Construction Issues

The SWPTA works to improve construction standards

The Southwest Pipe Trades Association advocates for , and in some cases, opposes various issues that can impact the plumbing, pipefitting and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industries in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

SWPTA tracks the following issues and when necessary, will take action to protect the Locals and their members, while striving to maintain the highest standards on all job sites.

If you have any questions about these issues, or would like to share information about any potential violations of any of the below construction issues, please contact Craig Berendzen at 214.341.8606.

Union welder welding a seam

"Right to Work"

So-Called “Right to Work” is a lie disguised in nice language to make it seem like a less harmful set of policies.

Union HVAC tech inspecting gas valve connections


The southeastern states are some of the most dangerous states for workers.

Union construction worker on job site

Project Labor Agreements

A PLA is an agreement between labor unions and contractors for a specific project.

Union welder with welding helmet


A major issue in the labor community is independent contractor classification.

UA Local 798 - Tulsa Oklahoma - Southwest Pipe Trades


A major portion of U.S. infrastructure is water infrastructure.

union pipe trades apprentice working


Prevailing Wage was established with the passing of the Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Act.

Union Sprinkler Fitter Career

Fire Sprinkler
Tax Code

Fire sprinkler systems tax code is vital to the safety of those living and working in the Southwest.

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