UA Standard of Excellence


To ensure the UA Standard for Excellence platform meets and maintains its goals, the Local Union Business Manager, in partnership with his implementation team, including shop stewards and the local membership, shall ensure all members:

• Meet their responsibilities to the employer and their fellow workers by arriving on the job ready to work, every day on time (Absenteeism and tardiness will not be tolerated.)

• Adhere to the contractual starting and quitting times, including lunch and break periods (Personal cell phones will not be used during the workday with the exception of lunch and break periods.)

• Meet their responsibility as highly skilled crafts workers by providing the required tools as stipulated under the local Collective Bargaining Agreement while respecting those tools and equipment supplied by the employer

• Use and promote the local union and international training and certification systems to the membership so they may continue on the road of lifelong learning, thus ensuring UA crafts workers are the most highly trained and sought after workers

• Meet their responsibility to be fit for duty, ensuring a zero tolerance policy for substance abuse is strictly met.

• Be productive and keep inactive time to a minimum

• Meet their contractual responsibility to eliminate disruptions on the job and safely work towards the on-time completion of the project in an auspicious manner.

• Respect the customers’ property (Waste and property destruction, such as graffiti, will not be tolerated.)

• Respect the UA, the customer, client and contractor by dressing in a manner appropriate for our highly skilled and professional craft (Offensive words and symbols on clothing and buttons are not acceptable.)

• Respect and obey employer and customer rules and policies

• Follow safe, reasonable and legitimate management directives



Under the UA Standard for Excellence it is understood, that members through the local union, and management through the signatory contractors, have duties and are accountable in achieving successful resolutions.


• The Local Union and the Steward will work with members to correct and solve problems related to job performance.

• Job Stewards shall be provided with steward training and receive specialized training with regard to the UA Standard for Excellence.

• Regular meetings will be held where the job steward along with UA Supervision will communicate with the management team regarding job progress, work schedules, and other issues affecting work processes.

• The Job Steward shall communicate with the members about issues affecting work progress.

• The Business Manager or his delegate will conduct regularly scheduled meetings to discuss and resolve issues affecting compliance of the UA Standard for Excellence policy.

• The Steward and management will attempt to correct such problems with individual members in the workplace.

• Individual members not complying with membership responsibility shall be brought before the Local Union Executive Board, which will address such members’ failure to meet their obligation to the local and the UA, up to and including filing charges. The Local Union’s role is to use all available means to correct the compliance problem.


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