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, Ross Tius and presently Kayle McDonald.
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.
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.