veterans struggle to transition into meaningful careers, the United Association is working to help prepare active-duty transitioning military service members for a career in the pipe trades.

This Memorial Day, UA Veterans in Piping Program Administrator Mike Hazard joined the AWF Union Podcast to detail the VIP Program, explain how it helps service members transition back to civilian life and more. Continue reading