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Lehigh Valley Building Trades: Community, Professionalism & Quality Craftsmanship

 

Meet the Members

Jim Reilly, President

Pat Jordan, Secretary-Treasurer

Boilermakers Local 13

Boilermakers and boilermaker mechanics make, install, and repair boilers, vats, and other large vessels that hold liquids and gases. However, the union also represents workers in many other trades, including blacksmiths, forgers, ship builders, cement workers, stove workers, metal polishers, and even some emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Local 13 services 42 counties in Eastern Pennsylvania and one county in Delaware.

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Bricklayers, Tilesetters & Cement Masons Local 5

When you think of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, you instantly think of brick and stone. Members of Local 5 actually cover all aspects of the trowel trades, including tile, terrazzo, pointing, cleaning, caulking, plastering, and concrete work. Local 5’s jurisdiction consists of 33 counties in Pennsylvania and is divided into seven separate chapters. In the Lehigh Valley, the Nazareth chapter encompasses Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe and Carbon Counties.

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Carpenters Local 600

The skilled members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters touch every aspect of a construction project. They are frequently the first on the job when they set up the construction trailers, and they are often the last to leave after installing the locks and handing the keys to the owners. In between, they help build the road to the new building. They install and maintain the equipment that powers it. They put up the walls and ceilings and put down the flooring. The union represents one trade with many crafts. Our members have vastly different skill sets, but they share the pride and commitment to excellence that comes with being part of the Brotherhood.

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Cement Masons & Plasterers Local 592

Local 592 has jurisdiction in eastern Pennsylvania and represents cement masons, plasterers and shophands. Exterior plastering includes cement, stucco and imitation stone products affixed to buildings and interior plastering includes drywall taping and pointing. Cement masons work with all types of concrete construction. Local 592 has 1,200 members, many of whom are forepersons and supervisors for contractors.

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Electricians IBEW Local 102

IBEW Local 102 Has 3600 members trained in all classifications of electrical work: Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Power Distribution, Photovoltaic and Telecommunications. The geographical jurisdiction covers portions of 4 counties in PA (Bucks, Northampton, Monroe and Pike) and 7 counties in NJ (Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren in their entirety, portions of Hunderton and Somerset).

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Electricians IBEW Local 375

IBEW Local 375 members are experts in lighting, power, residential, security, automation, instrumentation, and telecommunications. Apprentices are trained in all facets of electrical work – from traditional skills in a residential setting to the most advanced and complex skills needed in the ever-changing technology industry. Local 375 was chartered by IBEW International in 1914 and has been in the Lehigh Valley ever since. The Local has 900 members and has jurisdiction over all of Lehigh and Carbon Counties, as well as portions of Berks, Bucks, Montgomery and Northampton Counties.

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Elevator Constructors Local 84

Members of Local 84 construct, maintain and repair elevators. The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC), like many of the building trades unions, came at the dawn of the modern technological revolution, which had as a first symbol the “skyscraper.” Technology created the need, and members of the IUEC filled that need, becoming the most qualified and trained constructors of elevators in the world. Local 84 has jurisdiction over all counties in the Lehigh Valley and more than two dozen other counties in eastern Pennsylvania.

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Glaziers, Architectural Metal Workers Local 252 DC 21

Glaziers are an integral part of every construction project. The glaziers trade emerged from the Painters Union, where workers were needed to install glass panes into wood or steel sash windows prior to painting. Today, glaziers perform many other functions having to do with glass or architectural metal. The Glaziers Union is still affiliated with the Painters, Wallcoverers, and Drywall Finishers Unions as part of District Council 21.

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Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 23

The work of the insulator journeyman today covers industrial, commercial and cryogenics. Insulators work with a wide variety of materials, such as fiberglass, cork, calcium silicate, foamglass, expanded silicate, Styrofoam, extruded foam plastics and spray insulations. In addition to the various forms of insulation, the insulator will work with protective jacketing consisting of PVC, fiberglass cloth, canvas, aluminum and rubber waterproofing membranes.

