The UA Metal Trades department is largely comprised of 21 combination and 14 straight line Metal Trades local unions whose respective bargaining units consist of 20,000-plus employees throughout the United States and Canada who perform maintenance and production work. Over the years, the work of the department has grown and now includes workers in the direct employ of federal, state and local governments or employees of private contractors who provide labor for government contracts under the Service Contract Act, or to private industry under negotiated agreements.
UA Metal Trades workers are found on a wide variety of jobsites all across North America. They work in shipyards, Department of Energy facilities, petrochemical plants, fabrication shops, nuclear power facilities, and processing plants associated with industrial facilities, as well as the service sector. Many of these members work in government installations, from the National Bureau of Standards to the National Institutes of Health to military sites and dockyards with the Navy and Coast Guard. They also perform utility work for both private and public industries. The work these members do is essential to our health as well as our national security and liberty.
The UA is an affiliate of AFL-CIO National Metal Trades Department, which oversees the activities of 29 metal trades’ councils representing over 100,000 bargaining unit employees.
The Metal Trades works closely with the United Association Training Department to provide Local Unions with the resources needed to develop or upgrade current Metal Trades or Marine Pipe Trades training models. The recent trend of some Metal Trades contract negotiations has resulted in a requirement that workers possess the ability to perform cross craft operations. In some cases employee pay rates are tied to the workers ability to perform tasks outside of traditional jurisdictional boundaries. Accordingly with the development of new contractual requirements, the Department offers training expertise and guidance to local unions faced with confronting new challenges presented by the 21st century workforce.