Ohio State Association - Plumbers and Pipefitters




  As a Union Contractor you will have a well-trained and productive workforce at your disposal.  The Ohio Pipe Trades Association has approximately 13,200 men and women in good standing with more being trained daily.  Across the country the United Association has approximately 349,000 members ready to work in every state.  Access to this workforce gives you the ability to maintain a 2 person shop or a 200 person shop on a moment’s notice.  The Ohio Pipe Trades assures the contractor receives a drug free, highly skilled, safe working, fully licensed and qualified Piping Professional.  You can hire this employee for one week or a lifetime; depending on the needs of the project. Think of how handy this can be if you win a bid on a 3 month project that requires 50 skilled craftsman. No interviews, no risks, no down time, just truck after truck of qualified professionals with one single phone call.





 The Ohio Pipe Trades maintains an institute of Higher Education known as the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC).  This department of the Union/Contractor team is charged with the responsibility of training all apprentices and the continuing education of our Journeymen. The Ohio Pipe Trades JATC spends $14,000,000 annually to educate our workforce so they can be the most productive and safest workforce in the industry.  Our Apprenticeship programs require our apprentices to attend five years of school and five years of on-the-job training.







It is a statistical fact that Union Construction Workers have 80% fewer accidents than the rest of the Industry.  There is a simple reason for this fact. The Union workforce is better trained, higher skilled, trained by a joint committee of Labor/Management and our contractors are held to a higher standard so they maintain safety policies that are second to none. A safer workforce affords you the moral and ethical rewards of knowing your crew is going home to their families every night and has bonus rewards for your bottom line such as lower worker compensation rates.
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 Union Construction workers have been found to be 17% more productive. The union workers spend more time in school, more on-the-job training and the programs are designed and implemented by a cooperative committee of Labor and Management. Our workforce knows that if they do not live up to the needs of the project, like any other project they risk being replaced. Fortunately, every member has available to them training in every facet of our industry so they can be equally trained and skilled as every other member.
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 Jobs are lost and companies destroyed by the lack of proper supervision.  In the Ohio Pipe Trades we have programs to train our team to be effective Supervisors and Foreman.  This training is also implemented by both Labor and Management so the mutually beneficial gains will be fully realized.






The Ohio Pipe Trades maintains a Health Insurance Department and a Pension Department.  Rather than every contractor trying to research, set up and maintain separate policies, a committee of Labor and Management mutually manage the programs for all the men and women in the Union.  This can be a huge cost savings for you and offer the convenience of making payments to one office. The joint management lends the security of knowing there is a complete team managing the funds to make sure they are working to the absolute best they can for the betterment of all. There are also many Prevailing Wage advantages by having the Local Union manage the benefits.



 In the Ohio Pipe Trades as in most Unions, certain pay standards are established.  You as the contractor will be given a schedule of rates for apprentices through General Foreman.   Rates are negotiated on a per contract basis and you of course can have your say on rates.  This relieves you of the burden to negotiate different rates for every individual employee.  The contract that is negotiated will outline the value of the raises. The contract is a minimum and you as the contractor could always go above and beyond if you chose.  In the Ohio Pipe Trades our workforce is trained in all aspects of the trade, we are all urged to maintain our education and licenses in order to be employed.  





Q:How much does it cost my company to join the union?
A:There is no cost to join the Union for the Employer, only the member pays union dues.  You will only have to maintain payroll and benefit bonds for the security of all

Q:If I hire someone and for whatever reason I am un-satisfied, do I have to keep them employed?
A:If in fact you hire someone and find that they are not a good fit for your shop, you simply send them back to the Union Hall and we will replace them immediately.  This is unusual to happen so if in fact you did not wish to maintain a certain employee; we would only ask you what the issues are so we can make sure whatever perceived shortcoming is immediately and effectively addressed for the benefit of the member and future employment.

Q:Will the Union try to run my business?
A:Absolutely not, the Local Union will provide manpower and manage benefits.  Your business is your business, and we want nothing more than for you to be completely successful.  As a Union Contractor or a Union Member you will sign onto a Collective Bargaining agreement that was mutually negotiated between representatives of management and Labor of which you can be a part of.   Most importantly is that the Union actually will offer help if you need it. Perhaps you are bidding a job in a different State, you need an unusual skill set for an employee, you have business issues needing resolve or any other “out of the normal” situation, we are here to help.  Ultimately the more successful our contractors are, the more successful our team is, and it is really that simple. 




 If you are a stable contractor looking to hire the best, we are the answer.  We will work hand in hand with you to make sure you are as successful as you can be.   If you are new into the Union type work environment the Local Union can help you out with temporary “special rates” that let you maintain your current projects as you look into much more profitable projects in the near future.




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