Legal Representation for United Association (UA) Members

UA Members, image of pipeliner welding a pipe in groundThe United Association (UA) is a notable labor union that represents skilled tradespeople across North America, specializing in the fields of plumbing, pipefitting, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration), and related industries.

With a history dating back to its formation in 1889, the UA has a longstanding legacy of advocating for the rights and welfare of its members. The union’s primary objective is to promote the professional growth, safety, and well-being of its members while fostering industry standards and cooperation.

The UA’s origins can be traced to the merger of two pre-existing unions: the Plumbers National Protective Association and the United Association of Journeymen Steam Fitters. This amalgamation laid the foundation for a unified force that could effectively address the concerns of workers in the rapidly evolving plumbing and pipefitting industries. Over the years, the UA expanded its scope to encompass other trades related to mechanical systems, such as HVACR technicians.

Throughout its history, members have been instrumental in setting high training and safety standards for its members. The union established training programs to ensure that its members are equipped with the necessary skills to excel in their fields, leading to the UA being recognized as a leader in apprenticeship and skills development. Additionally, the UA has been actively involved in advocating for fair wages, improved working conditions, and industry advancements.

An experienced attorney can be of great use to UA members, particularly following a workplace injury, wrongful termination, civil rights violations, and other employment issues that may arise. At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have the skills and expertise to provide the best legal representation to UA members for all employment or union-related issue.

Types of Work Done By UA Members

Members of the United Association (UA) have specialized skills that help keep the city’s infrastructure intact and allow our systems to run smoothly. The work these union members do includes:

  • HVACR Service Technicians
  • Metal Trades
  • Pipefitters
  • Pipeliners
  • Plumbers
  • Sprinkler Fitters
  • Steamfitters
  • Welders

These are challenging trades that are imperative to our society. Workers deserve a safe, fair, and rewarding work environment.

Issues UA Members Face

UA members may encounter a variety of issues where legal assistance can play a crucial role in safeguarding their rights and interests. These issues often necessitate the expertise of an employment lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law. Some, but not all, of the ways our attorneys can assist UA members include the following.

Workers Compensation

Workplace injuries can occur in nearly any profession. Injured union workers are likely eligible to file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, this process can be strenuous for those recovering from an injury. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can assist members with filing their claims, maximizing their compensation, and fighting any issues or disputes of an application.

Contract Negotiations and Enforcement

Labor lawyers can be instrumental in negotiating and drafting employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, and other legal documents that outline workers’ rights, wages, benefits, and working conditions. They help ensure that contracts are fair, equitable, and compliant with relevant labor laws. In case of contract violations, lawyers can help members pursue legal remedies to enforce their contractual rights.

Wage and Overtime Disputes

Lawyers can assist United Association members facing wage and hour disputes, including issues related to unpaid wagesovertime pay, minimum wage violations, and misclassification as exempt employees. They can help workers recover unpaid wages and ensure that they receive fair compensation for their work.

Discrimination and Harassment Claims

When UA members experience discrimination or harassment based on factors such as race, gender, age, or disability, lawyers can guide them through the process of filing complaints with appropriate agencies and pursuing legal action against employers who engage in such unlawful behavior.

Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, and Whistleblower Protections

If UA  members are wrongfully terminated without just cause or in violation of employment contracts, lawyers can help them explore legal avenues for seeking reinstatement, back pay, and other forms of compensation. If members of this labor union face adverse actions from employers in response to their union involvement or other protected activities, lawyers can help them file retaliation claims and seek damages.

Members who uncover instances of employer misconduct or illegal activities can rely on legal protection as whistleblowers. Lawyers can guide how to report such instances, maintain job security, and seek legal remedies if retaliation occurs.

Union Lawyer for UA Members in Illinois

The United Association is a large organization that is divided into several local unions across the country. Illinois is serviced by the following local chapters of UA:

  • Local 281 – Chicago, IL
  • Local 101 – Belleville, IL
  • Local 99 – Bloomington, IL
  • Local 439 – East St Louis, IL
  • Local 653 – Centralia, IL
  • Local 130 – Chicago, IL
  • Local 597 – Chicago, IL
  • Local 360 – East St Louis, IL
  • Local 63 – Peoria, IL
  • Local 553 – Alton, IL
  • Local 160 – Carbondale, IL
  • Local 353 – Peoria, IL
  • Local 25 – Rock Island, IL
  • Local 23 – Rockford, IL
  • Local 149 – Champaign, IL
  • Local 137 – Springfield, IL
  • Local 551 – Herrin, IL

At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we know how important it is for UA union members to have legal support when issues arise at work such as accidents, injuries, and contract negotiations. Whatever the case, you should not have to go it alone. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for a FREE consultation to discuss your situation.