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UA Local 131
March 29, 2020
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  • UA Local 131

    The United Association dates back to the year 1889. Since then, no other organization has served the training needs of the piping industry like the United Association. For over a century, the UA has been training the most highly-qualified workers in the United States and Canada. Over the past several decades, the United Association's training programs have produced a stable, skilled workforce responsible for building and maintaining piping systems in the various industrial and residential facilities that make up the North American landscape. For more information about the United Association's past and present history of quality,  visit the United Association site at: http://www.ua.org/.

    The United Association has put together a comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Center which is available online by clicking on COVID-19 Resource Center banner at www.ua.org . You can also reach the resource center directly at: COVID-19-Resource-Center-Page. We will provide updates on this site as information becomes available.

    Fraternally,

    Mark McManus

    United Association

    General President

    Letter from Business Manager David Pelletier

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

    In these uncertain times, I wanted to reach out to you about the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Protecting the health and safety of our members and their families is of the utmost importance to us.

    Effective Monday March 16th the JATC has suspended all classes for 3 weeks. This action is precautionary and at this time we have no indication of anyone having come to school that is affected by the COVID-19 virus. We recently received word from the UA office that officers and staff at the UA will be working remotely with reduced staff on site. The UA has cancelled a number of meetings and events including the UA Apprentice Completion for 2020. The UA has recommended all locals suspend union meetings, conferences, conventions and apprentice school for the months of March, April and May. At this point in time we are canceling the April meeting and will reassess concerning the May meeting. We will monitor the situation and make a decision on future school cancelations as the time comes.

    We have been in contact with our contractors and they are all taking precautions to keep everyone healthy. Remember if you are sick or have any symptoms it is in everyone’s best interest for you to stay home.

    In light of the recent developments, I would encourage you to add the following link to your web browser’s bookmarks: www.cpwr.com/covid-19. You will find additional links with more information on COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OSHA and NIOSH. The CDC recommends some everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including influenza and COVID-19.

    • Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% -95% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
    • Don’t shake hands when greeting others.
    • Stay at home if you are sick.
    • Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers.

      Following these preventive actions outlined by the CDC, as well as limiting your exposure to sick individuals, will help safeguard your health and the health of your family.

    Lastly I wanted to make everyone aware that the Governor has signed an emergency order to allow anyone who has to miss work either through a layoff, COVID-19 quarantine or to care for a sick family member the ability to collect unemployment. The order also waives the waiting week for wages. The employment security office is encouraging people to file online or by phone.

    We will continue to staff the office, however we ask that you limit your trips to the hall and utilize the on-line dues payment portal, the outside drop box or US mail for dues payments.  Receipts will be returned through the mail.

    Fraternally,

    David Pelletier

    Business Manager

    UA Local 131


    Monthly Union Meetings:   

    In response to the current corona virus situation and under the advisement of the United Association and the CDC, we are cancelling the April 2020 union meeting.   We will be monitoring the circumstances and keep you advised of any future changes or cancellations.

    As noted in the previous letter, the union office will remain staffed, but we request that members limit visits.  Membership dues can be paid here on the website, by check through the mail, or dropped in the drop-box outside the main door to the building.  Receipts will be returned by mail.

    Monthly Retirees Meetings:  

    In response to the current corona virus situation and under the advisement of the CDC, we are cancelling the April 2020 retirees meeting.   There will also be no April newsletter

    We will be monitoring the circumstances and keep you advised of any future changes or cancellations.

    Take care and be safe.


    MEMBER NEWS  

      CONGRATULATIONS  
     
     ANNOUNCEMENTS   

      OTHER NEWS  

    Brother Dwight Russell passed away unexpectedly January 6, 2020. 

    CLICK HERE to view obituary and service details.


    Retired Brother Al Mayranen passed away at his home Sunday evening, January 12, 2020. 

    Services will be handled by Peaslee Funeral Home in Farmington NH.

    Click Here for their website.  We will post more information when it becomes available.


    Retired Brother Myles Shea passed away Feb 4, 2020 after a period of declining health.

    CLICK HERE to view obituary and service details.


    Retired Brother Earl Adams Jr. passed away Feb 15, 2020 after a period of declining health.

    CLICK HERE to view obituary and service details.


    Retired Brother Harry Smith passed away quietly March 19, 2020.  There will be no services.

    Quote Brother Smith's son, Robert:

    • “We will not be writing an obituary and are not requesting any memorial donations or flowers. My Dad was a simple man and had a great life.”

    Seminar Schedule

    AT THE UNION HALL in Hooksett NH


    Plumbing Seminars 2020

    Wednesday January 22       6:00pm – 9:00pm

     Wednesday April  01            CANCELLED

       Wednesday July 01       6:00pm – 9:00pm

    Wednesday October 07       6:00pm – 9:00pm


    Gas Fitting Seminars 2020

     Wednesday February 05       6:00pm – 9:00pm

     Wednesday May 06       6:00pm – 9:00pm

       Wednesday August 05       6:00pm – 9:00pm

           Wednesday November 04       6:00pm – 9:00pm

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    Cost

    Members - Free           Non-members  -  $75.00

    Attendees of all seminars are expected to bring a
    Plumbing or Gas Fitting Code Book with them. 
    Books will not be provided at the seminars.
    (Current Code Books are 2015 Edition)

    NOTICE

    Plumbing seminars provided by
    Professional Plumbing Seminars are NO LONGER FREE
    to Local Union 131 members.

    For PPS schedule , please visit their website:

    http://ppsclasses.net/

    or call:

    Richard Zannini (603) 929-7459
     Jack Vaillancourt (603) 785-0221

    NOW AVAILABLE

    ON-LINE OSHA10 Course

    CareerSafeOnLine.com

    ONLY $25.00


    UA Educational Opportunities

     Course Registration: 

    (On-Line/UA Training Centers)

    Log into www.UANET.org

    • Click on UA Training at top of page
    • Click on UA Course registration
    • Scroll through complete course listings
    • Click on course name for more information

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    UA College On Demand: 

    (On-line college courses through Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI)

    Please Note:  Completion of “Introductory to Blackboard” course is a prerequisite!

    Log into www.UANET.org

    • Click on UA Training at top of page
    • Click on UA University
    • Click on College on Demand (COD) right hand side of page
    • Click on Construction Supervision (UAS) classes
    • Click on registration request for Construction Supervision
    • Follow the prompts!


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