United Association Local 463 Plumbers, Steamfitters, Welders and Apprentices (UA Local 463)

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 894

October 01, 2009 06:01 ET

Local Unions Invest $200,000 in Oshawa University

Classrooms Named After Locals 463 and 894 for Significant Contributions to Education

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2009) -

Note to Editor/Photo Editor: Photo-op on Oct. 1 at UOIT, 10 a.m., 200 Simcoe St. N, Oshawa

Two local trade unions were recognized by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) for making a combined donation of $200,000 to help build classrooms.

Two classrooms will be named after the United Association Local 463 Plumbers, Steamfitters, Welders and Apprentices (UA Local 463) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 894, for their donations of $100,000 each to the university.

"This is a great example of how local unions can invest in the prosperity and development of our community," said Garth Cochrane, Business Manager for UA Local 463. "Despite these difficult economic times, I am proud to say that our members continue to make donations to help improve our entire community."

Representatives from both unions were recognized today by UOIT President Dr. Ronald Bordessa, who announced that plaques would be placed in their honour outside two classes in the university's Science building.

The donations will be used to assist the university with capital improvements and to help maintain and improve current infrastructure, ensuring the university can continue to meet the capital needs that come with its significant growth.

"We are thrilled to have been able to make such an important contribution to UOIT," said John Gillett, Business Manager for IBEW Local 894. "We take great pride when our members are able to come together to support our community like this."

For more information, please visit www.local463.ca and www.ibew894.org.


The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 326,000 highly-skilled United Association members who belong to over 300 individual local unions across North America. The United Association has been training qualified pipe tradesmen longer than anyone else in the industry.


Durham based Local 894 is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers which represents over 750,000 members in Canada and the United States working in the construction industry and lineman and other employees of public utilities. The union also represents some workers in the computer, telecommunications, broadcasting and other fields related to electrical work.

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