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PLUMBERS
THREE PARK PLACE
ANNAPOLIS, MD 21401

Locals and Other Affiliated Organizations

UnionUnit Name/LocationMembers
Plumbers Council California State Pipe Trades  /  Sacramento, CA29,354
Plumbers State Association New York State Pipe Trades  /  South Glens Falls, NY23,000
Plumbers State Association Texas  /  Harlingen, TX12,446
Plumbers Local 669Columbia, MD11,065
Plumbers Local 597Chicago, IL10,153
Plumbers District Council Gulf Coast Multi St Pipe Trade Coun  /  Gulfport, MS8,900
Plumbers State Association Pennsylvania  /  Philadelphia, PA8,719
Plumbers State Association Minnesota Pipe Trades  /  Duluth, MN7,459
Plumbers Local 638Long Island City, NY7,374
Plumbers State Association Washington  /  Tacoma, WA7,260

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Financial Information

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which is enforced by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, requires labor unions to file annual reports detailing their operations. Contained in those reports are breakdowns of each union's spending, income and other financial information.

Basic Financials

Total Assets $207,620,172
Total Liabilities $29,917,664
Total Income $172,442,794
Total Spent $179,904,249

Total Assets Trend

Assets (Change from previous report)

Cash $25,632,356 (-22.5%)
Accounts Receivable $8,388,953 (+2.4%)
Investments $66,268,373 (+6.5%)
Fixed Assets $45,582,344 (+6.5%)
Treasury Securities $27,579,547 (-12.3%)
Other Assets $463,920 (+27.7%)
Loans Receivable $33,704,679 (+0.4%)

Liabilities

Loans Payable $26,142,125
Accounts Payable $1,634,373
Other Liabilities $2,141,166
Mortgages $0

Income

Dues $0
Per Person Tax $73,697,845
Investments $88,701,752
Supplies $601,603
Loan Repayment $69,572
Interest $1,704,568
Dividends $844,972
Rents $648,940
Fees and Fines $3,883,909
Loans Obtained $0
Other Receipts $2,289,633
Affiliates $0
Members $0
Reinvestments $0
All Others $460,733

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Spending

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) requires unions to report how they spent their money in a number of categories. For the first five, OLMS requires unions to provide detailed information on any recipient that received more than $5,000 per year.

Spending Overview

Spending Breakdown

Representational $20,637,038 (11.47%)
Political Activities and Lobbying $3,536,742 (1.97%)
Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $1,351,558 (0.75%)
General Overhead $1,705,729 (0.95%)
Union Administration $33,637,323 (18.70%)
Strike Benefits $0 (0.00%)
To Union Officers $8,590,232 (4.77%)
To Union Employees $4,408,260 (2.45%)
Education $0 (0.00%)
Fees $0 (0.00%)

Search All Spending

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Membership

Membership Trend

YearMembers
2002324,349
2003325,914
2004324,557
2005324,043
2006327,000
2007332,205
2008342,846
2009346,882
2010340,712
2011334,844
2012330,710

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Leaders & Salaries

Top Ten Highest Paid Leaders

NameTitleTotal Compensation
WILLIAM HITEGENERAL PRESIDENT$501,203
JOHN TELFORDDIR OF CANADIAN AFFAIRS $399,169
STEPHEN KELLYASST GENERAL PRESIDENT$327,008
BUDROW TOZERINT'L REPRESENTATIVE$314,782
JAMES MACDONALDINT'L REPRESENTATIVE$307,035
ROBERT KINSEYINT'L REPRESENTATIVE$305,226
BRETT MCCOYDIRECTOR OF ORGANIZING$303,470
RICK TERVENEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT$295,654
LARRY CANNADMIN ASSISTANT/CANADA$283,452
STEVEN MORRISONSPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE$282,597

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Political Spending

Federal Election Donations, by Party

Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Political Action Committees

Political Action CommitteeTotal Contributed
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$15,256,144
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 9$457,624
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 447$306,050
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 467$239,281
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 335$228,875
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 1$224,250
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 690$220,080
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 533$214,627
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 502$195,500
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 675$168,240
California State Pipe Trades Council$158,249
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$154,612
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 322$147,750
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 475$121,670
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 290$120,650
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 524$104,580
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 519$97,936
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 14$97,387
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 274$92,687
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 85$88,990
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 455$73,850
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 337$62,550
Steamfitters Local 638$61,150
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 619$41,000
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 690$38,260
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 773$32,800
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 47$30,600
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 24$30,175
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 522$26,900
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 25$21,665
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 392$21,400
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 74$19,384
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 295$16,750
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 486$16,100
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 51$15,050
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 598$12,600
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 50$10,944
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 816$9,215
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 476$9,000
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 22$8,900
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 107$8,000
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 725$5,000
Plumbers Local 98$3,500
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 5$1,800
Steamfitters Local 602 COPE Cmte$1,775
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 50$1,750
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 2$1,500
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 630$1,500

527 Spending

A union's 527 committee makes contributions to political candidates and other organizations for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election. Unlike Political Action Committees, which are strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission, 527s are regulated by the IRS. These committees are often considered a form of "soft money."

