Training is our future. Other than safety, this is one our highest priorities. With a $100-million annual training budget, 1,500 fulltime instructors, and 250 programs across North America, today's UBC offers the finest training in the industry. Nobody else comes close. And UBC training is always FREE to members. In Alaska, the ARCC provides an initial pre-apprentice training. Then we provide a four-year federally registered apprenticeship program. Our comprehensive apprenticeship curriculum will enable you to become the highly skilled journeymen that today's industry and technology demand. Once you graduate and become a journeyman, the training doesn't stop. The ARCC provides for continuing education through journeyman upgrade classes that cover a wide range of skills developed in partnership with our signatory employers to meet their customer's needs in today's industry.
This contract spells out the wages, hours of work, work rules, and all terms and conditions of employment. It even provides for a fair grievance and arbitration procedure so your voice can be heard. Even so, grievances are rarely filed because we want to work things out before they become problems. Remember, we strive to make our signatory employers more competitive. We want the job to run smooth and finish on time or ahead of schedule with no accidents. That means more employment for you. That can only happen if we work together.
A contract establishes our wage rates for the term (length) of the Agreement as well as for the different types of work done. Different crafts and types of job positions deserve different pay. The wage rates also include compensation for health & welfare insurance coverage, pension benefits, and training. This and other types of considerations are all spelled out in the contract.
As a UBC member, you earn health and welfare coverage through hourly contributions from your wage package. This insurance covers you and your dependants and includes medical, prescription, dental, optical, accidental death & dismemberment, retiree health subsidy, and other coverage. Both Health and Welfare and Pension benefits are administered by a jointly managed (labor and management) Trust. Check with our Trust administrator for plan details.
As a UBC member, you earn pension and retirement benefits through hourly contributions from your wage package. Depending on your location, craft, and job position, you can earn a defined benefit monthly pension and/or defined contribution mutual funds. Both Health and Welfare and Pension benefits are administered by a jointly managed (labor and management) Trust. Check with our Trust administrator for plan details.
Depending on your experience and work history, you can enter the UBC as an apprentice or journeyman. Through approved programs like Helmets to Hardhats and Alaska Works Partnership you can even enter the apprenticeship with advanced placement. It doesn't stop there. As a UBC Member, you will have access to a Union-provided referral service for employment across the US and Canada.