The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA), affiliated with the national building trades, represents approximately 340,000 plumbers, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters, service technicians and welders in local unions across North America. We also honor a federation agreement with both the Australian Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) and Irish Technical, Engineering Electrical Union (TEEU).
The UA has been training qualified pipe tradesmen and women longer than anyone else in the industry. We provide the premier training programs available in the industry today, including five-year apprenticeship programs, extensive journeyman training, a comprehensive, five-year instructor training program, and numerous certification programs. We help our signatory contractors grow their market share by identifying new opportunities, providing support and connecting them to the safest, most skilled and most highly trained workforce in the industry.
The mission of the United Association is to help our members build a better life for themselves and their families. For over 125 years, this has been the cornerstone of who we are and what we stand for. Even as our organization and the world have grown and evolved, we have not changed in our commitment to these core values:
HIGHEST STANDARDS IN TRAINING
We promote the highest standards of qualifications and training in our industry so that our members have the skills and knowledge they need to be competitive. We are committed to continuously recruiting and training future generations of world-class piping professionals.
SAFETY AND HEALTH
We believe that every worker has a right to go home from the job in the same shape as when he or she arrived at the workplace. We are committed to protecting the safety and health of our members, our contractors, project owners and the communities in which we work.
FAIR WAGES AND BENEFITS
Our members are highly motivated and productive in part because they enjoy fair wages and benefits. Fair wages along with self-funded health care and retirement plans are the best guarantee that our members and their families get the quality of life they deserve.
BUILDING INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS
We believe fostering lasting relationships with our industry partners, including contractors and project owners, increases job opportunities for our members and results in more successful projects completed on time and on budget.
William P. Hite, General President
Mark McManus, General Secretary-Treasurer
Michael Pleasant, Assistant General President
Rick Terven, Executive Vice President