Local 9 apprentice carries his UA Brother to safety

Jarrett Dial

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

Local 412 members install plumbing training facility at Navajo Technical University

Local 412 at the 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 and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH), in

Local 440 sends 600 care packages to deployed troops

Troops with their care packages from Local 440

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, he raised money for this

Local 286 member demonstrates union craftsmanship through community service

Frank Goodwin with his wife and daughter.

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 event, where volunteers and businesses

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

Project Heat's On

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 the past 35 years, 7,050

Local 488 hosts fundraisers for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation

Troops receiving their care pages from Local 440

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 BBQ fundraiser at the Local

Local 562 guides injured Brother to a new career in BIM 

Sam Jacobson at 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 still interested in working in

The Heart of the UA Lives in Every Member

UA members

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 that has seen it through. 

UA Members rebuild Waverly in wake of devastating flood

Road in Waverly after 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 people. Union members responded to

Minnesota UA Leaders Grill Steaks for National Guard Soldiers

Minnesota UA leaders at a Serving Our Troops event.

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 Serving Our Troops projects, where they grill steak dinners for soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard who are deployed.  Since 2004, Serving Our Troops has served more