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
  • The Yellow Dot Program in Maine


    Yellow Dot is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver's-side rear window of your vehicle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment.
  • You are Invited to THE Memorial Day Dinner for Maine

    Brothers and Sisters-

    Every worker wants to come home safe at the end of the day. Unfortunately, too many workers die on the job every year, including right here in Maine.

    Atleast 20 Mainers died on the job in 2012.  Just last week a major explosion killed 12 workers in West, Texas. Wednesday in Bangladesh, atleast 240 workers died when a building of garment factories collapsed. Unsafe working conditions impact us all.

    This year we will gather to remember those who died on the job at a Workers Memorial Day dinner in Lewiston.  Please join us!

    Workers' Memorial Day Dinner
    Western Maine Labor Council
    Sunday, April 28th

    4 pm socializing, dinner at 5:30
    Franco American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar Street, Lewiston
    Tickets: $20, available at the door.

    Please RSVP to Mary Roussel at 783-3890 or ninka12@yahoo.com.

    The event will feature a performance of 'Tribute, the Maine Mural Play' by Deering High School. Not to be missed!

    Socializing, including a cash bar, start at 4 pm and Dinner starts at 5:30.

    This year the WMLC will present three awards Sunday night: Senator Troy Jackson, Cynthia Phinney of IBEW 1837, and a SURPRISE third awardee you won't want to miss!

    Please join us, we'd love to see you there.

    Please RSVP to Mary Roussel at 783-3890 or ninka12@yahoo.com.

    In solidarity,

    Matt Schlobohm

  • Do You Recognize These Dirty Words?

    I’ve been getting some letters lately. They’ve included words like “illegal alien” and others that aren’t fit to print.

    I don’t want to dismiss these concerns. For a long time, the labor movement feared immigrant workers, because we thought employers would find low-cost workers and push down wages. And it happened—our system was broken, and those bad bosses drove down our wages and everyone suffered. Some choose to blame aspiring citizens for these problems. But working families aren’t the problem, and we’ve never been the problem.

    Labor’s stance has changed, and changed for the better. We proudly stand on the side of Americans in waiting. Join us—tell your senator you want a commonsense immigration process with a road map to citizenship.

    I’m not pretending your fears aren't real, brothers and sisters. I understand where they come from. Good jobs are scarce. What if the job crisis worsens? The economy is tough.

    But there's something else at work here. Fear can make our memories short. We forget what they said about our grandparents and aunts and uncles and even us. “You don’t belong here.” “Go back where you came from.”

    One hundred years ago, some in the labor movement rejected new immigrants, women, people of color and millions of "unskilled" industrial workers. That historic prejudice has never sat well with me. When people use the word "immigrant" as an insult or as a way to degrade people—I take it personally. The lesson we should take from our history is that when we stand together, all of us are stronger. Right now we have the chance to make history and reform our immigration system, to ensure working families—no matter where they are from—are protected.

    America’s unions stand on the side of workers. So we stand on the side of every single one of those 11 million Americans in waiting. We won’t back up, we won’t back down, and we won’t be turned aside until every single one gets formal recognition.


    In solidarity,

    Richard Trumka
    President, AFL-CIO

  • Union May Day Celebration in Portland Maine!

    Dear brothers and sisters,

    For years, bad employers have increased their profits by recruiting and exploiting immigrant workers. They don't pay fair wages and have unsafe working conditions. If the workers are undocumented, they cannot speak up. And they certainly can't join a union.

    Now, we are demanding that this change.  We support comprehensive immigration reform that guarantees all workers are protected by state and federal laws.  This will level the playing field for good employers and for all workers, and end this exploitation and abuse.  The time is now to fix this broken system.

    May 1st is International Workers' Rights Day.  This May Day workers and immigrants from across Maine will be uniting for a rally in Portland to call on Congress to pass fair and comprehensive immigration reform.

    Please join me there!

    Immigration Reform March and Rally

    Wednesday, May 1st, Portland
    March starts at Lincoln Park on Congress St. @ 4:00pm
    Rally begins at 5:00pm @ Monument Square

    RSVP to sarah@maineaflcio.org or 622-9675

    Inspiring Speakers, Live Music


    We Are Fighting to: Demand Workers’ Rights, Keep Families Together, Restore Due Process, Create a Roadmap to Citizenship

    For more information call me at 622-9675 or email me here at sarah@maineaflcio.org.

    We are looking for volunteers- crossing cards and other roles- so please let me know if you are willing to help out.

    Hope to see you in Portland so we can celebrate May Day together and call on Congress to do the right thing and pass immigration reform.

    In solidarity,


    Maine AFL-CIO

  • WORK!

    Call Gary if your interested in any of these job openeings! 207-621-0006

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    Job Number:  101540

    Job Location:  El Dorado, AR
    Start Date:  04/09/2013
    Duration:  6 Months

    Trade Needed:  PIPEFITTER
    Number Needed:  3

    Requirements and other info:  Must be familiar with big bore pipe  fabrication in shop setting

    Drug Test Required:  YES

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    Wages:  $ 22.67
    Pension:  $ 3.48
    Pension Annuity:  $ 3.48
    Health:  $ 4.90

    Overtime:  5 X 10's
    Travel Pay:  0

    Other Benefits:  Night Shift Add 5%
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    Job Number:  101541

    Job Location:  Minot, ND
    Start Date:  04/01/2013
    Duration:  3 weeks

    Trade Needed:  WELDER
    Number Needed:  2

    Requirements and other info:  ua 21

    Other Qualification:  OSHA 10 or Better

    Drug Test Required:  YES

    * * * * * * * *
    Wages:  $ 36.81
    Pension:  $ 5.15
    Pension Annuity:  $ 3.30
    Health:  $ 5.00

    Overtime:  5x10
    Travel Pay:  0

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  • Writing a Business Plan Workshop

    Learn what should go into a business plan, the resources available to develop and support the plan, and how to prepare the necessary financial forecasting documents.