Local 73 History
UA Local 81 was merged between the Oswego Local 73 and the Syracuse Local 81. This is the history taken off of the Local 73 website at the time of the merger...
Back in the late 1800’s, as unions in this country first began to take shape, Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 73 formed with a group of capable and talented piping mechanics with the idea of providing good wages and benefits for it’s members working in the piping industry. Chartered in 1898 the union came to play a pivotal role in providing quality services to business and industry in our area.
Today, with more than 600 members, the Local’s unique partnership with industry has continued to make it a key player in the Central and Upstate New York regions. It provides services to a diversified customer base that includes, homeowners, schools and universities, hospitals, commercial businesses, food processing and manufacturing plants; including brewery, paper, aluminum and ethanol plants; and power producers; including fossil, hydro and nuclear.
Whether it’s new construction, maintenance, alterations, retro-fit or supervision, for over 100 years there have been many generations of UA Local 73 members that have taken pride in their service to our customers and our contractors. It is a legacy of pride and commitment whose tangible experssion is excellence.
Our membership is involved in every facet of the community as well. Their level of commitment, particularly to the youth of the five county region, ahs resulted in an unparalleled level of respect and sense of partnership.
Often their involvement has led to hands-on particiaption by the membership. Twenty members were certified by the US Coast Guard and volunteered their time over a six year period to build a replica of a turn-of-the-century schooner for Oswego Maritime Foundation’s Great Lakes education project.
The St. Paul’s Leprechaun basketball program involves more than 300 area youth which has been supported by the Local for over forty years. The Local is also active in it’s support for Little League Baseball and Minor League Youth Hockey.
Support for the less fortunate is also a big undertaking the Local takes part in which is extended through food drives and organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and Human Concerns.