The formal history of the South Jersey Mechanical
Contractors Association (SJMCA) started in 1971 but its
roots can be traced back much further. Camden and
Atlantic City were the population centers in the South
Jersey region before the turn of the 20th century. Atlantic
City was a premier vacation resort, bustling with summer
tourists. Hotels and restaurants soon were being built and
needed a trained workforce and contractors. Camden was a
bustling city with an industrial and manufacturing core that
needed skilled craftsmen and employers to meet the demand.
Local 121 was formed in Atlantic City and chartered in 1905.
Local 322 was formed in Camden and chartered in 1915.
The two unions bargained with the local contractors for over
70 years. However in the late 1960’s economic times brought
changes to the region and a new identity was being created.
The two locals merged and the two separate contractor groups
joined together to form the current SJMCA.
Today, the SJMCA provides a wide range of services on
behalf of contractors in the pipe trades industry.
SJMCA has promoted the advantages of union construction
throughout South Jersey, represented its contractors in
Washington and Trenton, and assisted in settlement of
jurisdictional disputes and labor contract agreements.
The Association is also an educator, industry spokesman,
safety advisor, a partner with other construction trades, an
information center and enthusiastic promoter of business and
industrial growth for the counties of South Jersey.
In 1997 SJMCA and UA Local 322 formed “The Alliance” to
promote and market union construction in our area. Together
we promote construction related education at Drexel
University and recognize outstanding Mechanical Engineering
students from Rowan University with a scholarship. We also
award grants to outstanding graduates of local vocational
schools and emphasize the benefits of the best trained work
force utilized by the contractors of the SJMCA.
We have also signed an Alliance Agreement with OSHA,
New Jersey Department of Labor, LU322 & the SJMCA.
The SJMCA membership is comprised of both large and small
mechanical and plumbing contractors, each with an equal
voice in the affairs and activities of the Association.
If you would like more information on how the SJMCA and its
members can help your business or organization, contact:
John J. Connors, Executive Director
The SJMCA is the only recognized and trusted liaison
between management and labor in South Jersey working with UA
- Collective bargaining agreements with UA Local 322
- Policy establishment through the Labor Management
- Job dispute resolution according to labor agreements
- Trusteeships on Taft-Hartley Health, Welfare,
Pension, Education and Apprenticeship funds
- Active participation on Apprenticeship training
- Support of Vocational Schools in South Jersey
- Support of the Math and Science Teachers Workshop
- Active participation in Forman Training
- Promotion of related Industry training
- Financial assistance for courses offered by Drexel
- OSHA safety courses
- Political Action Committee (PAC)
- Active in Industry issues in Trenton and Washington
- South Jersey Chamber of Commerce
- Southern New Jersey Development Council
- Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce
- New Jersey Business and Industry Association
OSHA Alliance Partner
- Develop training & education programs
- Deliver construction related safety & health courses
- Quarterly meetings with OSHA, NJDOL & WD’s, SJMCA,
- Raise awareness to workplace safety