St. Louis Union Roofers Local No. 2 and the Signatory Contractors established the Industry Advancement Fund to promote the unionized roofing industry within its jurisdiction. Since its inception more than seven years ago, the program has been a resounding success.
The mission of the IAF is to promote and maintain the unionized roofing industry within the jurisdiction of Roofers & Waterproofers Local No. 2 that includes the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis area. In addition, the IAF works to improve labor/management relations, job security and enhance economic development.
The IAF Committee is comprised of Local No. 2 and Signatory Contractor representatives. The group meets monthly to develop and implement various projects. Examples of this are donating time and materials to Habitat for Humanity and other charitable causes; advertisements in local media; a direct mail campaign to schools and professional organizations; representative visits to area schools and career day events; and an interactive web site. The Committee’s message to the community is, “Choose skill, choose Union Roofers & Waterproofers. Call on us. Count on us.”
The community, Local No. 2 members and the contractors concur that these efforts have enhanced the image and awareness of the roofing industry. Moreover, labor/management relations have been enhanced as a result of the IAF’s efforts.
The IAF is funded by the Signatory Roofing Contractors.