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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    This Friday November 29th help stand up for Walmart workers everywhere as they strike and take action across the country.

    Come join an action in Ellsworth, Scarborough, Augusta or Auburn in solidarity with Walmart workers and all low-wage workers in Maine.  

    Strikes are spreading through Walmart’s stores nationwide to protest poverty wages and poor working conditions.  Recently, Walmart workers in Ohio walked off the job and 50 protesters were arrested outside a Walmart in Los Angles. Last week, Walmart workers in Chicago and Seattle joined their coworkers in going on strike to protest Walmart’s retaliation against those who speak out.

    Please stand up for low-wage workers everywhere by joining us on Friday, November 29.

    Auburn at 10 am(Sponsored by Western ME Labor Council): CLICK HERE to get info and RSVP for the AUBURN action 

    Ellsworth at 11 am:(Sponsored by Community Union of Ellsworth) CLICK HERE to get info and RSVP for the ELLSWORTH action

    Augusta at 11:30 am: (Sponsored by MoveOn) Click HERE to get info and RSVP for the Augusta action.

    Scarborough at 1 pm:(Sponsored by Southern ME Labor Council)  CLICK HERE to get info and RSVP for the SCARBOROUGH Action 

    Want to host an action at another store? It's easy! E-Mail me back and I can help you set it up, or you can sign-up here: www.blackfridayprotests.org

    Know anyone who works at Walmart or used to work there? Please let me know - we are looking to connect with Maine Walmart workers.



    Did you know...


    •    As many as 825,000 Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year because of low wages and not getting enough hours.  

    •    Workers can’t raise their families on these poverty wages. In Ohio, associates held a food drive – for each other – to make sure everyone had Thanksgiving dinner.  Anthony Goytia – father of three - relies on payday loans and even sells his own plasma to cover the bills. After 11 years at Walmart, Patricia Locks makes only $19,000 a year and relies on food banks and food stamps to feed her teenage daughter.

    •    Because Walmart is paying so little, many workers are forced to rely on taxpayer-funded programs just to cover the basics.  Walmart workers are estimated to rely on more than $900,000 in food stamps, Medicaid and other public supports at just one of the company’s 4,000 stores. Americans want Walmart to take responsibility as the largest employer in the country.  We want Walmart to improve its jobs, and help improve the economy. 

    •   The six heirs of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, have a combined net worth of $144.7 billion.

    •   Public policy organization Demos issued a report this month showing that Walmart could pay every employee at least $14.89 per hour, without raising prices. Walmart spent $7.6 billion last year to buy back shares of its own stock and further enrich the Waltons. The buybacks did nothing to boost Walmart’s productivity or bottom line. These funds could provide Walmart’s low-wage workers a raise of $5.83 an hour.


    SEE YOU FRIDAY! For more information call me at 622-9675 or reply to this e-mail.

    Have a great Thanksgiving,


  • Propane and Natural Gas Licensure Courses Beginning December 2, 2013

    Propane and Natural Gas Licensure Courses
    Beginning December 2, 2013

    Courses Start December 2, 2013!

    Kennebec Valley Community College is now offering Propane and Natural Gas licensure preparation Courses.  These courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue licensure and certification as Propane and Natural Gas Technicians.  


    KVCC's courses include the National Propane Gas Association's Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) and the Maine Natural Gas Supplement.  Successful completion of these courses fulfills the training requirement for the State of Maine's Propane and Natural Gas Technician - Appliance Connection and Service Technician endorsement.


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    KVCC offers the following Propane and Natural Gas Courses:   


    PNG1 010 -  Basic Principles and Practices - December 2 - December 14, 2013.  This course is designed for all personnel who want to work in the propane industry.  It provides an overview of key concepts and safety strategies for working with propane.  This course is a prerequisite for the more advanced propane and natural gas courses (PNG1 020, PNG1 030). The course fee is $385 and includes CETP e-book and exam. This course is offeredon Monday and Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. with an exam scheduled on Saturday, December 14th at 9 a.m.  


    PNG1 020 - Appliance Connection and Service Technician Course  - January 6-March 8, 2014.  This course  is designed for installation and service personnel, sales personnel, and managers and supervisors, although employees throughout the propane industry will find this training useful.   The course fee is $1,445 and includes CTEP e-books and exams.  The course is offered on Monday's & Wednesday's from 5-9 p.m. for 9 weeks.  Exam dates: Saturday's at 9 a.m. following each course segment.


    PNG1 030 - The Basic Electricity for Propane Appliances Course - March 10, 12, 17 & 19, 2014, 5-9 pm with an exam on Saturday, March 22nd, 9 am. This course is designed for the installation and service personnel in applying the basic principles of electricity to service propane appliances.


    Successful completion of all these courses and exams will help students achieve the State of Maine Propane and Natural Gas Technician - Appliance Connection and Service Technician endorsement.  Additional eligibility requirements for CETP certification do apply and are not available through KVCC.  Please visit the State of Maine's Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation for more information on license requirements.  




    You may register for this course by simply clicking on the "Register Today" button or you may call us at (207)453-5818 and register over the phone.  We look forward to assisting you in achieving your Energy Service Career Goals!





    Robin Weeks
    Energy Services Administrative Coordinator
    Office of Energy Programs

    Kennebec Valley Community College
    92 Western Avenue
    Fairfield, Maine 04937
    (207)453-5818 (Office)
    (207)453-5197 (Fax)




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  • As Promised, Information on OUR Walmart

    LINK TO WEBSITE: http://forrespect.org/

    OUR Walmart Vision

    We envision a future in which our company treats us, the Associates of Walmart, with respect and dignity. We envision a world where we succeed in our careers, our company succeeds in business, our customers receive great service and value, and Walmart and Associates share all of these goals.

    OUR Walmart Mission

    OUR Walmart works to ensure that every Associate, regardless of his or her title, age, race, or sex, is respected at Walmart. We join together to offer strength and support in addressing the challenges that arise in our stores and our company everyday.

    OUR Walmart Declaration for Respect

    In June of 2011, nearly 100 Associates representing thousands of OUR Walmart members from across the United States came to the Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, Ark., and presented a Declaration of Respect to Walmart executive management. The Declaration calls on Walmart to publicly commit to:

    • Listen to us, the Associates
    • Have respect for the individual
    • Recognize freedom of association and freedom of speech
    • Fix the Open Door policy
    • Pay a minimum of $13/hour and make full-time jobs available for Associates who want them
    • Create dependable, predictable work schedules
    • Provide affordable healthcare
    • Provide every Associate with a policy manual, ensure equal enforcement of policy and no discrimination, and give every Associate equal opportunity to succeed and advance in his or her career
    • Provide wages and benefits that ensure that no Associate has to rely on government assistance.

    Adopting this Declaration will make Walmart a better company for Associates, customers and the communities in which it operates. As Sam Walton said, “Share your profits with all your Associates, and treat them as partners.”

  • Do You Know What Your Local Representative Is Voting For?

    Local 716 Member,

    Please inform yourself.   The attached "Score Card" is an amazing informational tool.  This record is your local representative's record on paper. Please take the time to read and be an informed voter!

  • Vote NO on WPO!!!

    Waterfront Protection Ordinance Threatens Local Jobs in South Portland!

    Get the Facts Before Election Day: Waterfront Workers Urge South Portland to Vote Against

    the WPO Referendum on November 5th.