United Association Holds National Signing Day with Greater Michigan PMC & UA Local 190 Contractors

The Greater Michigan area was tremendously honored when UA General President Martin Maddaloni was the special speaker at the National Signing Day held in Ann Arbor during the recent UA Instructor Training Program. Under the direction of General President Maddaloni and working with International Representative Don House, the Director for the new HVACR Service and Residential Department, Special Representative Gary Hamilton is leading the efforts of the UA to recapture its share of the residential market.

The collective bargaining agreement between UA Local 190 and the Greater Michigan Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association has for the past twenty years, had provisions for Residential Work. The Residential Agreement was drastically overhauled in the late 80's to provide contractors with greater flexibility as they hired residential workers. This greatly increased the number of homes that our contractors were able to cover. UA Local 190's current Business Manager Ron House continued the creation of programs to assist with securing this marketplace as he worked with PMC President Sandra Miller and our Residential Committee to organize a new Residential Training Program.

UA President Maddaloni spoke of the UA placing a strong emphasis on obtaining more of the residential marketplace. He noted that this will greatly increase the tools that our contractors have to obtain work in this field. Gary Hamilton, UA Representative for Residential emphasized that with the UA National Residential Agreement, our contractors and workers will be able to travel across Michigan.

This will increase the work of the UA Member. The commitment of the new UA HVACR Service and Residential Department was emphasized by its' Director, International Representative Don House.

Utilizing the UA's format, the Association and UA 190 will be jointly sponsoring a Homeowner Protection Program. Along with these two positive additions, UA 190 has added an Organizer to their staff specifically for the residential and service trades.

Other speakers at the meeting included Ron House and Sandra Miller along with UA 190's Training Director Scott Klapper, Residential Organizer John Calvert and local Builder, Henry Landau, H. S. Landau, Inc.