We sometimes hear concerns about what it means to your business and your customers when you use UA-affiliated Plumbers or join our organization. Here we detail some of the most common questions, and address "The 4 Prevalent Myths":
MYTH 1 — Plumbers affiliated with the UA will strike
The philosophy of the UA's contractors is that striking is detrimental to our construction partners. Therefore, UA construction locals have a no strike clause in their collective bargaining agreements.
MYTH 2 — Affiliated Plumbers are more expensive
Fixing problems behind walls can quickly become much more expensive than initial installation costs. The use of U A signatory contractors will ensure that you are using highly skilled, thoroughly trained craftsmen. This will ensure that your plumbing and pipe fitting work is completed on time, at budget and will be done right the first time, saving you precious time and money.
MYTH 3 — Affiliated Plumbing/Pipefitting/HVAC Contractors are not efficient
More non-Affiliated plumbing companies close each year than mechanical companies affiliated with the UA. Many of the most successful businesses in the Maine area belong to the UA Companies affiliated with labor organizations have been an integral part or our society since the early 1800s and are still flourishing today due to their efficient workers and business practices.
MYTH 4 — Affiliated Plumbers only care about themselves
Many of the rights and benefits we enjoy as United States Citizens were initially fought for and won by organized and affiliated workers: Rights such as the 40 hour work week, overtime pay, and fair treatment of individuals based on race, religion, and gender. About a million workers have been killed on-the-job since the 1920's in the United States alone. Affiliated and organized workers have aided in the elimination of unfair practices in the workplace such as child labor and the institution of standardized safety precautions.