Our Mission for Albany and the Capitol Region
The Plumbers and Steamfitters of Albany, organized as UA Local 7, are extremely proud to be a productive member of the Capital District business community. Since our inception, we've taken an active role and will continue to play an ever bigger role as Albany continues to thrive as our capital of our great state of New York! We do it right the first time, so when Tech Valley hits the Capital Region to build new or expand existing facilities, they can count on the members of Local 7. The complicated gas installations are vital pieces to tool hook-ups at these plants. Along with equally important commodities such as steam systems, potable water systems, and comfort piping systems. These systems are necessary to support the facilities. Please register on this site and learn more about us!. Please contact us with your questions!
Edward Nadeau, Business Manager and Financial Secretary
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If you have at least 5 years HVACR experience and are interested in a carreer with Local 7 please send your resume via email to Tcarter@ualocal7.org, fax 518-785-9855, or mail to Local 7, Attn: Tim Carter, 18 Avis Drive, Latham, NY 12110
Local 7 Plumbers and Steamfitters Organizer Tim Carter and Business Agent Frank Natalie talk about the importance of local jobs for local people.
The United Association, Int'l has released its Standard for Excellence, a set of comprehensive prescriptions for UA member, local union, and project management performance aimed at top-flight performance and customer satisfaction.
The MCAA is engaged in discussions with the UA on initial steps for implementation of the policy, including adopting the measures in UA local governance and local area collective bargaining agreements.
More detailed discussion on the standard will follow after the initial publication and the publicity period is implemented. Most importantly UA Local 7 will adhere to these guidelines.
Standard for Excellence News
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Business Manager Ed Nadeau talks to YNN about the region's growing high-tech sector. See Additional Information below article to view the video.
By: Steve Ference
Last week we told you about one area where Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed state budget wouldn't cut funding, like New York's investment in nanotech business. Our Steve Ference got a behind-the-scenes tour of one such facility and shows the behind-the-scenes growth that high-tech leaders say is making such a big difference for so many people and our region.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- At UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, this is what shift-change looks like, only these people aren't making the computer chips, they're responsible for making sure all the complicated nanotechnology actually works.
"Ten years ago when they talked about Tech Valley, we thought, what is it. Boom. Here it is," said Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 7 Business Manager Ed Nadeau.
Nadeau took us on a tour below the floor with all the fancy high-tech machines we've all seen to a world of pipes and wires, what you might call the pulmonary system of nanoscience.
Nadeau said, "We actually invested $1.2 million in a new office and training center. We doubled the size of our training center and added a clean room in our training center."
It's behind the scenes work that bucks the national trend, while plumbers across the country have seen job cuts.
"In 1990 we were right around 900 members. In 2011 we're just shy of 1,100. Which is great," said Nadeau.
Here, it's taken mathematical and scientific skill upgrades to support the work at the college and at the GlobalFoundries chip fab in Malta.
Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Senior VP & CEO, said, "The training they have now, the competitive edge they provide the companies is not only a tool in attracting them here, but also for example the cost of building a clean room at GlobalFoundries is about 25 to 30 percent less than if they came into a new area without that type of skill to build those clean rooms and had to train that workforce from scratch."
"These are good paying jobs, these are jobs with benefits," Nadeau said. "Since 2000 to now, we've done a million man hours here both in construction and as a support staff for retooling the tools when they need it to $50 million in wages and benefits."
Because what's happening upstairs is all being supported by the work being done down here. And it's not just that, but take a look at this: PrecisionFlow Technologies. These are machines that are made down in the Hudson Valley which means all of this has a very big regional impact.
Nadeau says, "It is a global economy now and if we're not ready, we're going to be left behind." Then again, being left behind isn't always bad, as Local 7 member Dan Bliben said, "Normally we build buildings and then move on to the next construction project. Here, we stay for maintenance and the various projects that come up on a short-term basis."
Hundreds of workers, hundreds of jobs you may never see if you tour the nanotech facilities. But they're there, just below the surface of the region's growing high-tech sector.
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No other organization serves the training needs of the piping industry like the United Association. For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly-qualified workers in the United States and Canada.
Over the past several decades, the United Association's training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape.
No one can match the commitment or investment. The UA spends over $100 million annually on training programs efforts involving approximately 100,000 journeymen and apprentices in over 400 local training facilities at any given time.
If the United Association wanted to select the area which best reflects this commitment to the training and excellence produced, it could well look to Capital Region in New York State.
In addition to our five-year apprenticeship programs, UA Local 7 offers continuing education opportunity that includes journeymen training and certification, as well as an associate’s degree program.
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by Jim LaBate
I had a water leak in my basement recently. Naturally, I called a plumber. Fortunately, in my case, the plumber is my dad, Pete, and he said he'd drive down to take a look at my problem.
As I waited for him to arrive, I thought about my own incompetence regarding plumbing problems and about the general lack of appreciation for plumbers overall. Why do we typically underestimate the importance of plumbing? Why did we laugh when [then] Senator Obama and Senator McCain discussed Joe the Plumber's situation during their third debate in 2008?
Perhaps the laughter has to do with certain plumber stereotypes that have entered our culture throughout the years. In the 1986 movie "The Money Pit", the actor Carmine Caridi portrayed Brad Shirk, a boozing, money grubbing plumbing contractor who wanted his cash up front and yet took forever to get the job done.
Or we may remember plumber Ed Norton, played by Art Carney, from the old television show "The Honeymooners". Though Ed wasn't a plumber in the traditional sense, he did work in the sewer, and he often appeared in the show in his work clothes and carrying a plunger.
Finally, we may even remember the most famous "plumber" of all: Howard Hunt. Hunt was President Nixon's undercover operative whose job it was to "stop the leaks" in the Nixon administration.
None of these characters, however, is a typical plumber. Pete LaBate, not retired at age 83, was a typical plumber. He worked for almost 40 years as a plumber to support his wife and their six children in Amsterdam. But plumbing was never his goal; he really wanted to go to school for photography. After returning from a tour in the Navy during World War II, however, he delivered furniture for a while before he decided he could earn more money as a plumber. He worked for a private company for many years and later became a member of Local 105 in Schenectady.
During those early years, Pete spent his days in private homes fixing plugged toilets, leaky pipes, and failed water heaters. Though he was never embarrassed by the work, he didn't always enjoy crawling through wet, dirty basements and crawl spaces; consequently, he and my mother made it possible for all of their children to receive college degrees.
Fortunately, Pete's working conditions improved when he joined the union. Instead of residential basements, the Union work took him to construction sites where he installed new plumbing fixtures. Some of those jobs, however, took him away from his family, and he was home only on the weekends.
In addition, Pete's plumbing work never really ended. With seven brothers and three sisters, with my mother's five siblings, and with numerous friends and neighbors throughout the city, he was-like a doctor-always on call. The callers usually had too much water or too little water or no hot water, so Pete felt obliged to help. I know, because I accompanied him on many of these house calls; like a surgeon's assistant, I handed him tools and cleaned up afterward.
Obviously, too, Pete is still on call. When he arrived at my house, he diagnosed the leaky valve quickly, took it apart, inserted a new washer, and then, he took me out to lunch and insisted on paying. Unbelievable.
The whole experience made me realize why plumbers are unappreciated. We take their work for granted. After all, most of the time, our water systems work the way they're supposed to, and if something does malfunction, our plumbers come to the rescue. Wouldn't it be nice if our elected officials were as efficient and as responsive?
Copyright c 2008 by Jim LaBate. Originally published in the Albany Times Union on November 2, 2008