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Union Partnerships

TVA is one of the top employers across the Tennessee Valley and our contractors are a vital part of the TVA family.

As the Tennessee Valley grows, we continue to rely heavily on our labor partners to provide skilled craft workers to meet our labor needs and reflect the communities we serve. We draw strength from diverse experiences and knowledge while actively cultivating an inclusive work environment to meet our mission.

As TVA executes its near-term business plan, the need to capture a greater portion of the skilled trades and craft labor pool will be critical to continue providing low-cost, reliable, resilient and clean energy to the people of the Valley.

To attract the best workers, we work closely with all of union partners. In particular, North America’s Building Trades Unions serves an integral role to ensure TVA’s partner contractors can staff their work with the most highly skilled craft worker available.

Our Union Partners

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

The IBEW and TVA worked hand in hand to create the IBEW-TVA Code of Excellence, which has resulted in improved quality work as well as positive safety trends.

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International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)

You’ll find IAM machinists in aerospace, transportation, the federal government, automotive, defense, woodworking and several other industries.

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United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)

The UA offers training in plumbing, pipefitting and allied services (such as sprinkle fitters).

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International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (Boilermakers)

The Boilermakers has plenty to offer, including a well-respected apprenticeship program and a new program called Welding Bootcamp.

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Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)

LIUNA members are a skilled and experienced union workforce, who are trained to work safely in the construction and energy industries.

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International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

Operating Engineers specialize in the operating of heavy equipment, cranes, and other heavy industrial machinery.

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International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters)

Teamsters are responsible for long and short haul trucking, transportation of bulk materials, fuels, and serve as material handlers at TVA.

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International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)

BAC members are skilled in bricklaying, restoration work, stone/marble/cement work, plaster, tile setting, terrazzo, and various other finishes.

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International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)

Members of the IUPAT are responsible for finishing work in industrial and commercial work sites – including painting, drywall, glaziers, glass work, floor covering, and other associated finishing work.

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Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA)

Members of OPCMIA finish interior walls and ceilings, apply plaster on various surfaces, and responsible for concrete construction.

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International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART)

SMART members perform architectural work, fabricate, install, and modify sheet metal, HVAC work, shipbuilding, and various other industrial work involving sheet metal.

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United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (UURWAW)

Responsible for installation of all types of roofing and waterproofing systems, including low-sloped roofing systems, structural waterproofing, and building envelopes.

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International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (HFIAW)

The HFIAW, aka Energy Conservation Specialists, dovetails with TVA’s own focus on electrification and energy efficiency.

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United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of Americas (UBC)

The UBC leads the way in training, educating, and representing the next generation of skilled labor, as well as preparing for the advanced techniques of tomorrow.

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International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IW)

Ironworkers are responsible for assembly and installation of metal work in new buildings, and are responsible for repair and renovation of structures using reinforced concrete and steel.

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Engineering Association (EA)

EA members perform engineering work, technician work, scientific work, provide programmatic support, and support TVA’s Information Technology business initiatives.

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Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)

OPEIU members perform a wide range of professional, administrative, and clerical support at TVA.