Heart of the UA

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Heart of the UA

Every day across North America UA members are involved in community projects and a whole host of charitable activities that support families and those in need, regardless of union affiliation.

This generosity exemplifies what is best about the UA—the spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood that is the true heart of the UA.

  • UA VIP program graduate completes 68-mile Ruck for Veteran Suicide Awareness

    Jacob Blankenship, U.S. Marine veteran, United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Camp Pendleton program graduate and member of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 776, Lima, Ohio, organized a 68-mile ruck for veteran suicide awareness.  Blankenship was a Field Radio Operator with the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines. After he

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  • Locals 619 and 669 serve food to displaced residents in the wake of a devastating tornado

    On March 24, 2023, a devastating EF4 tornado ripped through the town of Rolling Fork, Miss., destroying everything in its path.  The Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale is used to assign a tornado a rating based on estimated wind speeds and related damage. The scale only goes to EF5. The tornado

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Local 412 members install plumbing training facility at Navajo Technical University

    The Navajo Nation’s first dedicated plumbing training program was launched this past fall after the completion of a new plumbing classroom and wet lab at the Navajo Technical University (NTU) Kirtland Instructional Site in Kirtland, N.M.  The new facility offers a three-semester, 34-credit plumbing certificate program. The International Water, Sanitation

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  • Local 440 sends 600 care packages to deployed troops

    Since 2013, Plumbers, Steamfitters and HVACR Service Technicians Local 440, Indianapolis, has spearheaded an event called, “Fill the Foxhole.” This event was created by Ralph “Boomer” and Alice Culver, with a mission to ship care packages to deployed troops during the holiday season.  When Boomer was a Local 440 instructor,

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  • Local 286 member demonstrates union craftsmanship through community service

    Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 286, Austin, Texas, member Frank Goodwin attends Northlake Church in Lago Vista, Texas. On Nov. 6, 2022, members of the Northlake Church went out into the community to do various forms of charity work they called, “The Big Event.” “The Big Event” is an annual, one-day

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  • Project HEAT’S ON – UA members provide free furnace repairs

    Project HEAT’S ON (Handicapped and Elderly Assistance To Service Our Neighbors) is a program developed in Minnesota in 1986, where professional union pipefitters and contractors volunteer to provide free furnace and heating inspections for elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners in the Twin Cities metro area, Rochester and St. Cloud.  Over

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  • Local 488 hosts fundraisers for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation

    Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 488, Edmonton, Alberta hosted two successful fundraisers in support of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. The funds donated went toward helping people in Ukraine and the Ukrainians who have arrived in Canada seeking refuge.  On May 14, 2022, Local 488 and the Retired Members Association (RMA) hosted a

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  • Local 562 guides injured Brother to a new career in BIM 

    On Aug. 23, 2019, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562, St. Louis, member Sam Jacobson was in a life-altering car accident.  Jacobson suffered a major spinal cord injury before he was supposed to begin his third year in the Local 562 apprenticeship.  Local 562 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer John O’Mara knew Sam was

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  • The Heart of the UA Lives in Every Member

    The “Heart of the UA” lives in every member who believes union membership opportunities belong to everyone – regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender.  For 132 years, the UA has endured tragedies, sacrifices and extreme challenges, and yet, it has been the heart and soul of its membership

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  • UA Members rebuild Waverly in wake of devastating flood

    On Aug. 21, 2021, residents of Waverly, Tenn. experienced a devastating flood that damaged homes, roads, cell phone towers, businesses and crucial infrastructure. A record-breaking 17 inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours, leaving piles of debris all over the small town and taking the lives of 22

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  • Minnesota UA Leaders Grill Steaks for National Guard Soldiers

    Sprinkler Fitters Local 417 Minneapolis Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer Trinidad Uribe, III and International Representative Tom McCarthy at a Serving Our Troops Cookout. Sprinkler Fitters Local 417 Minneapolis Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer Trinidad Uribe, III and International Representative Tom McCarthy have been volunteers since 2018. Uribe and McCarthy have volunteered for multiple

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  • Local 281 Retrofits Fire Sprinkler System at Mission of Our Lady of the Angels

    Pictured at the dedication ceremony is Local 281 Business Manager Tom Collins with representatives from the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels and the Chicago Fire Department.             On December 1, 1958, tragedy occurred at Our Lady of the Angels School when it caught fire, killing 92 children and

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  • Local 400 Builds Mobile Wash Stations for the Navajo Nation

    Pictured from left to right are Local 400 Business Manager Trevor Martin, Local 400 Welding Coordinator Matt Stoop, IAPMO Director Randy Lorge, Local 400 Welding Instructor Jeremy Meyers, and Local 400 Assistant Business Manager Doug Dokey.             The International Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) is collaborating with DigDeep, Plumbers

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  • Utilizing Skills Learned as a Child to Help During the Pandemic

    Julio Reinoso working hard creating masks. At the beginning of March, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Enterprise Association of Steamfitters Local 638, New York City and Long Island, NY, member Julio Reinoso was working in Brooklyn. The city subsequently shut down the job at the end of the month, as

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  • UA Reaches out to Local Community to Aid Those Affected from Hurricane Harvey

    Members from the United Association step up in order to help countless victims that were affected by the hurricane. https://youtu.be/Yq-zNKfxmxM

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  • UA Plumbers Help Bring Water to the Navajo Nation

    UA Locals 78, 400, 412, and 469, and IWSH (International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation) accepted this community plumbing challenge from DIGDEEP to help bring water to the Navajo Nation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SY5RhpYUwk&feature=youtu.be

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  • Members of Plumbers Local 15 Give Back to One of Their Own

    Pictured form left to right are Keith Swaggert, Pete Truhlar, Carl Krohn, and Ben Sackett Plumbers Local 15, Minneapolis, MN, members Keith Swaggert, Pete Truhlar, Carl Krohn, Ben Sackett and Local 15 Business Agent Tom Pahkala volunteered to brave the sweltering heat on July 18, 2019, to give back to

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  • Local 68 Member Honored with Conservation Stewardship Award

    The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) has honored Plumbers Local 68, Houston, TX, member Glen Kirkham with the UA Conservation Steward of the Year Award for his commitment to conservation and community service. The award recognizes volunteers from each of the USA’s charter unions who have made exceptional contributions to the

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  • Local 98 Reaches Out to Frontline Workers

    Plumbers Local 98, Detroit, along with Detroit Piping Group, purchased 70 Lefty’s Cheesesteak sandwiches for frontline emergency room workers at the Main Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. It was a great boost for the employees, who are doing an amazingly difficult task in battling COVID-19. Local 98 Business Manager Carlo

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  • Local 484 Delivers Food to 205 Needy Families

    On Memorial Day 2020, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 484 Ventura, CA, along with the California Labor Federation, the Central Coast Labor Council and Ventura County Food Share, handed out 323 boxes of food to 205 families to help feed approximately 900 people in their community.

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  • Local 464, Omaha, Helps Fight COVID

    Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464, Omaha, NE, was to get 250 gallons of hand sanitizer donated to the Industry. The Nebraska Ethanol Board has partnered with the University of Nebraska College of Engineering and, so far, has produced over 30,000 gallons that has all been donated to people throughout Nebraska.

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Charitable Trust Fund

The UA Charitable Fund Trust, 501(c)(3), was originally established to provide contributions to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since then, the fund has continued to serve as a source of financial support for individuals and Local Unions that have suffered damages from natural disasters or other tragedies. Click for more