Who We Are
The Voice for Union Construction
Located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.’s corridors of power, The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) occupies a unique space in the nation’s capital as the premier national trade association for the union construction and maintenance industry.
TAUC is made up of more than 1,800 contractor companies that utilize union labor for their projects, as well as local contractor associations and vendors in the industrial maintenance and construction fields.
TAUC’s mission is to act as an advocate for union contractors and enhance cooperation between the three entities involved in the successful completion of construction projects: the union, the contractor and the owner-client, the company for which the work is being completed. By encouraging this “tripartite dialogue,” many potential issues and delays are eliminated before work even begins.
We strive to demonstrate that union construction is the best option because it is safer and more productive, and also provides a higher-quality and cost-competitive product. We aim to enhance labor-management cooperation, workplace safety and health and collaboration among construction users with the greater goal of making union contractors more competitive in the marketplace.
Adaptation in the 21st Century
Founded in 1969 under the auspices of the National Erectors Association, the organization originally served as the voice for union steel erector companies. Over the years, however, the need became apparent for a single national organization to represent all industrial maintenance and construction companies that realize the value of the union workforce, and soon other non-steel erection contractors would join up as well. In recognition of this newfound diversity, in 2007 the association changed its name to The Association of Union Constructors.
Our Partners at the NMAPC
Another thing that sets TAUC apart is its close relationship with the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC). The 28-member committee is made up of an equal number of representatives from labor and management, and together with the help of a dedicated staff, administers a set of standardized project labor agreements whose terms unions and contractors agree to follow on industrial maintenance and construction projects. These agreements set forth a framework and procedure for nearly every conceivable aspect of the job: safety requirements, crew size, payroll procedures and wages, to name just a few. By using the National Maintenance Agreements as a template, everyone – from the union workers to the contractors to the owners – saves time and is able to more efficiently move forward and focus on getting the job done.
Legally, TAUC and NMAPC are two separate entities. However, they share the same office space and employees divide their time between the two organizations. All signatories to the National Maintenance Agreements are regular members of TAUC. This ensures the association has its finger on the pulse of the union construction industry and can adapt quickly to the needs of its members. TAUC has a top-flight team of labor relations and safety experts who are always available to help answer questions for our members (large and small) and provide time-saving advice.
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