UA Members have built our communities, towns, and cities for the last 100 years

You could say we’ve been around the block a few times, and then some. Along the way we’ve gotten a deserved reputation for being the best, most professional tradespeople in the industry. It’s been a long journey, and we’re not done yet.

1889

Early origins: We came from humble beginnings.

UA started out when 40 delegates representing 23 independent unions met on October 11 1889.  We were there when the union movement founded the AFL in 1897 and are proud of our history as one of biggest driving forces in worker solidarity across the continent.

1889

Early origins: We came from humble beginnings.

Turn of the century: The world changed, and we helped change it.

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As industrialization took hold, so did our membership. Our union took its first steps towards an organized dues system, membership lists, and a comprehensive system of sick, death, and strike benefits.  We also just happened to introduce the ability to travel and work anywhere in US or Canada as a journeyman plumber.

Turn of the century: The world changed, and we helped change it.

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The Great Depression: The economy crashed, and left families in a lurch. The UA stood by our members and communities.

We created the five-year apprenticeship program during the rapid growth of the 20s, only to find the economy totally in crisis. We saw our membership halved, and union operations like conventions came to a stand still. Thanks to the New Deal we put UA members back to work, and helped create the cornerstone projects that we now know as lasting monuments to the 20th century. We helped build the dams, roads, libraries, schools, public buildings and housing projects that are an enduring legacy not only to the craftsmanship of UA workers and other members of the building trades – but to humanity itself.

The Great Depression: The economy crashed, and left families in a lurch. The UA stood by our members and communities.

World War II: In the factories and on the front lines, our members served with distinction.

The UA saw a rapid explosion of membership from 81k to 210k during the war – our members went to serve wherever they were needed across the world, in construction units, and also in the shipyards and factories at home. 

World War II: In the factories and on the front lines, our members served with distinction.

2019

A new Millennium: In 2019 the UA will celebrate 130 years.

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With another turn of the century, comes another generation of problems to solve. Today’s modern UA members are the undisputed skilled tradespeople of their profession, working on everything from homes, office buildings, apartments, power plants, factories, and refineries. There is hardly a construction project that does not call for their skill, expertise and dedication to the job. To prepare for the future generations of workers the UA is investing heavily in training, and recruitment to make sure that the union is ready to face the challenges of rapid technological advances through one of the most sophisticated systems of training in the world.

2019

A new Millennium: In 2019 the UA will celebrate 130 years.

2019 The New Millennium