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The Training Centre is open today April 9, 2018.

About the UA

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada or "UA" as it is commonly known is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 326,000 highly-skilled United Association members who belong to over 300 individual local unions across North America.

The United Association has been training qualified pipe tradesmen longer than anyone else in the industry. The UA boasts the premier training programs available in the industry today, including five-year apprenticeship programs, extensive journeyman training organized instructor training, and certification programs. Read more ...
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Local 56 members participate in fund-raiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation

In April of 2017 UA Local 56 members took part for the first time in the BMO Hockey Heroes tournament, a major fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This annual event raises funds to support the Foundation’s work to reduce heart and stroke related disease in Canada. During the 3 day tournament, the UA Local 56 team comprised of members from the Halifax area were able to play against and with former NHL stars such as Al Iafrate, Joe Nieuwendyk, and John Scott. The tournament was a great success with Local 56 raising over $24,000.00 through donations, 50/50 ticket sales and a silent auction. In total, the Halifax event generated over $400,000.00 for the Foundation.

This year’s event will be held April 27-29 at the BMO Center in Bedford and will include NHL Alumni players: John Scott, Marty McSorley, Al Iafrate, Gary Leeman and Dennis Maruk

If you would like to donate, please click on the following link:

Thank you to those who helped make this fund-raising effort possible. We are holding monthly 50/50 draws and will be holding an auction and comedy night at Brewster’s Bar & Grill in Bedford on April 21, 2018. Tickets for this event are available from team players, at the Training Centre or the Union Hall.

Hockey Team Photo
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Hockey Team Photo
Why UA?

Celebrating Years of Service

UA Local 56 celebrated our Years of Service Awards at the Westin Nova Scotian on September 17, 2017. John Kelly, Business Manager, Darren Muise, Assistant Business Manager, Mike Doyle, Business Agent, and Tim Murphy, President presented these awards to our members on behalf of all the Brothers and Sisters of UA Local 56. Read more ...
History of Local 56

Halifax Local Union #56 was granted its UA charter in August 1908, as a Plumbers & Steamfitters combination local in the building, construction and metal trades divisions.

In August 1941 the charter was revised so as to include marine pipefitters and helpers because our members often branched out into the Dockyards as a means of sustaining steady employment.  In early 1954, the Dockyard Trades and Labour Council became a bargaining agent for all trades in the Dockyard.  The pipe shop members could not have Local 56 as their bargaining agent.  As they wanted to remain UA members, they applied for and received a charter and formed UA Local 282. Read more ...
The Local 56 Training Centre

In 1992 United Association (UA) Local 56 built a combined administration/training facility and meeting hall. Prior to this, training was limited and usually done on an as needed basis. Space was rented from the local Community College, which was costly and constantly put a strain on local training funds. There was no access to welding shops, which was needed to provide upgrades, and pre-test practicing was non-existent.

In early 1993, the new building was completed with a welding shop and classroom space. With these facilities the quality of our welders improved through continued availability of upgrade training, as well as providing accessibility to members for practice. Read more ...
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