Today, we face enormous challenges in our country and in our industries. The UWUA is committed to providing solutions to these challenges.
We fervently support the creation of a cleaner and stronger America by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and investing in clean energy technologies. New and emerging technologies also present the opportunity to create good paying domestic jobs in an otherwise bleak economy – both now and long into the future.
A highly skilled workforce is key to our future and our aim is to ensure that all UWUA members remain the highest skilled, safest and most productive in the industries where we work by staying ahead of the technological curve and by recruiting and training tomorrow’s workforce now. The Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) was established at the 28th Constitutional Convention. Since then, P4A has blazed a trail to the future for the UWUA, its members, and signatory employers.
A highly skilled workforce is key to our future and our aim is to ensure that all UWUA members remain the highest skilled, safest and most productive in the industries where we work by staying ahead of the technological curve and by recruiting and training tomorrow’s workforce now.
With our Power for America Training Trust Fund, the UWUA will lead the way to help re-energize careers in existing industries and train an emerging new, unionized workforce for tomorrow’s energy industries. The P4A fund is an impressive example of the benefits available to our members. Implemented by the Union’s unique business venture between ULCS and ITC Companies, our Trust Fund continues to assure excellence in apprenticeship training programs, continuous learning opportunities and scholarship awareness.
Hundreds of incumbent and new members have graduated from P4A’s vigorous training programs, and hundreds more are in the pipeline. We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far and are making plans for the future.
This is an exciting time for the Utility Workers Union of America.
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Some P4A highlights since our last convention:
- The Second Power for America National Conference was held during July 17-19, 2013, in Chicago, IL, with more than 350 UWUA members, officers and guests actively participating. Highlights included:
- Workshops on “Taking Back our Country – a UWUA Strategic Plan” led by the Human Rights and the Young Workers Initiative Committee members
- Recognition of the successes of the UWUA’s Military Assistance Program (UMAP) by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, UWUA Veterans Committee Chair Richard Passarelli, and Peoples Gas President William Evans
- Industry-focused break-out sessions for electric/nuclear, gas, call center/customer service, water, and professional/technical
- The goal of the UWUA Power for America Training Trust Fund is to re-energize careers in existing utility workplaces and train an emerging new, unionized workforce for tomorrow’s energy industries. A cleaner and stronger America can be achieved by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and investing in clean energy technologies. This is a great opportunity to create good paying domestic jobs in an otherwise bleak economy – both now and long into the future.
- The P4A conferences provide direct education and training preparation to fulfill this mission. Industry leaders, government officials and community members will have their part to play. But, it’s the workers in America’s utilities – backed by a strong union – that will make the difference on the ground.
- The conference recognizes that, without respect for workers’ rights, UWUA Power for America Training Trust the nation’s energy industries will continue to decline. Workers know how much things have deteriorated and what changes are necessary. It’s more than dollars and cents – it’s life or death. But, without a strong labor movement, they won’t be heard.
- Workshops and plenaries at the P4A conferences explain how unions are under attack, and how they can be defended. These attacks range from “right-to-work” (for less) laws aimed at crippling the right to organize and bargain for fair contracts, to everyday harassment of workers and discriminatory actions by management. Input from the Human Rights and Young Workers Initiative Committees are especially important.