Union or Non-Union, That is the Question

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The BP Group value their field personnel just as they would they’re workforces whom are in the office on a day-to-day basis. All field technicians are proud members of local 638, Metal Trades Division. Individually, at the beginning of their career, all BP technicians were enrolled in and graduated from local 638’s Metal Trade’s interactive service fitters educational fund school. Unions have many beneficial aspects not only to the individual but to the employer as well.

The BP Group understands and utilizes the unlimited qualities local 638 prides themselves on. The school trains their members to understand and learn the skills needed to master the trade in a competitive setting. The members are trained in both the classroom setting as well as workshops to get a feel for the manual work they will be preforming everyday.

BP technicians are obligated attend the school. The school spans a total of 3 years: 2 years – one day a week for two 13-week sessions and 1 year – two nights a week for two 13-week sessions. The BP Group is extremely attractive to union members because the company pays for their technician’s education at the school in its entirety while giving their techs the ability to earn a steady income as an employee while completing their education.

The service fitters educational fund school itself also offers Journeymen upgrade classes after hours free of charge for members who are interested in advancing their trade education. The only time members will be charged is under a circumstance where a certification fee exists.

One may wonder, why hire union technicians over those not associated with a union? The answer is simple, union technicians have been properly trained since their first day as a member of the brotherhood. The school educates and trains their members on new equipment and new technology, teaches theory from the books and displays its application in the field almost simultaneously. Union members come to work at companies having all of the necessary certifications and represent a sense of unity throughout the field environment based on their union values and quality of workmanship.

When BP assigns their technicians to a jobsite, they rest assured that they have quality individuals with proper training representing their company name. Union labor represents worth, value, and excellence; all of which the BP Group appreciates. In partnership with Local 638, The BP Group recognizes their technicians worth!


BP’s Headway Into the Future

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The BP Group prides itself on staying one step ahead of their competitors both internally and externally. There is always something new to learn, a new market trend, a new strategy, and original innovative ways to increase productivity. This past June valued employees Alberto Ruiz and Noel Judge represented the BP Group at MCAA’S “The Company of the future: People, Communication, and Productivity Mid-year Conference,” in Indianapolis eager to gather innovative theories on connecting, efficiency, and productivity.

The three-day conference was packed with beneficial material that supports The BP Groups business plan. Future trends in communication, benefits of technology for your operation, legality, professional letter writing, project meetings, collaborative brain storming, decision making, internal communications, and personal action lists are just a few of the seminars that were hosted during the conference.

The MCAA encourages all contractors to apply technology into their day-to-day business to further productivity, yet couldn’t overstate enough that personal conversations, meetings and phone calls are irreplaceable. Interaction with a personal touch is imperative and essential to any successful business relationship.

Ruiz explains after attending the conference, “I now encourage my team to become more involved in turnover or kickoff meetings. This has helped us become more informed and gives the ability to begin a project properly. I have also applied added levels of communication to our team meetings regarding collaboration practices for all projects. Our functional approach is focused on team accomplishments instead of individual.”

The action packed conference schedule gave a broad overview of the current business and where it is heading. The structure of the business will remain the same, yet as a company, we need to be able to adapt with the times and stay ahead of the industry trends. The BP Groups strategy is to keep their internal family intrigued in the company as well as their individual careers. Knowing the future industry trends and understanding what it takes to stay ahead of competitors’ is where BP employee professionalism shines.

Attending industry events such as MCAA’s mid-year conference is crucial to future business growth. The BP Group obtains the ability to gain exclusive knowledge from professional speakers, network with other national industry leaders, understand and learn to apply personal professional paths and goals, as well as enlighten fellow BP co-workers with their experiences and new expertise upon their return.