health insurance benefits

  • United Association– The home page of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada. From humble beginnings of 40 delegates representing 23 independent unions in 10 states and the District of Columbia, the United Association has grown to a powerful, international union representing almost 300,000 members in more than 400 local unions throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Pipefitting Education Center – For over 50 years, the Center has been committed to providing opportunities, careers, free tuition, great wages, health and welfare and pension. The Center is a registered Florida state apprenticeship program and is also affiliated with Miami-Dade county, Broward county, the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters – Washington DC. The Air Conditioning School is located in North Dade county, approximately 10 miles south of Broward county, and also offers classes in Coconut Creek, Florida. Classes are held at night to allow the student to work for one of our contractors full-time during the day.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield – As of 08/01/2006, ACRA Local 725 Health and Welfare Trust Fund hired Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida to administer and pay claims for medical and prescription drugs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield is one of the largest P.P.O Plans in the Country and by utilizing it saves our members and the Health and Welfare Trust Fund a considerable amount of money. You may go on their website at www.bcbsfl.com to see what doctors and medical facilities are in the network or you may call their toll free number which is 1-800-320-7091. Our group number is 64441001. You may also pick up a Provider Directory for South Florida at the Union Office.


  • Core Management Services will continue to be our Administrator for our Dental, Pension, 401 (k) Plans, and the Disability and Life Insurance Claims. Their toll free number is 1-888-741-2673. Please see our Newsletter link for more information on LU 725’s benefits.
  • Guardian Dental Coverage – From cleanings to braces, dental plans help you and your family to control the costs of dental care. Regular dental care helps keep your mouth healthy. Dental Maintenance Organization (DMO®)* is most often a lower-cost insurance plan. You choose a primary care dentist. If you need to see a specialist, your primary care dentist gives you a referral. If your plan covers orthodontia, you do not need a referral to see a DMO orthodontist. You get peace of mind with no deductibles or annual maximums.If you want more options when you choose dentists, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)** or participating dental network (PDN) may be for you. With these plans, you can visit any dentist you want. You never need a referral. But costs usually are lower if you choose a dentist who is part of the PPO or PDN. Deductibles and annual maximums may apply.
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America – Their more than 1,800 members are dedicated to excellence and committed to quality. MCAA members deliver construction that moves quickly, efficiently, problem free and safe. Through access to MCAA’s extensive array of education and training programs, MCAA contractors acquire continuing education in the best business practices and the latest technological developments. Together, MCAA contractors and UA mechanics ensure a high return on your construction investment by delivering know-how, experience, dedication and pride.
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of South Florida – The Mechanical Contractors Association of South Florida (MCASF) serves the unique needs of approximately 65 firms in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise.
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration – OSHA strives to eliminate workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths so that all of America’s workers can return home safely every day. Their goal is to identify workplace safety and health problems and apply a comprehensive strategy that combines common sense regulation; a firm, fair, and consistent enforcement policy.
  • U.S. National Labor Relations Board – The NLRB is an independent Federal agency created in 1935 to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB conducts secret-ballot elections to determine whether employees want union representation and investigate and remedy unfair labor practices by employers and unions.
  • Special Offset – Local 725 member Clarence Lohmann has developed a calculator to solve 3 different types of special offsets. The calculator eliminates the need for trigonometry formulas and tables. It will solve for the unknown degree of an ell to make a offset using an 90′ ell and an unknown ell, using a tee and an unknown ell, and two ells of an unknown degree back to back. For more information, visit www.specialoffset.com or e-mail Clarence at cel@specialoffset.com.