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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  • Federal Study on the Impact of Apprenticeship on Our Society

    Key Research Findings. The study found:

    • RA participants had substantially higher annual earnings than did nonparticipants. Over their career of 36 years, participants who completed the RA program had average earnings of nearly a quarter million dollars ($240,037, or $301,533 including employer benefits added). After accounting for costs, the net benefits for RA completers are $233,828. Even when non-completers are added to the analysis, over their career of 36 years, the estimated average earnings gains for all participants is still an impressive $98,718 (or $123,906 including employer benefits). Taking into account various costs such as taxes apprentices pay on earnings gains, the estimated net benefits for RA participants are $96,911.

    The social benefits of the RA program appear to be much larger than the social costs. Over the average 36 year career of an apprentice, the estimated social benefits of RA exceed the social costs by more than $49,000.

    • Female apprentices expressed positive views of RA but recommend some changes to promote women’s success. The data demonstrates that women participate in RA at lower rates than men and are concentrated in social service occupations (mainly child care and health care). In the 2010 cohort, women made up only 9 percent of new apprentices. Women are much less likely than men to enroll in the traditional skilled trades and, when they do, they are less likely than men to complete RA. The women interviewed see their participation in RA as a pathway to career advancement and higher pay. Those interviewed suggested strategies to enhance the success of women in RA: undertaking targeted outreach campaigns, building women’s basic skills, helping women develop accurate expectations about particular occupations, adequate child care, assisting employers to enforce policies to combat harassment at male-dominated worksites, and peer groups for support and encouragement.

    • RA programs are largely similar in states federally administered by the OA states and SAA states. Modest differences were found between OA and SAA states in terms of the demographics, occupational distribution, completion rates, and earnings gains of apprentices. The most notable difference was that SAA states are more easily able to create partnerships with the workforce system and educational institutions because they are part of the same state government.
    5. Inquiries. To view an abstract of this publication, as well as to download the executive summary and full report, visit the ETA Research Publication Database Web site at:

  • Local 716 Members, Let's Go To Summer School!!!

    The Labor Summer Institute is a 2-day union summer school, put on by the Maine AFL-CIO and the Bureau of Labor Education, where union members get a chance to meet each other, discuss the big issues of the day, learn new skills, and build our power.

    This year’s Summer Institute<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=K1WTJk87c5XOyT%2Bg0fbiMI9tFghLIu2V> will include:

     *   A presentation & discussion with Jeff Faux<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=1zw%2BV1P3joc4R%2B5clTsSs49tFghLIu2V> based on his brand new book “The New Servant Economy: Where America’s Elite is [http://act.aflcio.org/c/19/images/summinst2.jpg] Sending the Middle Class”   Jeff is the founder of the Economic Policy Institute and one of the nation’s leading economic thinkers and activists. More info: http://jefffaux.com/<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=%2BzhXvG9%2B6rks59%2FjcvBtZI9tFghLIu2V> or http://prospect.org/article/who-will-save-middle-class<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=PpcTEvWb7RMfogCFC4mCx3dE1Dxt15wW>
     *   A conversation with Congressman and union brother, Mike Michaud
     *   A presentation & discussion on the 25th Anniversary of the Jay Strike with Jay strike organizer, Peter Kellman. What were the lessons learned? What was the organizing that led up to and continued through the strike?
     *   Discussion & political action for the coming election season and our Labor 2012 program to elect pro-worker candidates
     *   Skill building workshops on how to get more volunteers and activism in your local union, using the media and lots more
     *    A great chance to meet union members from across the state…..and much, much more.

    We really hope you will join us.  It is always a great event. Info to register is just below. Let us know if you plan to attend.

    [http://act.aflcio.org/c/19/images/www.epi.org.jpg]<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=da5D7EpWPXWNXVw5kH8OTY9tFghLIu2V>One other note: We are really excited that Jeff Faux is joining us. If you want to come just for his presentation & discussion, we’d love to have you. His talk will be held Wednesday August 8, 10:30am – noon in the D.P. Corbett Building at University of Maine, Orono.

    You can register to attend by clicking here and filling out the online registration form: www.maineaflcio.org/summerinstitute<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=itastfPwST0fogCFC4mCx3dE1Dxt15wW>

  • The Maine AFL-CIO 2012 Working Families Legislative Scorecard is hot off the press!

    The Maine AFL-CIO 2012 Working Families Legislative Scorecard is hot off the press!

    Check it out here: www.maineaflcio.org/scorecard<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=Q2HAV0hn6GzDMML5gMHhrR1w6kLzL7Dp>[http://act.aflcio.org/c/19/images/Scorecardthumbnail.png]<http://act.aflcio.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=U%2BjpOXEnF9etS77rPNRaGh1w6kLzL7Dp>

    Workers faced unprecedented attacks in 2012.  Since you can't be in Augusta every day, we want to make sure you get the full scoop on what happened that impacts workers like you.

    That's why we are excited to release the Maine AFL-CIO 2012 Legislative Scorecard.

