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UA and Pauline Kriston Scholarships

The UA Scholarship is now available at or by calling 724-925-7238.

The Pauline Kriston Scholarship
through the UALU Federal Credit Union is now available. Applicants must be a member of credit union. Please call 724-925-9354.

The Annual GEM Group Scholarship will be available soon. Notification regarding this scholarship will be sent to all members.

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Wright Trust Scholarship Application Available

“The Wright Thing To Do Scholarship Trust”

“The Wright Thing To Do Scholarship Trust” was established in 2011, by John D. Wright, in conjunction with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #354 of the UA of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the USA and Canada. The purpose of the Trust is to provide financial aid to individuals enrolled or accepted as a full or part-time student in an accredited college, university, or vocational educational institution. Applications are now AVAILABLE – please call 724-925-7238 (P&PF Local 354 Office)

Completed applications for aid from the Trust must be submitted no later than May 15, 2015. Prior recipients are eligible to receive additional aid; however, such recipients must complete a new application at the time of each request.

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Get Connected!!!

GET CONNECTED with Local Union 354 updates – SIGN UP TODAY

These 4 easy steps will get you connected instantly and only takes minutes to do. Just make sure your cell phone is nearby!

Step 1: Go to – The official UA website for LU 354
Step 2: Click on the SMS Text Alerts (located under the green Member Login box)
Step 3: Enter your Name, Mobile Number, and Mobile Carrier and click the “I Agree” button.
Have your cell phone nearby because a Verification Code will be texted to you.
Step 4: Enter the Verification Code that was sent to your mobile phone – Click “Confirm”


You are now connected to receive reminders about important Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 354 dates, times, and events.

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A cordial invitation is extended to any member wishing to participate in our Annual Latrobe Fall Classic Team Scramble Event. The event will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 with shotgun start at 9:30am sharp, at the Pleasant Valley Country Club, Connellsville, PA. Breakfast will be available at the Club from 8:00am to 9:15am on a cash basis.

The entry fee will be $90.00, which includes green fees, carts, prizes, and buffet dinner. We hope you will be able to join the UA Local Union #354 members, their employers and friends in the industry for a day of challenging golf.

The event will be a four-man scramble. Proper golf attire is required (no blue jeans).

Please return registration and entrance fee by Monday, September 5, 2014 made payable to “LATROBE FALL CLASSIC”, P.O. Box 325, Youngwood, PA 15697. **The number of golfers is limited to the first 128, to avoid disappointment…register today.**

If further information is needed, please call Charlie Fry at 724-925-8108, Tim Custer at 724-925-7238 or via fax 724-925-2108.


  • Registration Form(form)

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Labor Day Parade – August 30

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union # 354 will once again participate in the annual Labor Day Parade in Altoona, PA on August 30th.  Please meet in the parking lot  across from the Mishler Theatre, 1212  12th Ave., Altoona, PA  16601 at 9:15 am sharp, with line up for the parade starting promptly at 9:30 am.  All are welcome to participate and all union members will received a free LU 354 tee shirt.  Refreshments will be provided immediately following the parade at the Blair- Bedford Labor Hall, 302 E. Wopsononock Ave. Altoona, PA  16601.

Apprentices: You will be credited with ONE Union Meeting  for participating in the parade.

Please see Don Arena the morning of the parade for check in.


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Retired Local 354 Member and Veteran still has it at 91

Ralph Mielnik, a retired 64 year member of Local 354, recently converted a gravity coal/gas hot water heating system in his home to a four zone natural gas system.  Brother Mielnik of Hollidaysburg, PA is a US Marine WWII Veteran of Tarawa.  He stays active every day working in his shop or garden.  He still enjoys hunting and the challenge of fixing and building projects at home and for his family, neighbors, and friends.  Ralph stays connected with fellow retired bothers by going to a monthly breakfast with them at a local restaurant.


Congratulations Brother Mielnik on your great accomplishments!!!

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Leaky Pipes Lead to Frozen Tundra

With the shivering temperatures this past winter, plumbers have seen homes fill with water and freeze.

What’s the cause of this?

Leaking pipes seeping through walls and ceilings are a major cause. However, it’s not just leaking pipes! Wildlife animals have been searching for homes during this bitter winter. The number one places that little rodents look are plumbing vents. Plumbing vents look warm and cozy, but in actuality, the rodents are breathing in sewer gas. This means that the blocking passage in the pipe is leading to bathroom waste backing up in the home.

Remind clients about the benefits of insulated pipes and putting wide mesh over the plumbing stack on their roofs!


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The Damage of Freezing Temperatures

On a day like today, it doesn’t hurt to once again reiterate to homeowners the importance or protecting pipes from freezing. This winter has been wreaking havoc on the US, with average temperatures way below the average. The abnormally cold weather and strong winds combined have been the cause of an increase in water main breaks, electrical line damage, and breaking pipes.

People who are worried about these problems can rest assured there are steps they can take to prevent them from happening. Here are some tips to share with homeowners:

  • Know where the main water shuttoff is in your home. And know how to use it.
  • Disconnect outside water hoses. You probably won’t be needing it anytime soon anyway.
  • Inspect outside faucets. Have a plumber repair any leaks.
  • Shut off separate shut-off valves for outside faucets, if you have any. Drain outside pipes.
  • Invest in faucet insulation. You can find it ay most  hardware or home improvement stores.
  • Keep inside temperatures above 65 degrees Farenheit. The air between walls is a lot colder than interior walls.
  • Let hot and cold water drip in sinks and tubs over night. It might affect the water bill a bit, but you are preventing your pipes from freezing by doing so, which is considerably more expensive to fix.

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