Charted on May 1, 1892, Local Union 85 has taken great pride in our members and craftsmanship for the past 127 years. It is with great honor and dignity that we claim the title of the United Associations Oldest chartered Michigan Local. The Labor Movement started on core principles of protection, education, benevolence, and fidelity. One hundred and twenty-seven years later we still hold true to these values.

As we celebrate out historic anniversary. We would be remiss not to acknowledge the active, retired and departed brothers and sisters who forged the amazing organization that we all belong to today. This Local was built with dedication and hard work. Many of us come from multiple generations involved with the U. A. Regardless of whether you’re a first generation Steamfitter or many generations preceded you in the Pluming, Steamfitting or HVACR Service Technicians professions, it cannot be denied the gratitude and appreciation to all who came before us.

I also believe it is imperative to acknowledge and support the future of our membership. U.A. Local 85 is known for its training and apprenticeship. We will continue to invest in and promote the education and schooling that has empowered us to be the dominant Labor Organization that we have been for the past 127 years.

I undoubtedly believe that Local 85 has never been more prepared for future success. I have been afforded the great luxury of working with a dedicated staff, charged with the common goal of making local 85 prosper and grow for another 127 years. Representing the Northern 30 counties of the Lower Peninsula in Michigan definitely requires a team effort, and I feel that the current staff in place, working on the behalf of all Local 85 members, is unparalleled and second to none.

I would like to take time to thank all of you for your continuous support and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the greatest Labor Organization in the world as your Business Manager/Financial Secretary. I pledge to work tirelessly to convey and promote exactly who Local Union 85 is and everything that unites us.

Justin M. Pomerville

Business Manager/ Financial Secretary

United Association Local Union 85


U.A. Local 85 of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry was chartered on the first day of May 1892. At that time there were about a dozen members, as of today U.A. Local 85 has nearly 1300 members. For over 125 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 the heavy industrial, commercial and residential sectors of the construction industry. We work in various facilities including: Chemical Plants, Health Care Facilities, Hi-Rise Apartment Buildings, High-Tech Facilities, Hotels & Motels, Office Buildings, Pharmaceutical Plants, Power Plants, Processing Facilities, Private and Public Schools, Single-Family Homes, and Supermarkets.


Heavy Industrial Chemical Factory at night
industry professional plumber welding and soldering copper pipes

Hi-Tech & Factories

We work in various facilities including: Chemical Plants, High-Tech Facilities, Pharmaceutical Plants, Power Plants, Processing Facilities.

Commercial & Residential Sector

We work in Health Care Facilities, Hi-Rise Apartment Buildings, Hotels & Motels, Office Buildings, Private and Public Schools, Single-Family Homes, and Supermarkets.

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