    This 16 page newsletter includes descriptions of key bills, the roll call votes on those bills, scores of each Representative and Senator, and behind the scenes actions that had an impact on workers this session.

    Want to see how your State Rep. or Senator voted? Click here: www.maineaflcio.org/scorecard or check your mailbox.

    The 2012 Scorecard is hitting the mail this week to our 40,000 union members and retirees across Maine. We hope our members will use it to better understand the key labor issues we faced, learn how their legislators voted, and hold them accountable!

    Look for yours in the mail in the coming week! Please read it, share it with your family, and make sure your co-workers know that they are getting a copy in the mail.

    Let us know what you think! Got any feedback? Suggestions for improvement? We'd love to hear them.

    If you want more copies to distribute at work or elsewhere, please give us a call at 622-9675 and we can get you more.

    Thank you so much to our sponsors who made this possible. A full list of sponsors is included in the scorecard on page 2 as well as on our website at www.maineaflcio.org/scorecard.

    It's not too late for your local or international union to sponsor the scorecard.  If you haven’t already, will your local union or council sponsor the scorecard?  This important project is above and beyond our normal operating expenses and only can happen because of generous contributions.  If your local can chip in to help cover the costs of printing and mailing, please contact Sarah at 622-9675 or sarah@maineaflcio.org.

    Special thanks go to Brother Matthew Beck of IBEW 1837 for his fantastic work designing the publication.  He did a great job again this year- it looks great!

    P.S. This scorecard is only effective if it gets read, talked about, and translated into action. So please spread the word, talk it up at work, encourage your co-workers to look at it and check out how your legislator voted.

  • Local 716 Members do you know how much wages per hour is considered Minimum, and is it really livable?

    How much wage per hour is minimum and is it livable?  Often we hear reports on the news about the "Living Wage" and many decisions are based on the definition of this wage.  Currently in Maine the minimum wage is $7.50, that is $15,600 per year. http://www.minimum-wage.org/states.asp?state=Maine

    The "livable Wage" in Maine for ONE ADULT is an average of $8.26 ( $17,182 per year), for a FAMILY OF THREE it is an average of $20.26 ($42,140.80 per year) http://livingwage.mit.edu/states/23/locations

    What this third party data represents is a real life scenario.  In a family of 3, two parents and one child, where both parents are working minimum wage jobs - they are considered to be in poverty.  This third party study provided by Penn State is an example of consolidated current research to show that a minimum wage job with no healthcare or retirement is a path to poverty.  Hard working Mainers who work full time are unable to escape the need for welfare and assistance.  Every day unions fight to increase the hourly wages by reminding the public that skilled labor is the backbone of this country and with out it there would be no capitalism.  Thank you for holding a union card and standing up for the rights of every skilled American worker.  


    SOURCE: Industrial Info Resources

    Industrial Info Resources

    July 19, 2012 06:00 ET

    North America Faces Shortage of Welders, Despite High Unemployment Rates, an Industrial Info News Alert

    SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2012) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- At a time news buzzes with reports of the high rate of unemployment among Americans, the industrial sector faces fierce competition over skilled labor, specifically welders. Any industry that involves pipes, vessels, tanks or movement of liquids and/or gases requires the services of certified welders to build and maintain its facilities. Industrial Info is currently tracking more than 15,000 projects in North America across all industries, representing more than $2.16 trillion in investments. The overwhelming majority of these projects, estimated to be worth at least $1.5 trillion, will require some form of welding services. In other words, about 8,900 industrial projects are looking for welders. However, project managers are constantly coming up short on finding or spending exorbitant amounts on keeping welders.

    For details, view the entire article by subscribing to Industrial Info's Premium Industry News at http://www.industrialinfo.com/showAbstract.jsp?newsitemID=226113&refer=mw, or browse other breaking industrial news stories at www.industrialinfo.com.

  • Visiting the Perkins Family homestead...

    Visiting the Perkins Family homestead...
    Frances Perkins’ homestead - the Brick House Historic District- will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 14, 2012. The house is a private residence maintained by the Perkins Family and advance registration is required.This 57-acre property on the Damariscotta River is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours will provide a glimpse of the site's history as a working farm and brickyard and home to many generations of the Perkins family since the mid-eighteenth century, including Frances Perkins, its most notable member. Tours begin at the Frances Perkins Center at 170A Main St., Damariscotta. Tours will last two and a half hours and include guided visits through the house and extensive grounds along the Damariscotta River. Sturdy walking shoes and a hat are recommended. The property is not handicapped accessible. However, if you have mobility issues please call the Center in advance and we will discuss how we can adapt the tour to meet your needs. Bottled water and light refreshments will be provided. Tours will be led by Frances Perkins Center board members, and Perkins’ grandson, Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall.

    The tour begins at 12:30pm. Tickets cost $10 each. Thanks to Country Coach,a trolley will be used to transport visitors to and from the Brick House historic district. Space is limited, so visitors should purchase tickets as soon as possible. Contact the Center at info@FrancesPerkinsCenter.org orcall 207-563-3374