Boilermakers and Utility Workers sign historic agreement

By aligning with one another, we further strengthen our structures, we gain greater economies of scale, and we amplify our collective political voice on state and national levels.

We look forward to building a bright future for the Boilermakers and UWUA together.

—President Newton B. Jones

THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD of Boilermakers and Utility Workers Union of America executed a formal affiliation agreement in Chicago on May 8 that calls for the two unions to join together for mutually beneficial strategies that fully leverage both organizations’ strengths.

While the affiliation agreement is not a merger of the two unions, it calls for the Boilermakers and UWUA to share in areas and opportunities that naturally align, such as special projects, industry programs and infrastructure, resources and other cooperative efforts.

“We have much in common with the UWUA in terms of our structures, our challenges and our opportunities,” said International President Newton B. Jones. “By aligning with one another, we further strengthen our structures, we gain greater economies of scale, and we amplify our collective political voice on state and national levels.”

In the agreement, the two organizations will look for resources they can share; for example, communications and legislative resources and training centers. In addition, when issues of mutual concern or advocacy are identified, IBB and UWUA will work together to create a combined voice, message and strategy to address the issue.

“We are pleased with this strategic affiliation agreement,” said UWUA National President Michael Langford. “It only makes sense for us to work together, to share our strengths and to magnify our reach and impact on important issues affecting our unions. We’re excited about moving forward together and advancing our joint priorities.”

“We look forward to building a bright future for the Boilermakers and UWUA together,” added President Jones.