Journeyman & Apprentices of the Pipefitting and Plumbing Industry

U.A. Local 85

UA Local 85 Plumbers, Steamfitters
& HVACR Service Tech's

For over 127 years, Local 85 members have been protecting the health of our jurisdiction through our vigorous apprentice and journeyman training. Our contractors employ Local 85 members in many different construction applications. We work in heavy industrial, commercial, and residential sectors of the construction industry.



Our union Signatory Contractors are spanned across more than 50 locations throughout Michigan.


Signatory Members

UA Local 85 trains hundreds of members each year. Preparing them to answer any call.

What We Do.

Our contractors employ Local 85 members in many different mediums. We work in the heavy industrial, commercial and residential sectors of the construction industry.


Plumbers install drinking water, waste and ventilating systems, as well as wastewater treatment systems large and small, in homes, offices, schools, hospitals and manufacturing facilities. 


Install, maintain and repair heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.


Fabricate, assemble, install, maintain, and repair piping systems that transport all types of fluids, slurries and gas in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. 


Our Technicians are kept up to date on all of the latest information in their perspective fields, with full hands on – real world training.

UA Local 85 Signatory Contractors

Why Join a Union?

The common term for a group of workers looking to join a union is “Organizing.” Workers organize for various reasons, be it to improve their working conditions, increase their pay or benefits, and/or to create a better working environment. We encourage you to read more about us to see if joining our union is right for you and/or your coworkers.

Power In Numbers

Where unions are strong, employers must bargain collectively to set the terms and conditions of employment. The demand for profits must then be compromised with fairness toward workers.

Over The Years

After World War II, nearly 30 percent of our work force belonged to unions. Today, barely half that are organized. Today, a few own the world’s resources while most live in poverty.

Unionization Is a Human Right

In 1948, the US joined four-fifths of United Nations member states to ratify the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which included the right of all people to come together in unions.

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