The Region's Team Of Northwest Indiana


Oilmen announce partnership with United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers 26

02/22/2016 2:23 PM -

Whiting, Ind. – February 22, 2016 – The Northwest Indiana Oilmen, “The Region’s Team,” have announced a partnership with the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 26 of Merrillville, the latest addition to the growing list of proud supporters of Oilmen baseball.

Given the blue-collar nature of the team’s image and the fact that Oil City Stadium was constructed by union workers, the pairing is all the more fitting.

“When the stadium was built, it was all unions working together,” Roofers Local Union 26 Business Manager Joe Pozzi said. “A lot of tradesmen and factory workers attend games there, showing their Region pride. With the amount of people that go to Oil City Stadium each summer, we know this will be an effective way to spread our message. This is something we’re excited to be a part of.”

The union has 325 members serving Northwest Indiana. Union roofers from Local 26 work hard to be the most efficient at their trade and demand quality work and service at every job. All members complete a four-year apprenticeship program that requires 6,300 hours, 608 of which are classroom related. Every journeyperson must complete 24 hours of continuous education per year.

Part of the message Roofers Union Local 26 seeks to spread is simply its existence. Pozzi said some people believe other crafts do roofing work and don’t realize there is a roofers’ union in Northwest Indiana.

Roofers Local Union 26 is excited to be involved with a team that showcases talented players from the Region and gives them a chance to continue playing the game at a high level. Community involvement has always been a high priority for both Union Local 26 and the Oilmen.

“We’re all about Northwest Indiana; our members are active in the community in other organizations,” Pozzi said. “Many of them coach little league, youth football or lead Cub Scouts. We live here, we work here, we spend our money here. We want people to use us in this area.”

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