About the Mechanical & Allied Crafts Council

The unions making up the Mechanical Allied Crafts on an International level are the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Sprinkler Fitters, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Ironworkers, the Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, the Sheet Metal Workers, and the Boilermakers and Elevator Constructors. All are maintaining membership in the Building Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. The International Presidents making up the Unions of MAC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Jurisdiction, setting a framework to solve work disputes peacefully and quickly before they ever become an issue on the jobsite. The group also collectively endorsed a "Code of Excellence" program that sets out principals for job performance and greater accountability on jobs staffed MAC affiliates. By adopting and implementing these standards, we will help ensure the satisfaction of our customers, which is the surest way to expand our position in the marketplace. The unions on the International level are working closely with the local affiliates to put these standards in practice. The MAC International Presidents have also endorsed a Reciprocal Memorandum of Understanding that will allow union members to consolidate their benefit contributions within their "home fund" should they be working outside of their home local, or referred out on a job another MAC affiliated union. Getting enough qualified craftsperson's on the job in and of itself is a serious issue as the industry looks to the future. Not only is MAC opening a dialogue to share manpower among crafts, we are committed to addressing this situation by working together. The International and Local Council of New Jersey is committed to addressing this situation by aggressively recruiting additional workers to their roles and share resources when promoting jobs in the mechanical industry to the public and we offer great, long term opportunities for career construction professionals. The overall ability to deliver skilled and safe craftsmen to the jobsite has long been a union strength, and the MAC members are exploring opportunities to share training facilities and safety programs. National statistics show the more an owner is involved in a project, the safer the projects are. We want to provide a communication forum that not only enhances safety, but provides a vehicle to make jobs more efficient and profitable. The Mechanical and Allied Crafts Council of New Jersey is among the first state-wide councils to emerge across the country and we're committed to the guidelines set forth by our International MAC council.