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

    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

  • MLGH Classes Offered

    Hazwoper 8 - Hour Refresher - $95.00/person

    January 19, 8am - 4:30pm @ Central Maine Community College Auburn
    February 19, 8am - 4:30pm - Location to be determined
    March 23, 8am - 4:30pm - Location to be dete

    Hazwoper 40-Hour Initial Course - $495.00/person

    January 22 - 26, daily 8am - 4pm @ Camp Mechuwana, Winthrop Maine
    March 12 - 16, daily 8am - 4pm, location to be determined.

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

    January 26, 8am - 12:30pm, Augusta
    February 23, 8am - 12:30pm, Augusta
    March 30, 8am - 12:30pm, Augusta


    *like* our Facebook page to get up-to-the-minute posts of our class offerings on your fb page.


    Does your company communicate it's chemical and hazardous material hazards to it's employees?

    MLGH, in conjunction with the US Department of Labor, provides no-cost Hazard Communication Training to eligible employers.  We'll come to your work place and provide this OSHA mandated training. 

     Contact us for more information: mlgh@gwi.net,   (207)622-7823

  • CMLC Meeting will be Thursday, January 11th

    Hello Sisters and Brothers,


    CMLC Meeting will be Thursday, January 11th

    UA Local 716 Union Hall (21 Gabriel Dr, Augusta)


    Free dinner at 5:30 prepared by Brother Steven Keaten!

    Start time 6pm

    Agenda to include:

    Guest speaker Adam Cote candidate for Governor

    Continued discussion on how to move forward in 2018

    Planning for the upcoming Legislative Breakfast

    Local round-ups

    Adjourn 7:30


    Hope to see you there,


    Josh Hartford

    President, Central Maine Labor Council

  • New Training Opportunities






    This HYBRID CLASS starts 2/3/2018 with a review on 5/5/2018 8am – 4:30pm and Certification test out on 5/12/2018 at training center in Augusta from 10am—12.  This Blackboard Online class is challenging and the student must at least be a 5th year apprentice.  Book can be picked up on January 10th  before the union meeting in Augusta

    This blackboard class will serve potential foremen by instilling the principles of the UA Standard for Excellence, enabling him/her to effectively convey these principles on each and every jobsite. It takes the user through a realistic realm of the daily duties of a foreman -- "Planning and Scheduling," "Documentation and Recordkeeping," "Managing, Measuring, and Improving Productivity," "Change Orders," and "Close-out." It encompasses the behavioral mindsets of individuals on the job, and how to properly deal with each issue that may arise, inclusive in chapters on "Image and Professionalism," "Relationships," and "Disputes, Conflicts and Negotiation." Each student will walk away with a complete knowledge of what is expected of a certified UA foreman. 


    OSHA 30

    30-Hour Construction Standards Online- https://www.360training.com/



    30-Hour Construction Standards --http://www.safetyworksmaine.gov/training/scheduled_classes/register.shtml

    This five-day course introduces attendees new to construction safety and health to the OSHA standards (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete all five days will receive an OSHA 30-hour construction course certificate. Class runs from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., day one through day five.

    5 days March 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2018 8:30 AM-
    4:30 PM Augusta 



  • 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.