Welcome To Local 52

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The United Association of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 52 is located in Montgomery, Alabama and was chartered on December 7, 1905. We have over 100 years of excellence in the plumbing and pipefitting industry. Local 52 members pride themselves as being the best tradesmen in the South.

Our aim shall be benevolence and mutual protection, to secure for one another just remuneration for our labor, assist in the burial for our deceased members, to make and use every honorable effort to secure passage and enforcement of such laws that give more pleasant living and to protect the public health.

Our goal is to organize throughout the industry and to turn non-union employers into responsible and viable union employers.

Our apprentices and journeyman are trained to the highest standards possible. Our Apprenticeship Training School is registered and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. Our apprentices and journeyman are taught by certified United Association Instructors, who attend 40 hours each summer over a period of 5 years to obtain their certification in a wide variety of processes, including; plumbing, valve repair, HVAC, welding, pipefitting and backflow prevention. Working the combination of apprentices with journeyman provides them on-the-job training, along with their classroom training.

Our Apprenticeship Training, along with the continued journeyman training is an assurance to our Contractors and Owners their employees are trained to the highest standards and are up-to-date on current and future technology. Our combined journeyman/apprentice ratio provides owners and contractors with an average cost that is competitive with area standards. The United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters has over 300 licensed journeyman and apprentice plumbers in the state of Alabama. Contractors and owners can rely on UA-trained craftspeople because they know that they are getting the best.


Why Consider Joining A Union?

A long time ago, mankind learned that by teaming up with others, he could tackle any task with greater success. Thus, villages and towns were formed -- together, men could provide a safer and more stable life for themselves and their families.

The principle of trade unionism is much the same. A Union, a group of dedicated men and women striving toward the same goals, provides security and dignity for all members.

The voices of many are louder than the voice of an individual. The United Association speaks for its members, working to achieve job security, health and welfare benefits, a living wage, a safe working environment, and a comfortable pension.

When you join a union, you are joining a democracy. Each member has the opportunity to voice his concerns and suggestions, working for a better life for all.

What Union Should You Join?

Naturally when you decide to join a union, you will want one which best represents the work you do.

United Association Local Union No. 52 represents workers who may be Building Trades Craftsmen, journeymen or apprentices, tradesmen, helpers, trainees or any other work classification used in the plumbing and pipefitting industry.

We also represent utility and production workers, maintenance and/or service personnel, marine pipefitters, production workers, engineers, technicians and/or any other worker classification that fits into work that could fall under United Association jurisdiction.
Because the United Association is composed of craftsmen who share skills and experience, it is well-suited to help you achieve your goals. The local union officers, elected by local union members, have a working knowledge of the conditions and demands of the trade. They can speak with authority on the problems and challenges that the workers face daily on the jobsite.

If you are employed at the plumbing and/or pipefitting trade or on any other type of work allied to or connected in any manner with the plumbing and pipefitting industry then the United Association is the union for you.

What Is The United Association?

The United Association is an effective international union made up of the most skilled pipe tradesmen the construction industry has ever known. It is a union which protects its members and jurisdiction at every level. The United Association is composed of journeymen and apprentices in every division of the plumbing and pipefitting industry.
A democratic organization, with officers elected by the membership, the United Association is affiliated with the various departments of the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Federation of Labour.

The United Association is international, having members in Canada as well as the United States. It is an organization that you can be proud to be part of.

What Type Of Work Is Performed By United Association Members?

United Association members work in a variety of settings from bungalows to power stations, doing new construction and maintenance, air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and plumbing service work.

They install and service fire sprinkler systems, perform marine pipefitting, gas fitting, pipe fabrication and assembly, lead burning, manufacturing of mechanical parts and equipment, air and water balance, pneumatic and electric control work, startup of all mechanical equipment, quality control and non-destructive testing on all types of jobs or products, appliance service and repair, inplant operation of mechanical systems, servicing utility plants and systems.

As a United Association member, you may be working at your job on single family residences, apartments, commercial establishments, office buildings, hospitals, airports, shipyards, fabrication shops, shopping centers, offshore oil rigs, manufacturing plants, refineries, power houses, pipelines, utility plants and systems and/or any other site where work of the United Association is being performed.

Who Hires United Association Members To Do This Work?

United Association members are employed by plumbing and mechanical contractors, fire sprinkler contractors, plumbing, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning service companies, utility contractors, shipbuilders (private and federal sector) building and plant owners, utility companies, quality control contractors, control companies, instrumentation companies, air and water balance companies, chain stores, food processing companies, paper mills, power plants, hospitals, school systems, universities and colleges, federal, state and local governments, manufacturing companies, recreational centers (such as Disney World), fabricating shops, refineries, casinos, electric power companies. In short, the United Association represented workers are a vital part of virtually every industry in the United States of America and Canada.

How Many Locals and Members Are In The United Association?

Currently there are over 400 local unions in the United Association, with in excess of 300,000 members.

The local unions are located in all of the 50 states of America and every province of Canada. Members are free to travel from one local area to another to satisfy the needs of local work conditions.

Where Can You Learn More About The United Association?
Every major city in the United States has one or more United Association local unions. When you are ready to learn more about the United Association, you may contact the United Association local union nearest your home and talk with its representative. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 52 is located at 5563 Wares Ferry Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36117. The telephone number is (334) 272-9500.

For further information you may contact the headquarters of the United Association by writing to: Organizing Department, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, United Association Building, 901 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001 · 202/628-5823 · Fax 202/628-5024 http://www.ua.org.



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