You’ll feel welcome at Local 488.
(Smart, too.)


This site is for people who are not already one of the 9,400 members of Northern Alberta’s Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 488.

We’re issuing a sincere invitation to qualified pipe trades journeymen and apprentices who live both in Alberta and elsewhere – whether or not they currently work union – to think seriously about making a smart career move and working with us in Local 488.

On this site, we’ll back up our invitation with details to show you – and your spouse – some very solid short- and long-term reasons for making the move to ‘work union’ in Alberta.

Local 488 is North America’s largest pipe trades union local, mainly because our jurisdiction includes Alberta's oilsands and areas further south where major upgrader and other types of plants are built.

We represent steamfitter/pipefitters, plumbers, welders, sprinklerfitters and refrigeration mechanics, as well as several other specialty trades.

In recent years, demand from our employers for skilled people has seen historic highs. However, that demand has moderated quite a bit. With a recovery in the oil price, we anticipate the prospect of more industrial construction 'action' here in Edmonton and Northern Alberta than anywhere else in the world!

In time, there will be more steady jobs in Alberta for skilled, qualified Journeymen who are willing to deliver a good day’s work for a great day’s pay.

We can connect you to your share of that work, and to the stability and incredible benefits of a career in your trade…as a member of your union.

Please, stay a while and check us out!

With us, you’ll find far more than jobs.

You’ll build a career.

UA L488 Member