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
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  • Obituary for Rudolf W. Kaserman

    Rudolf W. Kaserman, 'Sonny', 79
    GORHAM-- Rudolf W. Kaserman, 'Sonny', 79, a long-time resident of Gorham, passed away unexpectedly at his home on May 3, 2013. He was born in Portland on Nov. 30, 1933 to Johanna (Meyer-Guntner) and Rudolf Kaserman, Sr. He grew up in Portland, graduating from Portland High School and later attended the University of Maine and Franklin Pierce College. Rudolf was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #716 and worked at Douglas Bros., Ltd. for over 20 years before retiring in 1995.
    Rudolf had an adept ability to make or fix anything, especially if it involved stainless steel. He enjoyed raising sheep and keeping bees on his property as well as making maple syrup and apple cider every year with his family. He always had a story or joke that he was willing to share. Rudolf was happiest when surrounded by his grandchildren.
    Rudolf was pre-deceased by his wife, Marilyn (Grant) Kaserman. He is survived by a sister, Rosalie Jackson, of Glendora, Calif.; brother, Fred Kaserman, and his wife, Margaret, of Falmouth; daughter, Joanna Mooney, and her husband, Mark, of Scarborough, son, Kevin Kaserman, and his wife, Denise, of Falmouth, daughter, Janine Kaserman, and her husband, Dean Mazziotti, of Portland; five grandchildren, Julia, Mason, Kyle, Aaron, and Johanna; as well as several nieces, nephews, and close friends.
    Friends and family are invited to a period of visitation on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins, LLC, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Calvary Cemetery, 1461 Broadway, South Portland. The time will be announced in Tuesday's Press Herald. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to the obituaries section at www.athutchins.com.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rudolf's name to:
    Animal Refuge League
    of Greater Portland
    449 Stroudwater St.
    Westbrook, ME
    Rudolf W. Kaserman

    Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from May 5 to May 6, 2013

  • Training Newsletter

    APRIL 2013 Training Newsletter

  • Maine List of American Made Companies

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  • 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