Austin, Texas is a booming area that has been growing for nearly a decade. The massive growth has helped keep the roughly 1,700 members of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 286 busy.
From new sporting stadiums like Major League Soccer’s Austin FC Q2 Stadium to office space and production facilities for the likes of Apple and Tesla, Austin doesn’t quit, even during a global pandemic.
Any day of the work week, you’ll find the members of Local 286 on job sites, large and small office buildings, supermarkets, food warehousing and processing facilities, power plants, chemical installations, factories, public buildings and healthcare facilities. Semiconductor manufacturing facilities including Samsung and NXP represent a good share of the Local’s market. The Union also keeps busy doing construction for the University of Texas and Texas State, as well as numerous hospitals and state-owned buildings.
Local 286: Serving Austin for nearly 100 years
Local 286’s jurisdiction includes the following Central Texas counties: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Blanco, Burnet, Llano, San Saba, Lampasas, Bell, Lee and Mason.
First chartered in 1923, the union is led by President Stanton Bridges, Business Manager Robert “Chap” Thornton and Business Agent Victor Schaatt Jr.
Thanks to its wide network of highly skilled and qualified plumbers and pipefitters, it can meet the needs of any size project with dedicated experience to do the job. This includes process piping, steam, hot water, refrigeration, air conditioning, medical gas, boilers, pipe fabrication, hydraulics, controls, all welding processes, HVAC service, energy management, rigging, drafting/CAD drawing and industrial instrumentation.
The Benefits of Qualified Union Labor
Local 286 is continually recruiting new members and apprentices to ensure there are plenty of boots on the ground to get the job done. This helps them maintain good relationships with their signatory contractors.
Entering into a five-year apprenticeship program, apprentices earn livable wages, full healthcare and 401K benefits on day one. Apprentices earn while they learn, with pay gradually increasing as they progress through the program.
Members of the union enjoy good pay, quality benefits and the right to work on a safe job site.