527 CommitteeTotal Spent
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$3,647,048
Steamfitters Local 638$1,766,225
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$742,825
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 211$411,666
Plumbers/Pipefitter Union Local 136$351,949
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 38$346,775
Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local 130$280,977
Colorado State Pipe Trades Assn$212,193
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 803$133,808
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 234$84,520
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 172$60,600
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 208$47,915
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 65$7,376
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 190$3,113

Source: Internal Revenue Service by way of the Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: March 1st, 2011

Lobbying

Federal Lobbying

Lobbying Expenditures Trend

Major Issues

IssueTotal Spent Lobbying
Labor, Antitrust & Workplace$5,827,724
Clean Air & Water$720,000
Energy & Nuclear Power$110,000
Government Issues$110,000
Fed Budget & Appropriations$80,000
Health Issues$60,000
Accounting$40,000
Economics & Econ Development$10,000

Lobbying Groups

ClientTotal Spent Lobbying
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union$6,789,724
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 51$188,000
Plumbers/Pipefitters Union Local 9$0

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Crime, Corruption & Racketeering

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts investigations to determine if violations of the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) provisions have occurred.

Investigations are initiated based on various sources such as complaints from union members; information developed by OLMS as a result of reviewing reports filed; information developed during an OLMS audit of a union’s books and records; and information obtained from other government agencies. Investigations may involve civil matters (such as an election of union officers) or criminal matters (such as embezzlement of union funds).

Corruption and Embezzlement Charges

Type of Criminal ActivityNumber of Incidents
1
criminal charges22
embezzlement charges28
Guilty Pleas24
Indictments17
Officials Sentenced16

Some incidents may be accounted for in multiple categories.

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: June 29th, 2014

Financial Audits

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has responsibility under the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to conduct audits to determine if unions are complying with the law.

OLMS uses a streamlined audit approach called the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to audit local unions which utilizes specialized records review and investigative techniques to verify LMRDA compliance.

LocalDateView Audit
PPF Local 85505/31/13Full Audit Text
PPF Local 56204/03/13Full Audit Text
PPF Local 7803/15/13Full Audit Text
PPF Local 54203/13/13Full Audit Text
PPF Local 36002/26/13Full Audit Text
PPF Local 11/13/12Full Audit Text
PPF Local 2603/20/12Full Audit Text
PPF Local DEState02/27/12Full Audit Text
PPF Local 34502/17/12Full Audit Text
PPF Local 20809/28/11Full Audit Text
PPF Local 02/09/11Full Audit Text
PPF Local 2701/12/11Full Audit Text
PPF Local 63301/10/11Full Audit Text
PPF Local 78110/25/10Full Audit Text
PPF Local 58909/29/10Full Audit Text
PPF Local 70409/22/10Full Audit Text
PPF Local 2305/06/10Full Audit Text
PPF Local 304/02/10Full Audit Text
PPF Local 2401/29/10Full Audit Text
PPF Local 21912/21/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 16012/15/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 55112/15/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 69912/15/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 70210/09/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 1009/16/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 07/15/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 76107/14/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 41206/30/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 4206/09/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 3402/25/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 4501/15/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 76001/15/09Full Audit Text
PPF Local 52112/29/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 6812/10/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 18812/04/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 3312/04/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 1311/13/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 408/28/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 26708/21/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 37208/20/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 2206/30/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 28606/09/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 24606/04/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 50206/02/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 78805/19/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 44005/13/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 190305/12/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 43402/08/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 4702/07/08Full Audit Text
PPF Local 55307/11/07Full Audit Text
PPF Local 07/09/07Full Audit Text
PPF Local 15204/27/07Full Audit Text
PPF Local 44903/12/07Full Audit Text
PPF Local 11002/28/07Full Audit Text
PPF Local 4106/30/06Full Audit Text
PPF Local 9109/30/05Full Audit Text
PPF Local 64809/07/05Full Audit Text
PPF Local 105/27/05Full Audit Text
PPF Local 13802/01/05Full Audit Text
PPF Local 39201/26/05Full Audit Text

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: January 26th, 2014

Pensions

Pensions Linked to the Union

Pension Name/SponsorMembersFunding Percentage
United Association General Officers and Employees Pension Fund
United Association General Officers and Employees Pension Fund
355

Associated Pension Funds

These pension funds are tied to the union according to their name only. There is no formal system for identifying all pension funds associated with a union. As a result, some of these pension fund may not be associated with the union.

