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
  • AFL-CIO Summer Institute

    Dear union member,

    The Maine AFL-CIO Labor Summer Institute is a 2-day solidarity school, held in conjunction with the Maine Bureau of Labor Education, where union members come together to meet each other, learn new skills and build our power.

    The Summer Institute will be held on Wed. & Thurs., August 9 & 10 at the University of Maine in Orono. We are asking each local union to send members. Is someone from your local attending? Are you able to attend? Download a brochure or register today by clicking here.

    Labor Summer Institute
    Wed. August 9 & Thurs. August 10
    University of Maine (Orono)
    To learn more or register: maineaflcio.org/summerinstitute

    We have some big questions to discuss. What happened to erode the power of working people in this country? What should we do to win it back? What is the future of the labor movement?

    This is a great leadership development opportunity for new and seasoned union members alike.

    You can download a brochure from our website with all the details: www.maineaflcio.org/summerinstitute

    Don't take it from just me, here's what a participant has to say:

    "Summer Institute is my favorite labor event. I love meeting and talking with fellow union members from different locals across the state. Together we learn from one another and build relationships that strengthen our movement. I think everyone should attend!"- Jessie Lambert, Bangor, Maine State Nurses Association.



    We hope to see you there! Please email with any questions, or call 207 622 9675.

    In solidarity,

    Cynthia Phinney

    President, Maine AFL-CIO


    Plumbing Code Crash Course


    A two day “Plumbing Code Crash Course” on February 20th and 21st is being offered at F.W. Webb in South Portland. This course will help prepare you for your Journeyman or Master plumber’s license test!  Attached is a flyer with additional information about the course.  If you know of any techs that might need to take this course, please pass the info on to them.


    Price: $360


    Instructor Brad Harding taught the plumbing code class last year at Kennebec Valley Community College with 95% of the students passing the state exam.  This course is for guys who already know the plumbing trade but need help to prepare for the state plumbing exam.

  • YOU Are Invited "Unity For Community"


    PLACE: Mechanics Hall, Third Floor, 519 Congress Street (elevator accessible)


    DATE: Wednesday, January 11, 2017


    TIME: 530 PM to 8 PM


    SCHEDULED SPEAKERS: John Napolitano, President, MSBCTC, Chris Hall, Portland Chamber of Commerce, Hon. Ethan Strimling, Mayor (All will make brief remarks about community development, neighborhood impacts, public construction, jobs and fairness.)




    The Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council is pleased to sponsor an important opportunity to meet community leaders as Portland looks forward to an active community agenda in 2017. Following the Mayor's State of the City Address on January 9 and before the City Council's public "Goal's Setting" session on January 23, our evening will be an important, informal community gathering.



  • Department Of Labor Offering Safety Training in September

    Space is available for classes in Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Ellsworth, Presque Isle, Springvale and Wilton.


    AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers and employees throughout September. Visit the class registration page or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class.

    Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees. Courses are held at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted.

    10-Hour Construction Standards: September 10 and 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce St, Presque Isle

    This one-and-a-half day course gives basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two.


    30-Hour Construction Standards: September 14 through 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    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 OSHA 30-hour construction course certificates.



    Forklift Operator Training: September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    This class is designed for new operators. The instruction will involve classroom and hands-on training. Training will include performing a forklift inspection and use of the department's "new forklift simulator." This training does not meet the requirements to qualify the participant to be a "qualified operator." Only the employer can provide such certification.


    10-Hour General Industry Standards: September 24 and 25, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The one-and-a-half-day course offers basic information on a variety of general industry safety and health standards (29 CFR 1910). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two.


    OSHA Recordkeeping: September 24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Suite 3, Bangor

    This class provides thorough and comprehensive six-hour training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. You will learn the OSHA rule (29 CFR 1904) regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses as it applies to your organization. This class includes several hands-on activities on how to correctly fill out the required injury reporting forms. This class will include updates to the OSHA Recordkeeping Standard (29 CFR 1904), which went into effect January 1, 2015.

    Laws Governing Workplace Rights

    • September 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Ellsworth, Ellsworth Town Hall, 1 City Hall Avenue
    • September 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Springvale, 9 Bodwell Court
    • September 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce Street, Suite 1
    • September 23, 9 a.m. to noon, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick
    • September 30, 9 a.m. to noon, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick
    • September 30, 9 a.m. to noon, Wilton CareerCenter, 865 US Route 2E

    This course is designed for human resource or benefits professionals, accountants, business owners, managers, or payroll supervisors. Labor laws can be complex. This seminar covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave, and domestic violence) and break requirements. Also, addresses commonly asked labor related questions. 


    Interested employers can learn more about the courses and register at http://www.safetyworksmaine.com , click "More Classes" from the homepage. Space is limited so reservations are required.


    SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com .

  • Apprenticeship Orientation Date Announced

    The next Orientation is Saturday May 2nd at 1pm at our Training Center in Augusta at 21 Gabriel Drive.

    If you would like to attend please RSVP at this link RSVP

    The Orientation will take about 2 hours, please bring a writing utensil and a notebook, there will be a lot of information covered.  We will also have many apprentices who are currently in our program available to speak first hand of their experience with us.  After you hear all about our program, we will have application packets for any people who are interested in applying.   We look forward to seeing you!

  • Life is Good in Chesuncook Maine!

    Al Smart sent in some pictures of camp, life is good in Maine!