The Ironworker Employer Association of Western Pennsylvania is a Trade Association of union contractors who perform work throughout the region utilizing iron workers from Local 3, Pittsburgh, PA and Local 772, Clearfield, PA. The Association was founded in 1956 to develop and foster a labor/management relationship which would benefit the Union Construction Industry throughout the years. To help accomplish this, the following goals and objectives were established:
The IWEA has developed specific criteria for membership in the organization. The information below will clearly define the types of membership and what can be expected from your participation in the organization.
Classes of Members
The Association has three classes of membership:
A) Regular Member – is broken down into two classifications: Building Industry Members and Heavy Highway Members.
1. Building Industry Members – shall be an individual firm, partnership, and/or corporation who is engaged in the erection of structural steel and/or other related items to the Ironworking Industry. These materials would be erected in conjunction with bridges, commercial and industrial maintenance structures, as well as other related buildings or structures. Each Building Industry Member shall be entitled to vote and hold an Association elected office.
2. Heavy Highway Members ? shall be an individual firm, partnership, or corporation who is engaged in the erection of reinforcing materials and fence erection on heavy highway designated type projects such as bridge decks, bridge piers, water and sewage treatment plants, and other types of structures as identified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Each Heavy Highway Member shall be entitled to one vote at any General and/or Heavy Highway Meeting of the Association and may hold an Association elected office.
B) Associate Member ? shall be any individual, firm, partnership, or corporation who has an appropriate relationship to the Ironworking Industry and to the Association; such as rental companies, fabricators, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, vendors and/or suppliers who represent worthy products or services that are used by Association Members and Contractors in the Ironworking Industry. An Associate Member shall be entitled to all privileges of the Association except it shall not have voting rights or be entitled to hold Association office.
C) Affiliate Member ? shall be any individual, firm, partnership, or corporation who has a relationship with the Ironworking Industry and/or the Association but which is not engaged to any on-site construction or maintenance work. Members in this class would consist of attorneys, accountants, insurance agencies, etc. An Affiliate Member shall be entitled to all privileges of the Association except it shall not have voting rights or be entitled to hold Association office.
All Building Industry Members and Heavy Highway Members shall designate their membership, in writing, on a form provided by the Association in one of the following two categories:
A. Bargaining Unit Member ? a Bargaining Unit Member shall be one which voluntarily assigns its collective bargaining rights to the Association. A member in this category is entitled to one vote at all General and/or Building Industry Meetings of the Association. This membership classification is entitled to hold all Association elected offices.
B. Non-Bargaining Unit Member – a Non-Bargaining Unit Member is one which does not assign any collective bargaining rights to the Association. Non-Bargaining Members shall not be able to participate or vote on any issue/s which relate to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This group of members shall hold an International Agreement with the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Washington, DC. Non-Bargaining Members cannot be officers of the Association. However, they may be on its Board of Directors. No more than two (2) Non-Bargaining Members can be on the Board at any one time.
Designation, in either category, must be made at the time of initial membership application. A legitimate change in category can only be made in writing and must be approved by the Board of Directors of this Association prior to such change being final.