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Ironworkers Local 36

There are five main categories of Ironworkers: Structural, Reinforcing, Ornamental, Rigging, and Welding. Structural Ironworkers work on the construction of industrial, commercial, and large residential buildings, as well as on towers, bridges, stadiums and prefabricated metal buildings. They also erect and install pre-cast beams, columns and panels. Ironworkers also work on architectural and structural precast, amusement equipment and rides, bank vaults and doors, canopies, conveyors, doors – metal and roll-up, offshore drilling platforms, geodesic domes, detention facilities (jail cells), metal buildings, overhead cranes, plant maintenance and towers.

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Laborers Local 1174

The union laborer has the role of support to other trades and responsibility to perform work in utility, heavy/highway, general building and environmental areas of construction. Laborers do various construction jobs, including pouring concrete, tending masons, demolition work, and a host of vital support tasks on construction sites throughout the Lehigh Valley.

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Millwrights Local 1906

Members of this union install and maintain machinery and offer expertise in all areas of machinery installation, repair, and maintenance. In construction, millwright work can involve installation, maintenance, retrofit, and removal of conveyor systems and most machines found in factories. Millwrights also work in power generating plants assembling or disassembling electrical turbines and generators. Most of the precision work in nuclear plants is also done by millwrights.

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Operating Engineers Local 542

Local 542 has represented the interests of working men and women of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware since 1935. Local 542 is a blend of heavy equipment operators in the building and construction industry, along with our C & D-Branch Division members who are employed at quarries, landfills, equipment dealers, shipyards, breweries, manufacturing, airports, bridges, and public works.

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Painters Local 1269 DC 21

Members of Local 1269 work in the finishing trades as painters, drywall finishers, wallcoverers, glaziers, glass workers, floor covering installers, sign makers, display workers, and convention and show decorators. The Local has members in Berks, Carbon, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties and is also affiliated with District Council 21.

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Plumbers Local 690

Local 690 has over 2,200 workers providing ten counties in Pennsylvania with safe gas, water and drainage systems. This Local is affiliated with the United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (also called the “United Association”).

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Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669

Sprinkler Fitters travel state to state in order to install and maintain sprinkler and fire protection equipment, which is why the union is called the “Road Sprinkler Fitters”. While in the early 1900s sprinkler and fire protection systems were only installed in large industrial projects, today it is common to see systems being installed in residences. This Local is affiliated with the United Association.

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Roofers & Waterproofers Local 30

Local 30 members do shingle and commercial roofing and all types of waterproofing. Over the years, their territorial jurisdiction has expanded from the Philadelphia area to include over half the counties in Pennsylvania, including the Lehigh Valley, as well as the southern half of New Jersey, the state of Delaware, and parts of Maryland and northern Virginia. The union has approximately 1,500 members.

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Sheet Metal Workers Local 19

Local 19 members are trained to meet a broad range of demands in pre-construction planning, value engineering, metal roofing, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) fabrication and installation, and more. Their members handle everything from air delivery systems in a typical office environment, to laminar flow required in hospital operating rooms, to a class 10 clean room for the production of microchips. They also ensure proper indoor air quality for buildings.

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Steamfitters Local 420

Local 420 represents 4,400 members in eight counties in Pennsylvania, including Lehigh and Northampton Counties. These members work on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems (HVAC&R). Local Union 420 has jurisdiction over all or parts of ten counties in southeastern Pennsylvania for the installation and service of mechanical systems, and they service the entire state for gas pipeline distribution.

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Teamsters Local 773

While the Teamsters Union was originally organized by freight drivers and warehouse workers, the Union now has workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, public sector and private sector. Local 773 represents about 4,300 workers in and around the Lehigh Valley at about 110 different employers.

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Lehigh Valley Building Trades: Community, Professionalism & Quality Craftsmanship

 

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