There are several benefits to being a UA member part of Local 401. Here are some of the top reasons:
Local 401 members enjoy additional health and retirement benefits they would not have access to as independent contractors.
Access to Premium Job Sites
Becoming a member of Local 401 gives you access to work on high-paying union construction jobs all over town, and in other cities and provinces throughout Canada.
Substantially Improved Safety
Construction work has the second highest injury rate of any major industry. There is constant pressure to cut corners and work fast which increases hazards in the workplace. To counter these statistics, Local 401 members get more safety training and have outlets available to them that address common problems and make work sites safer. UA members are more likely to have access to proper equipment and are half as likely to have life threatening accidents during their work careers.
Training and Advancement Opportunities are in Your Control
Training is provided by your Local 401 contract at no cost to you. Apprentices get paid while learning basic skills, and advanced training lets journeyman upgrade their skills and keep up with technological changes.
Workplace Respect and Teamwork
When you are a UA member, Your skills and experience are understood and respected by employers. As a Local 401 member, you are a part of a team of industry specialists with reputations for problem solving. With our solid training and your experience, you have what you need to get the job done right, the first time!
Play a Vital Role in Building a Stronger Community... Your Community
When you replace low-wage and temporary jobs with good union jobs, you boost local economies, lift living standards, strengthen tax bases, and reduce the burden on taxpayers by lowering the number of unemployed and uninsured. Choosing to join Local 401 means that you are creating more quality jobs and building a more secure future for yourself and your community.
While rates vary from local to local and from region to region, Union Plumbers & Pipefitters on average make substantially more money per job site than non-union workers. Fair pay means less need for overtime, enabling you to have more time to spend with your friends and family.