UA Local 38 Plumbers, Steamfitters & HVAC/R
San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino & Lake Counties
  • Local 38 Financial Forms

    Many Local 38 members are facing financial difficulties due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Here are the forms necessary to access your Vacation and Holiday accounts, and to apply for Local 38's supplemental unemployment benefit:

    Vacation/Holiday Advance form

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Local 38’s Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) is available only to members receiving unemployment payments from the California Employment Development Department (EDD), are on the Local 38 Out of Work List, and who meet the hours requirement. When submitting your Group SUB application make sure you include detailed proof of payment from EDD.”

    Group SUB Rules and Regulations

    Group SUB Application

    When completed, please return forms to the Trust Fund office. Email to or fax to (415) 626-2090.

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  • Master a Trade -- Build a Career
    Earn While You Learn

         Local 38's Apprenticeship Program is comprised of plumbing, steam fitting and refrigeration sections. Apprentices are members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, and graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to count themselves among the very best plumbers, steam fitters, refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanics in the world.

         To become one of Local 38's Craft Certified technicians, an apprentice must successfully complete 10,000 hours of combined classroom and on-the-job training. Apprentices start out making a percentage of the Union journey-level wage, and receive pay increases at the end of each six-month training period. They must attend evening classes on a weekly basis (with summers off) throughout the training period.

         Apprentices receive instruction in job safety and the fundamental skills required for working with the tools of the pipe trades. As apprentices advance through the program, their on-the-job training is supplemented with classroom instruction. Plumbing, Steamfitting and HVAC/R classroom topics include: pipe trades mathematics, drawings & blueprints, detailing, codes & regulations, control systems, hydronics, hands on training labs, and more. We use the latest technologies in both classroom and shop classes.


    Jun 03, 2015
    The UA Local 38 TrainingDepartment is responsible for administering the Apprentice Training and Supplemental Journeyman Training programs, as well as the union's Training Centers in San Francisco and Santa Rosa. The Training Department can be reached at: 2660 Newhall St.
    May 01, 2015

    Aug 09, 2021
    Journeyman Classes FALL 2023 The following are the Supplementary Journeyman Training Classes that will be offered through the Local 38 Training Department during the 2023 Fall Semester. To register, please contact the Local 38 Training Department by telephone at 415-562-3838 before Monday August 14th. Please indicate which classes you are interested in attending.
    Jul 20, 2020

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