Category: Community

Building Trades Members Help Rebuild Columbus Antrim Park Pier

Volunteers from various Columbus/Central Ohio Building Trades locals, in conjunction with the AFL-CIO, The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, and The City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department helped to rebuild Antrim Park’s pier.

Antrim is a nearly 120 acre park, which sits on a lake and the Olentangy Greenway Trail. The 2,400 square foot deck had fallen into disrepair and required renovations to its railing, decking, and benches. This volunteer project aimed to improve the structure and to add improvements such as benches and fishing rod holders. The project lasted two weeks, with a ribbon cutting and opening ceremony held on September 22, 2016, which featured remarks from Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga and the Mayor of Columbus Andy Ginther.

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Plumbers and Pipefitters to the Rescue in Flint, MI

On Saturday, more than 300 unionized plumbers and pipefitters from across the country donated their time and expertise to residents in Flint, Michigan. The plumbers installed new faucets and water filters in an effort to provide clean drinking water.

Workers gathered at 7 a.m. at the UA Local 370 Union Hall in Flushing, Michigan to begin work. The effort was coordinated by the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, and the fixtures were donated by the Plumbing Manufacturers International. Many Flint homes needed new faucets because older models were not made to accommodate filters. By the end of the day, the team had serviced 1,100 homes.

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