ARC UNION SERVICES
Arc Union Services is a full-service provider of construction welding, machining, heat treatment and rigging services that utilizes organized labor of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and International Association of Ironworkers. In these relationships we are signatory and hold National Specialty Agreements allowing us collaborative flexibility to best serve our clients. Also, all our business lines and offerings are available for your union labor needs.
Our team understands the importance of up-front planning on international and local union levels in order to build successful relationships. Doing so allows us to understand your organization from the bottom up and will ensure that we are able to provide exactly what your project may need.
At ARC Services, we commend and support the goals of our labor partners in the following initiatives:
From the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
“The UA Standard for Excellence is our pledge to maintain the highest standards of excellence in all that we do. It ensures that we deliver the very best value by maintaining world-class training programs, working safely, maximizing productivity, improving workplace attitudes, and all the other elements that set us apart from the rest.”
These are not just words on paper; these are principles we believe in. The UA Standard for Excellence represents a labor-management commitment to uphold the highest industry standards in the workplace, with the goal of ensuring complete customer satisfaction. The program is designed to promote UA members’ world-class skills and safe, efficient work practices on the jobs performed by our signatory contractors and their customers.”
From the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
“Creating a culture of excellence begins with acknowledging the mistakes of the past and providing a code for all Boilermakers. We are a skilled craft committed to safety on job sites, and not only do we demand it of ourselves, we demand it of those with whom we stand shoulder-to-shoulder. The Boilermaker Code provides direction for building a workforce that is highly skilled, safety-trained, and responsible.”
From the International Association of Ironworkers
“The purpose of the Ironworkers’ Standards of Excellence is to reinforce the pride of every Ironworker and our commitment to be the most skilled, most productive and safest craft in the Building Trades. As Union Ironworkers, we pledge ourselves to uphold our word, as given through our Collective Bargaining Agreement, and display the professionalism expected of our trade and Union in all aspects of our employment as exemplified by the values ingrained in our Standards of Excellence. It is our commitment to use our training and skills to produce the highest quality work worthy of our name and consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
At ARC Services, welding is our prominent business line, and we support these fine programs as a prerequisite to working on our projects.
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Welder Certification Program
Developed and designed to help meet the growing need for experienced, quality welders, our UA certification programs unparalleled in the building and construction industry. We provide general and site-specific training to apprentices and journeymen and provide pre-tested, certified and immediately available welders throughout the U.S. and Canada at no cost to the construction user. The United Association established the UA Welder Training and Certification Program to provide comprehensive instruction and qualification for our member welders. The program targets welders in the SMAW, GTAW, GMAW, FCAW, Machine, Semi-Automatic, Automatic, and Orbital Welding processes. Since its inception in 1993, the UA’s welder training and certification program has qualified over 45,000 welders. The flexible program can accommodate special requirements of project owners and contractors. An owner can request that welders be tested and certified for a specialized procedure that may be needed on a new or unique process. The UA WCP is accepted by owners and contractors, including American Electric Power, British Petroleum, Entergy, Conoco-Phillips, Fluor, Ashland/Marathon, Commonwealth Edison, Shell Chemical, Black & Veetch and Bechtel.
As a demonstration of the industry’s recognition of the significant benefits of the program, the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) presented its prestigious 2005 Workforce Development Award to the joint UA/NCPWB Welder Certification Program.
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Common Arc Program
Until 1988, interpretation of welding codes resulted in practically all field construction Boilermakers having to take a job-site administered welding test before performing any code welding each and every time he/she went to work for a different employer. For some Boilermakers, this meant as many as a dozen or more similar tests in a year. In some situations, it even meant taking the same test for two different contractors in one week at the same owner facility. Maintenance of quality standards are of utmost importance in the industries serviced by the Boilermakers, but the level of redundancy that developed was not the result of quality standards but the methods of documentation that were required of individual contractors. If the employing contractor did not have documented evidence that the Boilermaker had welded for the contractor within (now) a six-month period, the Boilermaker had to take another welding test. In the meantime, the owner's facility was sitting idle. For an electric utility, this could mean as much as $5 million per hour in unrecoverable revenue during periods of peak energy needs. It was very clear that if the Boilermakers and the National Association of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) could develop a better system for documenting welder performance, the owner community would benefit greatly, and in turn would recognize the cost and quality benefit of using Boilermakers and Boilermaker Contractors.
Enter Common Arc Corporation. It was a recognized necessity that welding, testing, and performance must be under the control of the contractor. NACBE created Common Arc Corporation in 1988 and immediately turned to the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers for joint representation on its board of directors, executive, and operating committees. For Common Arc to achieve its potential, a committed team approach of union and contractor working in unison would be necessary.
Common ARC has been a shining example to the American Industry of what organized labor and committed contractors can accomplish by working together. At the end of 2001, 9,800 Boilermaker welders and 220 union contractors were participating in Common Arc. The average cost of welder certification tests has been reduced by over 95 percent.
No longer does a Boilermaker have to drive all night to a remote location and take a weld test that will determine whether he will have a job. With Common Arc, the Boilermakers arrive at the work site already tested and ready to perform productive, quality work that will bring the owner's facility back into production in a shorter time and more cost effectively. Such a commitment to performance has made the Boilermakers the most progressive union in America in the eyes of its employers and the industries serviced.
International Association of Ironworkers
The Iron Workers/AWS National Welding Certification Program is a highly respected and nationally recognized program. The program is a partnership with the American Welding Society and provides an unparalleled standard of excellence for welder training, qualification, and certification. The benefits for Iron Workers (IW) members, signatory employers, and owners are significant. The certifications provide portability; the ownership is with the ironworker welder and allows him/her to weld from the Atlantic to the Pacific, eliminating the need for requalification, which saves time and provides huge cost savings.
With economic growth, the rebuilding of North America's infrastructure, and the amount of power plants being built and refurbished, the IW is training and testing members to meet the demands of the industry and is committed to providing the skilled union ironworker welders needed to get the job done right the first time.
The IW welding certification program database operates as an online, web-based system and offers a fast, efficient method for the transfer of information, which shortens the waiting period for IW members to obtain certification and access the jobsite.
The system also offers IW employers a quick check method for verification of qualifications/certifications issued through the National Training Fund.
When one looks you look at the construction industry, one can easily see a continuous decline in available craft. It is projected that there will be a global craft welder shortage that could reach more than 300,000 by the year 2024. Labor shortages will negatively impact our clients and the markets we serve such as power, petrochemical, oil and gas, and civil work. It’s obvious, then, that strong union relationships only service to close the labor gap and will benefit all stakeholders.”
We not only see this as an issue, but also how labor shortages will affect our clients and the markets, we serve such as Power, Petrochemical, Gas & Oil, and Civil Work. It becomes obvious to us that strong union relationships will help close the labor gap and be a common benefit to all.