Brothers and Sisters,

We all know that with proper training and oversight, workers who install and maintain refrigeration systems can install efficient, environmentally-friendly systems and save consumers and business owners money, but there is currently no licensing requirement in Massachusetts for under 10 ton systems.

A proposed bill, An Act relative to refrigeration technicians, would require all refrigeration technicians in Massachusetts to obtain licenses in order to install, repair, maintain, or replace any part of refrigeration systems with under 10 ton capacity. These requirements would ensure that such work is conducted by skilled technicians with sufficient education and preparation. As a result, systems will be installed correctly and ensure energy efficiency, environmental protection, and cost savings for homeowners and consumers. This legislation would increase safety and quality standards for refrigeration jobs, as well as increase employment for union members. 

Together, let’s urge our elected officials to pass this legislation and set commonsense standards for our industry, protect consumers, and protect the environment. 

Make your voice heard: Contact your legislators today to help create a safer Massachusetts for workers and communities!

In solidarity,

Daniel T. O’Brien
Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer
Pipefitters Local 537