Local 9 apprentice carries his UA Brother to safety

On April 20, 2023, at 5:45 a.m., Anthony Spinella, a 22-year member of Plumbers Local 24, Lodi, NJ, was driving down the New Jersey Turnpike in his work truck, towing a sewer jetter while heading to a service job in Jersey City, when he felt a big thud.  The next thing he knew, his truck


Apprenticeship provides the skills to succeed on the job, but these five years also offer a deeper understanding of what it means to be a member of the UA, and how brotherhood and sisterhood enriches our lives.

Become an Apprentice

Become an Apprentice In 1936, The United Association’s joint apprenticeship program was the first nationally registered program recognized by the Department of Labor in the United States. Over the many decades since, UA training has evolved into a sophisticated and comprehensive program of classroom, workshop and on-the-job training. This high-tech, cutting edge training ensures that

Derrick Kualapai

Derrick Kualapai General Secretary-Treasurer The General Executive Board unanimously approved Administrative Assistant to the General President Derrick Kualapai on January 22, 2024, to take over the role of UA General Secretary-Treasurer, effective April 1, 2024. Brother Kualapai had been elected unanimously to the position of International Representative at the 40th General Convention in August 2021.

UA Brothers and Sisters continue to assist the homeless

In 2018, retired Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 777 member Paul Venti started a non-profit corporation to help feed and clothe the homeless, Fighting the Good Fight on Hunger and Homelessness.  On Feb. 7, 2010, the Kleen Energy Natural Gas power plant in Middletown, Conn., exploded, killing six Brothers. Venti wanted to do something to give

President Biden Appoints UA Member to Department of Labor Advisory Council

United Association Special Representative Larry Bulman, a 4th Generation UA member, was appointed in August by President Biden to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC). The United Association continues to play a central role in shaping the future of our industries and the legislation that impacts our membership. This advisory council

UA Local 597 member uses CPR training to save a life

On July 20, 2023, Chris Ingram, a 13-year member of Pipefitters Local 597, was on the United Piping, Inc. Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) pipeline project in Valparaiso, Ind., when a local laborer fell unconscious.  Ingram immediately jumped in and started performing CPR until the paramedics arrived, ultimately saving the man’s life. He explained

Couple saves a man’s life during the Buffalo Blizzard

Over the Christmas weekend, the Buffalo region, which is no stranger to snow, was hit with prolonged whiteout conditions and freezing temperatures that contributed to dozens of fatalities.  Sha’Kyra Aughtry and her boyfriend, Trent Alls, Jr., who is a third-year apprentice with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 22, saved a man who was lost in the