The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, based in Washington, D.C., has 22,000 members participating in 9 regional district councils across the country.
Members enjoy participating in the National Roofing Industry Supplemental Pension, health and safety programs, as well as training and apprenticeship opportunities, and cooperative labor-management research and education efforts.
The union also sponsors the Roofers Political Education and Legislative Fund and works with various groups on safety and health issues. Organizing new members is a top priority, which the union demonstrates through the Multi-trade Organizing Volunteer Education program (MOVE). In addition to continuing the message of its predecessor, COMET, the MOVE program stresses a multi-trade approach to organizing and actively enlists the participation of our members. In addition, MOVE addresses the changing demographics of the construction of the construction workforce, and uses history to remind us of our own heritage of organizing immigrant workers.
The central message of the MOVE program is simple yet profound; the principles of solidarity must apply to our organizing work. MOVE envisions a day when, for example, rank and file union plumbers will extend an organizing message to non-union electricians working on the same job site, while at the same time union electricians will reach out to non-union plumbers on another site. It is this level of involvement by our members, and this type of reciprocal organizing that the MOVE program promotes, and which we must realize if we are to be successful.
The MOVE program is an important tool for rebuilding union power, but nothing is more important than the dedication and commitment you bring to your work as an organizer and MOVE instructor. By using the MOVE program to show our members that we are all in this together and so must help one another, and by enlisting their active participation, you are building the foundation for our success.
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-5646
Phone: (202) 463-7663
Fax: (202) 463-6906
Kinsey M. Robinson, International President
Robert J. Danley, International Secretary-Treasurer
INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS:
Douglas Ziegler, First
Thomas Pedrick, Second
Paul F. Bickford, Third
James A. Hadel, Fourth
Donald A. O'Blenis, Fifth
Richard R. Mathis, Sixth
Daniel P. O'Donnell, Seventh
Robert Peterson, Eighth
Michael A. Vasey, Ninth
Michael Stiens, Tenth
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATION:
DIRECTOR OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT:
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:
Erin C. McDermott