United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Local 496 fonds
12.4 m of textual records
The United Association of Journeymen Plumbers, Gas Fitters, Steam Fitters and Steam Fitters Helpers of the United States and Canada was established in the USA in 1889. Its most recent change of name was in 1947, when it became the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. It is also known by the short form name United Association, or more informally, the Plumbers' Union. The objectives of the union are to maintain job security for its members, increase wages, improve working conditions, assist members in adapting to technological change, and maintain a high level of craftsmanship in the pipe trades. Local Union 496 was organized by Jack Priestley and chartered in 1904 in Calgary, Alberta. As the economy of southern Alberta became increasingly industrialized, the Local Union assumed jurisdiction over plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, sprinkler fitters, pipeline welders, instrument mechanics, and non-destructive testing technicians working in building construction and maintenance, pipelines, refineries, gas plants, and other industrial installations. Local Union 496 was the first local union in western Canada to establish its own pension and health and welfare plans, and it also established the Piping Industry Training School to develop skills in the pipe trades. In 1967 the local union organized pipe trades workers in the Medicine Hat area. In 1977 it amalgamated with Local Union 780 (Lethbridge), and in 1980 it amalgamated with Local Union 826 (Red Deer).
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of bylaws, minutes, correspondence, membership records, financial records, and agreements. Includes records of Local Union 780, Local Union 826, the Joint Training Committee, Piping Industry Training School, Calgary District Pipe Trades Pension and Health and Welfare Funds, and Quality Control Council of Canada.
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, Local Union 496, 1984-2000.
The material is in English.
Access to some membership files is restricted until 2057 in order to protect the privacy of individual members. Access to these files is limited to bona fide representatives of Local Union 496 and to the members concerned or their descendants.
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M 6792, PA 3580, RCT 942