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White house identifies plumbers as essential critical infrastructure workers in guidance for response to covid-19

The president and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a Coronavirus Guidance for America, identifying plumbers and other tradespeople as “essential critical infrastructure workers” as the nation responds to the threat of COVID-19. continue reading

5 Things to Look for When Hiring an HVAC Company

When you need service for your building’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, it’s always a good idea to get the help of a company that specializes in HVAC services for commercial buildings. An HVAC contractor has the expertise to install, repair, and maintain your system, meaning they can ensure your unit is operating … Continued

The Importance of Sprinkler Fitters

Between the start of a fire and when firefighters arrive on the scene, enough time will have passed for people’s lives to be put in danger and for property to be damaged. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it only takes two minutes for a fire to become deadly and five minutes for … Continued

The Importance of Welders and Their Impact on Society

The truth is that the welding industry is not for everyone. It’s a difficult and physically demanding job. But it’s also a job that’s rewarding and one that professional welders take pride in—for good reason. Welding is essential to a wide variety of products and infrastructures, and it plays a rather important role in various … Continued

The Importance of HVAC Techs

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is responsible for keeping the ambient temperature within your building nice and comfortable. Without these machines, it would be difficult to remain warm during the winter and cool during the summer. But an HVAC system isn’t something that magically appears when you want it; it’s a system … Continued

The Importance of Plumbers

Plumbing is something that is easy to take for granted. It’s one of those matters where you don’t notice how much of a role it plays in your daily life until it stops working or something goes wrong. The fact that we can simply walk up to a faucet and expect hot water to come … Continued

The Importance of Pipe Fitters

A pipe fitter is a specialized plumber who installs, maintains, and repairs pipes on big jobs in an industrial setting. This is a simplified pipe fitter job description, but it tells you everything you need to know. It’s a job that’s constantly in high demand—and with good reason. Pipe fitting is an important, impactful, and … Continued

What Does It Take to Start a Career in Welding?

Does working with your hands sound exciting? If the answer is yes, you may be interested in pursuing a career in welding. Welding offers plenty of opportunities for professional growth, career advancement, and—depending on the type of job you get—travel. You’ll also have the freedom to work in a variety of industries, including construction, automotive, … Continued

The Path to Advancement as an HVAC-R Technician

Achieving suitable indoor air quality wouldn’t be possible without an HVAC system. However, we often don’t think about just how important our HVAC is to our comfort until it’s no longer working. HVAC-R technicians are needed to not only keep these machines running, but also running efficiently.  As there’s always a need for HVAC services, … Continued

How to Get a Career as a Union Pipefitter

Just the idea of sitting in a cubicle for eight hours a day, five days a week is enough to send shivers down some people’s spine. If this sounds like you, then you’re likely the kind of person who likes moving around and working with your hands performing physical tasks. If that’s the case, then … Continued

How to Get a Career in Plumbing

Becoming a licensed plumber can open the door to many pathways to success. Not only that, but it can also offer plenty of benefits as well, such as having the freedom to be your own boss and set your own schedule. However, the road to becoming a plumber can differ from state to state and … Continued

Work With Your Hands

Humans Started Out Working With Their Hands People are expressive beings. Whether we do this through art or words, or through the work we do every day, people’s personalities come out through the things they do. It’s easy to see how an artist does this with paints on a canvas, but it’s no small secret … Continued

Skilled Trades: An Alternative to College

These days, we seem to think a college graduate is the right goal to make for all kids. High school education is geared toward preparing students to succeed at four-year colleges. Part of this is because high schools base their worth and prestige on the number of students they send to four-year universities. This may … Continued

Post Union Life

Labor unions exist to provide skilled tradespeople with training, proper working conditions, and representation. One of the hard-fought benefits provided is reliable retirement plans for workers who have given a life of loyal service. Few Americans have enough to live on once they retire, and while this isn’t by design, it is partially due to … Continued

Earn While You Learn

If you’re interested in pursuing a skilled trade, you are someone who is skilled using their hands to create and repair. So much of what workers in these industries do is tied to physical ability that oftentimes the best way to learn how to do them is to simply do them.  Earn as You Learn … Continued

How Unions Help All Workers

Labor unions are organizations created by workers for the purpose of negotiating with employers. These organizations work by uniting workers and using their collective presence to create bargaining power. Unions play a major role not only in procuring higher wages, but also securing better benefits and safer working conditions. Although unions are run by union … Continued

Not All Unions are Created Equal

Most people believe private and public sector unions are essentially the same. However, this assumption is incorrect. Given that their methods for achieving results are fundamentally similar, it’s easy to understand why this is a common misconception. This article will explore how the two differ. Public Sector vs. Private Sector The key purpose of a … Continued

Unions Take Care of Loved Ones

To put it simply, when workers come together to form a labor union, they have the power to make things better for themselves. Through collective bargaining agreements, unionized workers can negotiate changes that can improve workplace conditions. These changes may take the form of higher pay, more flexible work hours, and better benefits. However, unions … Continued

Unions: The Difference in Pay is Made Up In Benefits

Downsizing, part timing, contracting, and sending jobs overseas are becoming trends in the business world. These trends are all a part of a conscious effort to lower salaries and shed the responsibility of providing employees with the benefits they need. Unions were developed as a countermeasure to ensure worker’s rights and secure the benefits they … Continued

How Have Apprenticeships Changed?

The landscape of union apprenticeships are constantly changing. We’ve identified some of the biggest trends in apprentice training that have been reformed.