Pension Name/SponsorMembersFunding Percentage
Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc. Pension Plan for Collectively Bargained Employees
Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc.
169
Oregon and Southwest Washington Painters Pension Pln
Oregon and Southwest Washington Painters Pension Plan, Trustees
2,449
Carpenters Retirement Plan of Western Washington
Board of Trustees, Carpenters Retirement Plan Of
17,9980
Carpenters Retirement Plan of Western Washington
Board of Trustees, Carpenters Retirement Plan Of
17,9980
Washington Athletic Club Employees Retirement Plan
Washington Athletic Club
353
Washington Dc Cement Masons' Pension Trust Fund
Board of Trustees, Washington Dc Cement Masons' Pension Trust Fund
46178.9
Operating Engineers Pension Trust Fund of Washington D.c. and Vicinity
Board of Trustees, Operating Engineers Pension Trust Fund of Washingto
2,455
Washington Athletic Club Employees Retirement Plan
Washington Athletic Club
359
The Retirement Plan for Washington Post Companies
The Washington Post Company
20,615
Western Washington Laborers- Employers Pension Plan
Bot, W.w. Laborers Emp. Pension Tr. Fd.
15,950
Bac Local No. 1 Washington Pension Trust
Board of Trustees, Bac Local No. 1 Washington
1,3160
Unite Here Local 25 and Hotel Association of Washington, Dc Pension Plan
Board of Trustees-Htl. and Rest. Emp. Lo.25&htl Assn
8,427
Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc. Pension Plan for Collectively Bargained Employees
Washington Penn Plastic Co., Inc.
171
Milk Drivers and Dairy Employees Local Union 246 of Washington Dc Pension Fund
Board of Trustees of Milk Drivers 246 Pension Fund
822
Washington Gas Light Company Employees' Pension Plan
Washington Gas Light Company
4,215
Washington Gas Light Company Employees' Pension Plan
Washington Gas Light Company
4,215

Source: Internal Revenue Service.

Union Decertifications

Unionized employees can elect to revoke a union's right to represent them through a process called a decertification. In order to decertify a union, a majority of the unionized employees must vote to remove the union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recent Decertification Petitions

Case NumberName/UnionDate Filed
18-RD-02725Climate Air, Inc.
Pipefitters Local Union No. 539
10-RD-01510TRITON SPRINKLER
UNION 669, SPRINKLER FITTERS
18-RD-02727Lakeside Plumbing & Htg., Inc.
Plumbers Local Union #15
27-RD-01236Extreme Fire Protection, Inc.
Sprinkler Fitters Union, Local 669
17-RD-01797Trane US, Inc.
United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters
21-RD-02886Yaleco Engineering Services, Inc.
Pipe Trades District Council No. 16; Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union #230
17-RD-01771Trane
United Assoc., Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 430
12-RD-01055John C. Cassidy Air Conditioning
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Air Conditioning Workers Local Union 630
17-RD-01772Trane US, Inc.
The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
13-RD-02558Bernard Dentzer Plumbing and Heating Corporation
Plumbers Local 130

Source: National Labor Relations Board
Case Activity Tracking System

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Allegations

Unionized employees, business owners, managers, and others often bring labor law charges against unions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversees the porcess of determining if the union violated the National Labor Relations Act.

AllegationCases Filed
Other Allegations359
Duty of Fair Representation260
Hiring Halls190
Hiring Hall Related111
Actions of Picketers69
Statements65
Reserved Gate Issues46
Threatening Statements41
Time/Place of Picketing39
Coercive Statements33
All Allegations against a Labor Organization20
Lawsuits/Grievances16
Refusal to Bargain (Succeeding Contract)16
Union Security Related (including Beck)15
Bad Faith/Surface Bargaining (Succeeding Contract)14
Language on Picket Sign/Handbill14
Union Security Related13
Refusal to Furnish Information12
Repudiation/Modification of Contract12
Picketing/Strike Actions10

Please note that a single case may fall into multiple allegation categories.

Source: National Labor Relations Board; Case Activity Tracking System

Recent Strikes

Employer/LocationUnionDays on StrikeEmployees on Strike
Mechanical Contractors Association of Indiana
NE Indiana (14 Counties), Fort Wayne, IN
PPF Local 1662200
Michigan Infrasource & Transportation Association
Okemos, MI
PPF Local 1906275
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices
Omaha, NE
PPF Local 0168358
MCA
,
PPF Local 53362300
MN Mechanical Contractors Ass.
Mankato, MN
PPF Local 3410672
Stepan Company
Maywood, NJ
PPF Local 2741410
National Fire Sprinkler Association
Philadelphia, PA
PPF Local 69218500
Mechanical Contractors Association of KY Inc
Louisville, KY
PPF Local 50201774
Contractors Nationwide Agt
Various locations,
PPF Local 66902800
Contractors Nationwide Agt
Neoga, IL
PPF Local 6691860