The Organizing Department of United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Refrigeration Mechanics Local 525 has been organizing in its jurisdiction for over 20 years now and have made remarkable gains in both market share and percent organized.
Local 525's growth from 2007 til 2009 was largely
because of a huge boom on the Las Vegas Strip but since then a large amount of
that work is now on hold and the majority of our UA members are working around the
country on a number of industrial jobs. To get more work and keep what
work the UA contractors have, we needed welders. The UA made a general
mandate to get all the combo welders into our membership. Local 525 and its
Organizing Department have tested and organized those workers which has helped
secure more of that industrial work load all over the country.
Secondly we are continuing our work with our
Service Contractors to get more of that market. Working to get the HVAC
Apprenticeship up and running and to make more HVAC education and training
available to help member’s crossover into service positions. Organizing good
HVAC hands is helping and will continue to put more guys to work in our Service
The Organizing Department is organizing more
companies to fill holes in our market share. Using Union Labor has help
grow our new companies too. We are still needing more companies to sign
with Local 525 and it's the number one goal for the Organizing Department and
to stop non-union companies from exploiting workers.
Local 525 has an Organizing Department dedicated
only to organizing the industry’s in which we as United Association union
members are sworn to protect. We will continue to honor our obligations to
organize the unorganized as our forefathers did over a century before us. The
officers and members of United Association Local 525 are committed to doing our
part to ensure the same ideologies and principals are protected, secured and
passed on for future generations of union members to uphold.