Greater Western Washington Pipe Trades is a United Association, Local 26 apprenticeship. In 2002, Local 631 and Local 265 merged with Local 82 to form Local 26. For many years the apprenticeships remained separate under the same local union. In 2019, Northwest Washington, Southwest Washington, and West Sound Pipe Trades became Greater Western Washington Pipe Trades. Through the apprenticeship, we strive to produce the best journeymen in the industry. With this newfound identity, we hope to bridge the gap between geographical locations and build our union stronger than ever.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a primary post-educational option for those looking to start a career. Apprentices are able to earn while they learn, unlike traditional college programs. Apprentices are earning competitive wages and accruing retirement benefits while being backed with medical, dental, and vision insurance. There are no out of pocket expenses; with the exception of books and workwear. What makes apprenticeships unique is the supervised experience in the field partnered with supplemental training in the classroom . It is a great option for someone who loves to learn and work with their hands. Our programs include: Steamfitting, Commercial and Service Plumbing , and HVAC/Refrigeration.
Greater Western Washington Pipe Trades offers a variety of safety courses that accommodate an ever-changing industry. From OSHA to Refinery Safety, our members will be prepared; no matter the job site.
Equal Work, Equal Pay
Greater Western Washington Pipe Trades is proud to support and push for change throughout the labor landscape. This is a very serious issue that impacts workers worldwide. We address this issue head on, and rally the support and resources needed to make change a reality. If you would like to find out more information about this issue, as well as others, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Labor - Management Partnership
Greater Western Washington is made possible thanks to its partnership with the Mechanical Contractors Association. The MCA of Western Washington works closely with our contractors to ensure the best representation and highest quality of education are provided. They are an integral asset to Local 26’s success.