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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.