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About

Our Mission

United Association Local 355 Underground Utility and Landscape Irrigation’s objective is to represent all workers in the plumbing and pipefitting industry covering underground utility and landscape irrigation and to work together as partners with our contractors to provide the highest standards of quality workmanship with highly skilled and dedicated Journeyman in the Northern California and Northern Nevada jurisdictions.

Our History

Chartered on April 1, 1989 in Burlingame, CA, the UA Local 355 was created through a consolidation of the Northern California Plumber/Pipefitter Locals who were serving the Underground Utility and Landscape Irrigations Industries at that time. These Locals saw a need to consolidate these two trades to better serve the workers and contractors based on the success that the UA Local 345 had in Southern California serving these two industries.

We are affiliated with the United Association of Journeyman and Apprentice of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

We currently are affiliated with over 10 Building Trades Councils throughout the Northern California.

A plan was put in place and included UA Local 343 of Vallejo, Mike Beavers, former Business Manager of Local 343, Rodney Cameron, and Dennis Soares who became UA Local 355’s first Business Manager. Dennis Soares proudly served as UA Local 355’s Business Manager and UA Local 355 JATC’s Coordinator from time of charter in 1989 until May 2013 when he retired. Now the legacy continues as Miguel Iniguez serves as Business Manager. Miguel is a long-time member who has also served as President, Business Agent, Organizer and JATC Instructor.

The work local 355 performs is Underground Utility and Landscape Irrigation including construction and residential work and public and private work. We also perform work on pre-fab playground equipments, swimming pools, and water-features.

UA Local 355 is very excited to better serve it’s membership and signatories. UA Local 355 proudly serves 41 counties in Northern California and 14 counties in Northern Nevada. We are very proud of our membership and our work. Our motto, “We Do It Right the First Time”, shows our integrity and determination to not only do our best, but with expertise. We strive to improve our members’ skills and excellence through our training program.

Our Pension plans are operated by the UA Local 343/355 Pension Plan. Our Health & Welfare Trust Fund is operated by Zenith American Administrator.

Our Business Office is located in Vallejo, CA.

Our motto, “We Do It Right the First Time”, shows our integrity and determination to not only do our best, but with expertise. We strive to improve our members’ skills and excellence through our training program.
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Standard for Excellence

MCAA/MSCA, PFI, MCPWB, PCA, UAC, and NFSA and their signatory contractors have the responsibility to manage their jobs effectively, and as such have the following responsibilities under the UA Standard for Excellence.

  • Replace and return to the referral hall ineffective superintendents, general foreman, foremen, journeyworkers and apprentices
  • Provide worker recognition for a job well done
  • Ensure that all necessary tools and equipment are readily available to employees
  • Minimize workers’ downtime by ensuring blueprints, specifications, job layout instructions and material are readily available in a timely manner
  • Provide proper storage for contractor and employee tools Provide the necessary leadership and problem­solving skills to the jobsite supervision
  • Ensure jobsite leadership takes the necessary ownership of mistakes created by management decisions
  • Encourage employees, but if necessary, be fair and consistent with discipline
  • Create and maintain a safe work environment by providing site specific training, proper equipment and following occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Promote and support continued education and training for employees while encouraging career building skills
  • Employ an adequate number of properly trained employees to efficiently perform the work in a safe manner, while limiting the number of employees to the work at hand, thereby providing the customer with a key performance indicator of the value of the UA Standard for Excellence
  • Treat all employees in a respectful and dignified manner, acknowledging their contributions to a successful project
  • Cooperate and communicate with the job steward

Our motto, “We Do It Right the First Time”, shows our integrity and determination to not only do our best, but with expertise. We strive to improve our members’ skills and excellence through our training program.
Questions?
Your questions and inquiries are important to us

Standard for Excellence

MTo ensure the UA Standard for Excellence platform meets and maintains its goals, the Local Union Business Manager, in partnership with his implementation team, including shop stewards and the local membership, shall ensure all members:

  • Replace and return to the referral hall ineffective superintendents, general foreman, foremen, journeyworkers and apprentices
  • Meet their responsibilities to the employer and their fellow workers by arriving on the job ready to work, every day on time (Absenteeism and tardiness will not be tolerated.)
  • Adhere to the contractual starting and quitting times, including lunch and break periods (Personal cell phones will not be used during the workday with the exception of lunch and break periods.)
  • Meet their responsibility as highly skilled craftsworkers by providing the required tools as stipulated under the local Collective Bargaining Agreement while respecting those tools and equipment supplied by the employer.
  • Use and promote the local union and international training and certification systems to the membership so they may continue on the road of lifelong learning, thus ensuring UA craftworkers are the most highly trained and sought after workers.
  • Meet their responsibility to be fit for duty, ensuring a zero tolerance policy for substance abuse is strictly met.
  • Be productive and keep inactive time to a minimum.
  • Meet their contractual responsibility to eliminate disruptions on the job and safely work towards the on­time completion of the project in an auspicious manner.
  • Respect the customer’s property (Waste and property destruction, such as graffiti, will not be tolerated.)
  • Respect the UA, the customer, client and contractor by dressing in a manner appropriate for our highly skilled and professional craft (Offensive words and symbols on clothing and buttons are not acceptable.)
  • Respect and obey employer and customer rules and policies.
  • Follow safe, reasonable and legitimate management directives

Our motto, “We Do It Right the First Time”, shows our integrity and determination to not only do our best, but with expertise. We strive to improve our members’ skills and excellence through our training program.
Questions?
Your questions and inquiries are important to us