Mission Statement

Welcome to our site! The purpose and mission of the United Association Local 716 State of Maine is to:

  • Organize those workers and employers in the plumbing, pipefitting, steamfitting and HVAC service industry who do not share the benefits of union representation.
  • Sponsor and support legislation which safeguards the safety and health of workers and the public, protects the rights of workers and promotes a fair, free, and just society.
  • Foster and promote programs on occupational safety and health, membership education and training and industry technological advances.
  • Encourage and promote stronger labor-management relations.
  • Promote the advancement of the organized plumbing and pipefitting industry for the benefit of its members, employers and the public
    Business Manager
  • Obituary for Herbert Barry Sr.

    Herbert Barry Sr.

    Augusta, ME - Herbert M. Barry Sr., 80, passed away peacefully on Monday December 4, 2017 at Maine General Medical Center, Augusta.


    He was born on October 19, 1937 in Augusta the son of Herbert and Wilhelmina (Hastings) Barry. After leaving Lee Academy Herbert served his country in the United States Navy. He later joined Local 716 as a welder and pipe fitter, working around the country.


    Herb was a member of Village Lodge #26 of Bowdoinham, American Legion Post 132 of Richmond and the First Baptist Church of Gardiner.


    He enjoyed racing his car, Nascar and snowmobiling with his family. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Herb liked teaching his children and nephews about guns, how to hunt, fish, gardening, spending time with his dogs and riding his Harley Davidson "Bertha". Herbert didn't get to see his family all the time, but he was very sentimental and always remembered birthdays and special occasions. He especially loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.


    Herbert was predeceased by his parents, grandson Herbert W. Barry and mother his children Sonja G. Durgin. He is survived by his son Herb M. Barry Jr., of Florida, daughter Wendy Lilly and husband Loren Sr., of Richmond, brother William Barry and wife Belinda of Florida, sisters Sandra Sanders and husband Donald of Augusta, Sugar "Dorothy" Trask and husband Clyde of Augusta, grandchildren Rory Barry and wife Chelsea, Nicole Freeman and husband Dan, Loren Lilly Jr., great grandchildren Emma and Rory Barry, and his sweet heart Jane Garceau also known as his Angel.


    Family and friends are invited to visit on Thursday, December 7th from 4 to 7pm at the funeral home. A funeral service will take place on Friday, December 8th at noon at the New Maine Veterans Cemetery Mt. Vernon Rd. Augusta with military honors.


    Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357

  • November Business Manager Update

    by John Napolitano, Local 716 Business Manager

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope all is well with you and your families. As we come into the winter months I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. We have been busy the past few months working on moving our local union forward. In June the election of Tony Sirois as Business Agent, in August the appointment of Beau Libby as organizer and business development representative has been a plus as we work together on strategies to grow our organization. We have also hired an office professional Joy Caswell who along with Tammy Dudley have been working to help our members with their questions about benefits and dues. The Training Department with training director Jenifer McKenna and instructors April Bourgoine, Michael Winchenbach and Greg Pinkham have working with our class of 26 apprentices in Augusta and at Beals College in Bangor.


    Brothers and Sisters it is essential that we grow our membership and increase our number of signatory contractors. In order to do this we must be cognizant of the make up our present contractors, their manpower needs, and projection of upcoming work in the area. We must also be mindful of the number, skills and demographics of our existing crafts persons. Since June we have brought in 63 new members and signed a new contractor to our Collective Bargaining Agreement, Navmatic Mechanical.  We are reaching out to mechanical service companies in the commercial and residential markets, an area where we have continuously lost market share over the years. We are working with our signatory contractors to grow this market and we continue to meet with interested open shop contractors explaining the benefits of working with our organization. A number of our members have shown an interest in starting their own companies and becoming signatory to the local. If you know anyone performing our craft that isn’t a member of the local or a contractor that is not signatory, reach out to them and explain the benefits of being in the union. Get in contact with Beau and we will follow through with any leads you send us.

    The political and legislative front

    We have and will continue to be active in the process at the State House and throughout the cities in towns in Maine. The size and geography of the state have been a challenges we need to overcome and it is important that all members participate in the process. We need to implement our plan to engage membership so that we have boots on the ground in Augusta and the cities and town governments. We will continue to introduce and push for mechanical licensing, press for fair and responsible contracting legislation. We support state and local candidates who support labor as well as encouraging our members to run for office, work with the AFL-CIO and Central Labor Councils in the education of members, as well Integrate political action into apprentice program. We must all contribute to our Political Action Committee (PAC) which gives us the ability to support to our state and local candidates and lobby for legislation that will protect our trade. It helps us meet our financial obligation to the United Association Political Education Committee (UAPEC) which supports our request for financial contributions to federal candidates and issues that protect our craft.


    Our website www.ualocal716.org  will give you up to date information, officers reports, employment opportunities, training curriculum and schedules, excess your benefits, updates on legislation concerning our trade and working families and the opportunity to sign up for daily updates. If you have not registered please go to the site and sign on.

    I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Wednesday December 13th, please plan to come early as we will be celebrating the holidays with our annual Christmas buffet. Wishing all of you and your families a safe and joyous holiday season, Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

  • November Business Agent Update

    by Tony Sirois, Local 716 Business Agent

    We have 465 total members with 308 working. We have 71 members on the Journeyman list with 21 not available, 20 members on the Travelers list, and 3 members on the Apprentice list. We have 1 traveler working in our local.

    There seem to be a delay at Sappi paper due to the engineering of paper machine piping. The prints are not coming out in a timely manner and are causing a delay in the project. I am looking to find out if that will affect the outage date or not.

    CCB and SMC have picked up work at Jackson Labs in Ellsworth. We have sent out 3 & 2 welders to both companies for work with PC. They are converting a retail space into a laboratory. It looks to be an ongoing project.

    The job at ON Semi is awarded to Kinetics but has been pushed back due to changes to the budget. ON Semi has to trim $400,000 off the budget, the push back is looking like in January sometime.

    Beacon Piping is at Calpine Power in Westbrook, we have 11 guys there working and we are expecting more calls to come soon.

    Local 553, Alton, MI, Wood River Project will be pulling people for their outage that will happen in Feb – March. Most of the hires will be in January and February, but some will be in a week or two.

    Local 140, Lehi, UT is looking for Orbital Welders with the UA-18A certs. They will be picking up after the New year.

    Local 602, Washington DC, is looking for combo (GTAW/SMAW) welders for the PSEG Keys Energy Combined Cycle power plant in Brandywine, MD.  There are two contractors on-site looking for welders at this time.  The welders will be working with mild carbon steel, 304L stainless, 2 1/4% chrome, 9% chrome and P91 material on the high-energy piping.  

    Work has been slowing down and other locals are holding steady or laying off. Work is expected to pick up some after Thanksgiving and will pick up a lot after New Year’s holiday.


  • November 2017 Organizing Report

    by Beau Libby, Organizer Local 716 Plumbers and Pipefitters

    I have been working with my Manger, Agent and Training coordinator on designing a residential contract for Maine with all the hvac work in our state present and future.  We are very close to this goal. I believe this will help tremendously in regaining market share in our state.

    I have spent many hours talking with workers from all over about their pay, insurance, retirements, conditions, etc. I’m gaining very valuable knowledge on what non-union workers want and need in Maine. I’m also in the process of designing a package to send out to many HVAC contractors with information on Local 716 and what we have to offer them.  I’m sure with the new residential rate sheets and contract we are working on, it will help our Local and the UA grow stronger for many more years.

    I have also been talking with other UA contractors about work in our state.  I have received lots of interest.  I recently attended a job fair with a UA member that is also a teacher in plumbing training in our southern Maine schools to talk with graduating students.  I am still using many of the recruiting websites to advertise for workers along with going out frequently to meet new workers where ever I see them.  I have received a lot of interest from the recruitment sites.  I have started a nice data base of possible new members. We swore in 3 new members at this month’s meeting. Two could not make it due to prior engagements so they will be sworn in at the December meeting.

    I have had good talks with a 25-30 man mechanical outfit about going union. I have had numerous calls with the owner and he is interested.   I’m trying to schedule a meeting for this month with him to possible have him sign our working agreement and a Schedule A if needed. Things are going to slow I feel for a little bit due to the holiday season but I anticipate a big 2018 for our Local! 

  • November Training Update

    by Jen McKenna, Training Director Local 716 Apprenticeship

    Happy Holidays to all. We hope you and your loved ones are filled with hope and happiness in this season of gratitude.

    We have been very busy this last semester with almost 30 apprentices working and attending school.  We are so proud of this group. They work hard and care about the union's future, their future.  We have had a blend of online classes and in-person classes; Basic Electricity, Rigging Fundamentals, Trade Math, Welding Theory, Hands on Welding and Standards for Excellence.  We have been working hard!  

    We would like to thank our instructors, Union members April Bourgoine and Michael Winchenbach for stepping up to do a challenging job.  This was your first semester instructing, and we are impressed with your effort and excited to see where you will help take this school.  In addition to teaching, April and Mike got the students involved with repairing toilets at the school, maintenance on our heating systems and so much more.  Thank you for going above and beyond.

    In addition to dispatching Tony Sirois has put in extra time and effort helping to set up and facilitate membership testing for our local.  He and Union Brother, Mark Johnson have assisted in dozens of UA welding tests.  Tony is the man to call if you want to get on the list for testing.  Thank you guys!

    Next semester is still in the planning stages and I will release Journeyworker classes available by the New Year.  Keep your eye our on Facebook, our website and, of course, this monthly update.

    Looking forward to a great new year!

  • Have You Tried Teladoc Yet?

    Our members and their families now have access to Teladoc! This service provides 24/7 access to a medical doctor who can send an e-prescription to your pharmacy with zero cost to you – no deductible or co-pay. Here are several reasons to try Teladoc.


    There are two ways to activate your Teledoc account:

    Enroll over the phone in 5 minutes by calling: 800-835-2362. If asked, "does your employer or insurance provider provide you access to Teledoc?" Please relpy, "Local 716." OR

    Go to member.Teledoc.com/registration then:

    1. Select NO I do not know my username

    2. Type and select "Local 716" from the drop down company name

    3. Create usernam and password

    4. Fill out brief medical history