The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada or “UA” as it is commonly known is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 326,000 highly-skilled United Association members who belong to 321 individual local unions across North America.

Founded in 1889, the United Association is one of the most respected and influential building trades unions in the U.S. and Canada today. It serves as a collective voice for workers through negotiation and collective bargaining with employing contractor groups, such as the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, and the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors. The UA is also a key member of the Building and Construction Trades Department, the AFL-CIO, and the Canadian Federation of Labour.

The United Association has been training qualified pipe tradesmen longer than anyone else in the industry. The UA boasts the premier training programs available in the industry today, including five-year apprenticeship programs, extensive journeyman training organized instructor training, and certification programs.

– Two Nations, One Union –

The bonds of brotherhood recognize no political or geographic boundaries when it comes to United Association membership. Ours is truly an international organization with more than 35,000 UA brothers and sisters located in Canada. Working with the same pride and determination as their fellow members in the U.S., our Canadian brothers and sisters continue to demonstrate the high degree of quality craftmanship necessary to construct the homes, schools, office buildings, refineries, power plants and industrial facilities necessary to a strong and vibrant national economy. At the same time, our fellow members north of the border play an important role in helping to maintain and promote United Association solidarity as we join together to reap the benefits of unionism and pride in our united cause.

Local 663 History

Local 663 gained its charter March 16 1946.  Jack Donohue was our 1st Business Manager followed by Harry Brown, Bill Robb, Harold Douglass, Bob Humphreys, and presently Ross Tius.

Local 663 shows a history of supporting its elected manager’s which is a testament to stability of leadership in this organization.  Local 663 has jurisdiction of Sarnia-Lambton County also known as “Chemical Valley”

Clients include ESSO, SUNCOR, SHELL, NOVA CHEMICALS, LANXESS, TERRA, CABOT, UNION GAS, ENBRIDGE, DUPONT, ONTARIO POWER GENERATION, TRANS ALTA, GREENFIELD ENERGY, ST CLAIR ENERGY, LIQUID AIR.

We currently have over 40 active signatory contractors that specialize in servicing our local industry.

UA History

The birth of the United Association dates back to the year 1889, when a Boston plumber named P. J. Quinlan addressed a brief letter to Richard A. O’Brien, a plumber in Washington, D.C. “Dear Sir and Brother,” the letter began, ” I take the liberty of addressing a few lines to you to obtain your views as regards the formation of a United Brotherhood…”

At the turn of the century, early UA leaders faced new challenges and were forced to make numerous controversial and revolutionary decisions. Among these was establishment of a mechanism that would allow UA members to travel to jobs throughout the United States and Canada. The travel card system was created to enable unemployed journeymen in one locality to travel to work in another.

During the first two decades of the 20th century, the UA moved boldly into the forefront of the American labor movement. Landmark accomplishments included the creation of a formal five-year apprenticeship program, the expansion of UA influence to include construction of industrial plants and public utilities, and a growth in membership to 60,000 by the year 1929.

By 1941, UA membership had reached 81,000. That number soared to 210,000 during World War II. Thousands of UA members enlisted in the armed forces and served bravely in conflicts all over the world. Back home, UA members were put to work in shipyards, weapons plants, aircraft factories and other facilities. Some members also served in military construction units overseas.
In 1989, the UA proudly celebrated its 100th anniversary. As we move into the new century, the UA remains a strong, vital organization comprised of thousands of highly skilled men and women who have joined together for a common purpose. Today’s UA members use their skills in commercial, industrial and residential arenas. Among the many projects on which UA members can be found are single-family homes, garden and high-rise apartment buildings, large and small office complexes, power plants, refineries and factories.

To ensure that there remains a steady supply of tradesmen skilled enough to meet the challenges of today’s diverse and expanding construction industry, the UA has shaped a superb training program. In fact, the UA’s commitment to training is unsurpassed among trade unions worldwide. The journeymen produced by this training program over the years are the backbone of the United Association.

The UA has been at the forefront of the fight for worker’s rights for over 100 years. Now, as we move into a new millennium we are faced with many new and imposing obstacles. To prepare our membership for the rapid advancements in technology and the way business is conducted, the UA has developed one of the most extensive training programs of any union in the world, spending more than $1 million dollars a week ensuring that our members are prepared for the future.

Officers

Business Manager

  • Ross Tius

Business Agent

President

Vice President

Executive Board

Financial Secretary

Recording Secretary

Inside Guard

Finance Committee

Welders Examining Board

Steamfitters Examining Board

Plumbers Examining Board

ByLaw Committee

Pipeline Advisory Committee (Welders)

Pipeline Advisory Committee (Fitters)

JATC

 

Welfare Trustees

  • Jim Grasse Jr
  • Sandy Hoad
  • Bob Sauve
  • Ross Tius, Administrator

Pension Trustees

  • Gary Beatty
  • David Currie
  • Paul Mussio
  • Ross Tius, Administrator

Journyman Apprenticeship Training and Certification

Once UA members complete their five-year apprenticeships, they become full-fledged journeymen. However, their education in the trade is by no means over at this point. In fact, United Association members are very serious about pursuing lifelong training and most of them take advantage of the many opportunities they have to update and expand their skills.

For example, UA members might work during the day on a construction site welding pipe or installing sprinkler systems, or they may be making service calls as a plumber or air conditioning mechanic. But, at night after a hard day’s work, those same UA craftsmen may be found in classes at their local union studying subjects like orbital welding, valve repair, and computer aided drawing.

Becoming a United Association journeyman is really about making a serious commitment to a lifetime of learning and training . . . and it’s this commitment which translates into a quality product and significant cost savings for contractors and construction users who employ UA members.

Certification Programs

Certification is the wave of the future in the piping industry. With the increasingly complex and challenging work that must be done by the modern pipe mechanic, it is almost required that craftsmen seek some form of official validation of their skills. In addition to the considerable prestige and knowledge that comes with being a UA journeyman, UA members can also pursue these certifications in a variety of specialized areas.

UA Certification Programs include valve repair, medical gas installation, welding, CFC removal, and instrumentation. Each of these programs rely on third party validation for an objective evaluation and testing of our members’ skills and abilities. For example, the testing sites and procedures for the UA Welder Certification Program are audited by representatives of the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. This ensures complete impartiality and integrity in the program. See brochures on these programs.

We predict that even more certification programs will be set up in the future, as virtually every demonstrated skill we possess will have to be tested for. While certifications are being required by law in many areas, such as for medical gas installations, they can really benefit virtually every aspect of the piping industry.

We see certification as a positive trend for:

The public

Who are given a quality construction product in their homes, workplaces, hospitals, power plants, and so on.

Contractors

Who are ensured a skilled workforce who can get the job done right, on time, and frequently under budget.

UA members

Who are in demand because they are the best-skilled workers in the industry, most capable of completing the certifications to the highest standards.

UNION DUES

  • $30.00 per month for active members
  • Any member in arrears for dues for a period over three (3) months shall be levied a $50.00 reinstatement fee.
  • Any member in arrears for dues for a period of six (6) months shall stand expelled. He/she must pay all monies legally owed to the expelling local union, the current month’s dues and a re-initiation fee in the amount of $500.00 to the local union.