Form a Union

Looking for a brighter future? The Boilermakers Union can help.

All workers deserve to have a voice on the job, to be treated fairly, to work safely, to take pride in what they do, and to have an opportunity to improve their skills and value. The Boilermakers union represents workers in a wide variety of industries and workplaces--from heavy construction to mills to manufacturing, shipyards, railroads and beyond. Our members maintain power plants, build ships, mill talc, and make products like golf balls, caskets, boat trailers and high-end stoves, among many other things (see Boilermaker-made products). Learn more about forming a union in your workplace.

We are some of the best welders in the world. We ship everything out in record time.

Brent Roat, Local 158

You deserve
RESPECT for your craft

Every worker deserves respect. Through membership in the Boilermakers, you can gain that respect by becoming one of a group of employees who take pride in their work and use their collective voices for positive change in the workplace. Being in a union puts employees on a more even playing field with the employer, giving you the respect you deserve.

Between my training and the apprenticeships, you’re taught to be a craftsman. If you weren’t a craftsman, that’s how accidents happen.

Jim Fluey, Local 647

You deserve
SAFETY in your workplace

Through collective action, training and contracts with the company, unions promote safe working conditions for everyone in the workplace. Boilermakers have a dedicated safety representative who can be called to deal with any unsafe situation, and OSHA can be alerted to conduct safety investigations when needed.

I take pride in what I do. I am very proud to be a Boilermaker.

Arnold Palmer, Local 1978

You deserve
PRIDE in your work

Boilermakers are skilled tradesmen and women whose talent is needed in today’s economy. They take pride in perfecting their craft. Members support one another and give back to the community. Being a Boilermaker isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life.

I got a union steward to come out and represent me, because I felt like I was being mistreated, and I was able to transfer into welding.

Erica Stewart, Local 693

You deserve
FAIR treatment

Union representation helps ensure you’re treated fairly on the job. Backed by negotiated contract, union workers are protected by a grievance procedure designed to enforce the contract and stop the employer from violating labor laws.

The union has provided me and my family with a living wage. We were able to purchase a home here in San Diego, where it's really expensive. Without the union, we wouldn't be able to do it.

Robert Navarro, Local 1998

You deserve
OPPORTUNITY for advancement

Opportunity in your job isn’t just about better wages and benefits, it’s also about having a say in shaping your future. The Boilermakers union works with employees to negotiate contracts that can increase a worker’s power through collective action. By opening a dialogue with their employer, workers have the opportunity to ask for what they want, such as employer-provided training and a path to higher-skilled jobs.

Any questions? Call 1-800-24-UNION or send us a message.