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

Teamsters strike at Marathon refinery in Minnesota

Throughout the country, the labor community is rising up and speaking out against what they feel is a betrayal of local workers, who dedicate portions of their career to training and professionalism.

A recent decision by Marathon at a refinery in Minnesota sparked their labor community to come together in collective action against the petroleum giant. Steamfitters and Pipefitters Local 455 Business Manager Tony Poole joined AWF Union Podcast to detail the action and why it is needed. Continue reading

Massive organizing efforts boost membership, despite COVID-19

At the start of the pandemic, the U.S. shut down businesses everywhere. Some workers were deemed essential by the Trump Administration. Plumbers were just one of the many industries that were deemed as essential.

The United Association Director of Plumbing Tom Bigley joined the AWF Union Podcast today to discuss how the UA grew their membership, even during the pandemic. Continue reading

Texas labor leaders look to boost union awareness, reach more career seekers

Texas faced unprecedented winter storms just a couple of weeks ago that left many without water, power or heat. Some groups rose to the occasion in helping their fellow Texans weather the storm.

United Association Local 286 Business Manager Robert “Chap” Thornton joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the statewide damage, what lessons were learned and union awareness. Continue reading

UA Local 669 apprenticeship runs smoothly, despite COVID-19 adjustments

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruptions in everybody’s life, but there is work to be done. Union organizers and apprenticeship professionals are working hard to keep increasing union membership.

United Association Local 669 Recruitment and Outreach Specialist Tim Coleman is one of those professionals, carrying on with his job. He joined AWF Union Podcast to detail his experience and encourage listeners to share information about registered apprenticeship programs. Continue reading

UA develops water quality plan following Flint Water Crisis

Water quality throughout the United States became an important and frequently discussed issue, following the beginning of the Flint Water Crisis in 2014.

United Association (UA) International Representative Kurt Steenhoek discussed how the UA developed their water quality program in 2016 on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading