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
  • Yesterdays Ruling

    Brothers & Sisters,

    We have never depended on any politician or judge to decide our fate and we aren’t about to start now.

    It comes as no surprise that the extremist Supreme Court made it harder for workers to get ahead with today’s ruling in the Janus case. The Court ruling makes the entire public sector “Right to Work” for less meaning public sector workers can gain all the benefits of a union – just cause protections, a pension, seniority, higher wages, safer workplaces, representation, and more – without contributing a nickel.

    For decades, wealthy elites and big coprorations have sought to weaken workers' ability to band together and bargain for a better life. Today the highest court in the land did their bidding. Taking away the freedoms of working people to join together in union is the primary goal, and eliminating fair share fees for public employees is the latest tactic.

    So, what’s next? What to do? We take inspiration from West Virginia striking teachers who just attended our Maine AFL-CIO COPE Convention. Operating in a “Right to Work” state without any legal collective bargaining rights or legal right to strike, they shared their stories of organizing a nine day statewide strike, building deep community support, growing their unions through the process and staying out until their demands were met. Their organizing, militancy and vision won all five of their demands.

    As a UAW organizer said in 1936 while building the CIO, “There is no future unless we make the future.”   So lets band together and keep building a workers’ movement. Here are three ways that you can help immediately:

    1.     Take a photo of yourself, your co-workers, friends or family holding your own Norma Rae-styled “Union” sign and post it to social media. See examples here. Please reply to me if you posted a union selfie. We will share it.

    2.     Like our Maine AFL-CIO Facebook page and share our content. We will be putting up a lot of content about this ruling and unions as a public good. Please share it.

    3.     Register for our 2018 Labor Summer Institute August 8-9 at the University of Maine Orono Campus. This is a great two day movement building school designed to build relationships, develop skills and plot a vision to build the labor movement. Register today by clicking here.


    All across Maine and the country, working people are hungry for a better life. After decades of stagnant wages and eroding economic security, working people are ready to build power through collective action. Workers need unions more than ever. Its up to all of us to do the organizing and develop the vision to make that happen.

    Thanks for all that you do every day. Its time to double down.

    In Solidarity,

    Matt and the Maine AFL-CIO.

  • Joel Bolshaw Obituary

    Joel Sydney Bolshaw, 83, of Hancock passed away April 5, 2018. He was born Dec. 18, 1935, to Sydney and Carrie Bolshaw in Ware, Mass.

    He graduated from Brookfield High School, Class of 1953. Joel proudly served in the Navy on the USS Oriskany from 1954 to 1958. In 1959, he married his wife, Mary, in Connecticut.

    His interests included motorcycles, machinery, researching genealogy, enjoying music, coins and dancing with Mary.

    Joel is survived by his wife, Mary, his children, Kevin Bolshaw and wife Trish of Pennsylvania, Yvette Bolshaw of Massachusetts, Jody Cilli and partner Dan Kolis of Massachusetts, and Kim Bolshaw and husband, Chris Noetzel, of Maine, and Jennifer Bolshaw of Maine. Grandchildren James D. Witto, Natiya Cilli, Ellis and Merrill Bolshaw-Noetzel and and three great grandchildren. Sister, Carol Zuccalo and husband, Don, of Vermont. He is also survived by additional family and many friends, who shared their lives and fellowship through Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

    A heartfelt thank you to the EMS, Ambulance, the Sheriff's Department and LifeFlight crews for being so efficient and caring.

    A celebration of life will held 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Elks Lodge in Ellsworth. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to Hancock Emergency Medical Services. www.hancockvfd.com

  • Workers Memorial Day Breakfast

  • Training Opportunities from Maine Labor Group on Health

    Hazwoper 8 - Hour Refresher - $95.00/person

    February 16, 8am - 4:30pm @ Viles Arboretum, Augusta
    March 23, 8am - 4:30pm - Location to be dete

    Hazwoper 40-Hour Initial Course - $495.00/person

    March 12 - 16, daily 8am - 4pm, location to be determined

    NSC Certified First Aid & CPR with AED - $65.00/person

    February 23, 8am - 12:30pm, Augusta
    March 30, 8am - 12:30pm, Viles Arboretum, Augusta

  • Irving Neal Obituary

    Irving Jeffrey Neal

    Irving Jeffrey Neal, 76
    RAYMOND - Irving (Jeff) Neal, 76, passed at his residence on January 22, 2018 following a brief illness. He was born in Portland on December 27, 1941 a son of John O. and Ida (Pelletier) Neal. He graduated from Portland High School in 1960 where he excelled in swimming both at Portland High School and the Portland Boys Club. 

    He joined the U.S. Navy in 1960 and served as a Petty Officer Second Class. During that time he traveled throughout the world including Turkey, Spain, Italy, France and Norway; Lastly serving on the icebreaker U.S.S. ATKA (AGB-3) in Greenland. After his first Honorable Discharge from the Navy, he married Stella Roy on May 22, 1965. In 1966, hours before his first enlistment was to end, he was reinstated to teach shipboard armament in South Portland during the Vietnam War, earning him a second Honorable Discharge. 

    For the next 5 years he continued his education in plumbing/steamfitting at SMCC in South Portland. He began working as a plumber locally and out of state for the former Local 217 which later became Local 716. He earned his Propane & Natural Gas Technician's License at the age of 61.

    In 1972, he and Stella purchased a home in Raymond on Sebago Lake where they raised their family. At the age of 40, he learned how to ski at Sugarloaf, a place where he and his family spent many February vacations. He loved to cook and always made Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. He had many pets throughout his life and especially enjoyed his Labrador Retrievers.

    He is predeceased by a brother, John Steven Neal.

    He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Stella, children, Joel Neal of Windham, Jason Neal of Waltham, MA, and Juliane Richards and her husband Michael of Windham; grandchildren, John Thomas Neal, Paige Richards, Derrike Richards, James Irving O'Keefe-Neal; sisters, Vivian Jean Adams of Nashua, NH, Veleria Connor and her husband Ken of Sudbury, MA. He is also survived by four nieces and many cousins.

    A Memorial Mass to celebrate his life will be held in the spring in the chapel at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland followed by a time of fellowship and reception at St. Peter's parish hall.

    In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeff's memory may be made to the American Lung Association , 122 State Street, Augusta ME 04330.
    Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Jeff's online guest book.


    Click here to register for Labor Lobby Day- Tuesday March 13th!

    Brothers and Sisters-

    Please mark your calendar today and make plans to attend our 2018 Labor Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 13th.

    What happens when hundreds of union members converge on the State House to make our voices heard about key bills that impact working people?

    Well, you'll just have to come and find out for yourself!

    Register today for our 2018 Labor Lobby Day

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 13th. Registration at 7:45 am; Program Starts at 8 am

    WHERE: Cross Cafe, Ground Level, Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta (Adjacent to Capitol Building).

    WHO: Union members and friends of labor

    REGISTER: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc82Mbeij9xIvBbPHnq0CHl-hy0fnTB...


    Lobby Day is a great event for new union leaders as well as experienced members. Please think about who in your local has not been to Labor Lobby Day before and might be willing to attend. It's a great way to introduce members to the political process.

    We do a thorough training in the morning, and then head upstairs to the State House to find our Legislators together.

    Decisions are made every day in Augusta that impact working people. From collective bargaining to workplace safety, from unemployment insurance to wages, these decisions being made by Legislators effect our lives. We need to be there so they know we are watching, and to demand that our elected officials vote in the interests of workers.

    Please RSVP so we know you are coming. We'll send out more information including directions and information on key bills as Labor Lobby Day gets closer.

    In solidarity,

    Adam and the Maine AFL-CIO