We’re proud to announce that workers from Atalian Suburban Mechanical have taken a huge first step in joining Pipefitters Local 537. Their workers have voted to join our union, through a National Labor Relations Board Election, and we could not be prouder to be representing them in their first union contract negotiations.
“We look forward to bringing on these dedicated, experienced workers from Atalian Suburban Mechanical, and welcoming them to the team,” said Business Manager Thomas Kerr. “During these uncertain economic times, the bravery to organize here is almost unheard of. It speaks to the value that we bring as individuals and as a collective force here at Local 537.”
Suburban Mechanical is a local shop, with locations in Braintree and Stoughton, MA. In 2017, they were acquired by Atalian Global Services, a French facilities management company. The company has undergone numerous management changes in the past few years which has affected working conditions. These workers are experienced in pipefitting, HVAC-R, plumbing, and building maintenance.
Local 537 Organizer Chris Brennan underscored the importance of collaborating with these individuals both in spite of and because of the pandemic.
“Workers uniting is more important than ever right now, but comes with unique challenges,” said Brennan. “We met up in socially distanced parking lots, wore masks, and worked in unconventional ways to help get Atalian Suburban Mechanical employees a collective voice.”
We look forward to negotiating in good faith for their first Union contract with Atalian Suburban, per National Labor Relations Board instructions, and expanding our Union family.