Daniel White realized how rewarding a career in the unionized construction trades could be when he started out as a first-year apprentice plumber at 34 years old. From the in-depth training, attention to safety, pension, benefits and paid education, the UA has supported him every step of the way.
The craftsmanship and pride that goes into this type of work has shown White that a career in the construction trades is not just a secondary choice, but an amazing and lasting opportunity that one can take pride in.
White recognizes that plumbing isn’t just a job with a paycheque, but a fulfilling career with a prosperous future.
“We’re good. We’re hard workers. We’re warriors. Being Indigenous, we care so much about pride. It runs in my family,” said White. “When you step down off that ladder and you look at what you just did… You built that, and it’s not going to be gone tomorrow. That’s going to be around for a hundred years or more. Let’s get out there and show the world what we can do!”
UA Canada has a wide range of highly skilled individuals representing all aspects of the piping industry, including plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, welders, HVACR techs, instrumentation techs and sprinkler fitters.
At UA Canada, they understand it takes the right individual to succeed in the trades and having people like White promises new ideas and viewpoints to the table.
White hopes to see more youth get involved in the trades. “Whether you’re a woman, or Indigenous, or anyone, I hope you look into the trades. Even if one person reads this, and thinks to themselves, maybe I could do it. Just go for it. Why wouldn’t you? This is the best kept secret in Canada.”