The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, based in Washington, D.C., has 22,000 members participating in nine regional district councils across the country. The union represents members who apply all types of roofing and waterproofing systems, including but not limited to: all low-sloped roofing systems (vegetative and solar photovoltaic roofs), structural waterproofing, steep-sloped roofing systems and air barrier applications.
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-5646
Phone: (202) 463-7663
Fax: (202) 463-6906
Roofs have been necessary since our ancestors first stepped out of their caves and began building shelters using indigenous materials. While our modern-day coverings have come a long way from thatched roofs of grass and twigs, the principle remains the same—skilled craftsmen use their talents to provide lasting shelter and protection.
The International Slate and Tile Roofers Union of America was chartered by the American Federation of Labor on June 5, 1903. The International Brotherhood of Composition Roofers, Damp and Waterproof Workers received their AFL charter on Nov. 6, 1906.
From these beginnings, the two unions functioned independently but cooperatively for 13 years. In 1919, the organizations met in Pittsburgh and merged to form the United Slate, Tile and Composition Roofers, Damp and Waterproof Workers Association. The merged union grew from 1,600 members to more than 7,000 by World War II.
Construction blossomed after the war, with membership doubling by 1950. Steady growth marked the 1950s. By 1978, the union had 28,000 members. It was during that year the union adopted its new name, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, approved extensive revisions to the constitution and began a much-praised health and safety program.
Our work continues today with an emphasis on training, safety and cooperation. Our goal is to provide the safest and best-trained roofers in the industry for our signatory contractors.
Kinsey M. Robinson, International President
Robert J. Danley, International Secretary-Treasurer
INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS:
Douglas Ziegler, First
Thomas Pedrick, Second
Paul F. Bickford, Third
James A. Hadel, Fourth
Donald A. O'Blenis, Fifth
Richard R. Mathis, Sixth
Daniel P. O'Donnell, Seventh
Robert Peterson, Eighth
Michael A. Vasey, Ninth
Michael Stiens, Tenth
EXEC. DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATION:
Keith J. Vitkovich
DIRECTOR OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT:
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:
Erin C. McDermott
Nine District Councils serve as regional bodies for local unions. For more information on District Councils, click here