Roofers union looking for apprentices due to retirements, workload |
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Mary Ann Thomas

The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local 37 in Bellevue need to fill 40 open apprentice positions, according to a representative at the union’s Joint Apprenticeship Committee on Monday.

The Union has jurisdiction in a number of counties in Western Pennsylvania including Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

The starting wage for an apprentice is $15 an hour with a $13.55 per hour benefit package, according to the Local 37. After completing 600 hours of probation, the apprentice can earn 65 percent of a journeyman rate, which is currently set at $31.62 an hour with a benefit of $17.05 per hour. Wages are then increased by 5 percent every 6 months and 600 hours.

The union is actively seeking apprentices because of retirements and projected workloads, according to the union.

Applications are taken at the JAC Training Center at 230 Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue, Mondays through Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Candidates should call the Apprenticeship office to schedule an appointment: 412-732-9720.

Applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable $15 application fee.

All applicants must pass a drug test prior to acceptance into the apprenticeship program.

Minimum requirements for roofers include: Must be at least 18 years old and physically fit for manual work in outdoor conditions and must take the SRA Mechanical Aptitudes Test and Joint Apprenticeship Committee oral interview. Prior to the oral interview, candidates will need at least three letters of recommendation and a medical physical exam for work.

Visit the union’s website for more information.

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