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Rooted in Excellence

At the heart of our union lies a rich tapestry of stories, craftsmanship, and unwavering commitment to excellence. For years, we have stood as a collective force in the roofing industry, built on principles of unity and skilled trade.

Our union is more than a group; it’s a community where each member plays a vital role in shaping an enduring legacy of expertise, safety, and progress.

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A Brief History of the Union

  • 1903: Founding of the International Slate and Tile Roofers of America

    Chartered by the American Federation of Labor on June 5, 1903.

  • 1906: Formation of the INternational Brotherhood of OCmposition Roofers

    Chartered by the AFL on Nov. 6, 1906.

  • 1919: Merger to Form the United Slate, Tile and Composition Roofers, Damp and Waterproof Workers Association

    The two unions merged in Pittsburgh after 13 years of independent but cooperative function.

  • 1937: Formation of Local Union No. 142

    United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers chartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

  • Post-World War II Growth

    The merged union expanded from 1,600 members to over 7,000 by World War II.

  • 1950-1978: Steady Growth and Union Transformation

    • Construction growth post-war led to a doubling of membership by 1950.
    • By 1978, the union had 28,000 members.Construction growth post-war led to a doubling of membership by 1950.
    • Adoption of the name "United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers."
    • Approval of extensive constitution revisions and initiation of a praised health and safety program.Construction growth post-war led to a doubling of membership by 1950.

  • 2004: Creation of Marketing Department

    The Marketing Department was established to support local affiliates in marketing, organizing, recruiting, member training, and leadership training.

  • 2008: Roofers & Waterproofers Research and Education Joint Trust Fund

    Established to enhance nationwide training capabilities and ensure safe and productive training for roofers and waterproofers.

  • 2021: Launch of the National Instructor Training Program

    The Trust launched the National Instructor Training Program, the first of its kind in the industry.

  • Present Day

    Ongoing commitment to training, safety, and cooperation with a focus on providing the safest and best-trained roofers in the industry for signatory contractors.

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