paparazzi: United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, and Service Technicians signs affiliation agreement with Australian plumbers union
The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, and Service Technicians signed an affiliation agreement with the Plumbers Trade Employees Association of Australia Aug. 15 during the UA North America annual training session, held at Washtenaw Community College.
Dean Battaglia - UA Photographer
The two unions are both members of the World Plumbing Council and have been collaborating unofficially for about six years. As part of the merger, Australian instructors will arrive in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti every year to both learn and teach at the UA’s annual week-long training seminar.
Ben Freed | AnnArbor.com file photo
The partnership will also mean workers' certifications will allow them to find work in either country, as well as in Canada, which is already part of the UA. The new affiliation will open a growing market in Australia to the North American workforce, Hite said.
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