Over 60 years of History, Experience and Tradition
The Plumbing Contractors Association of Long Island started out as two organizations Nassau and Suffolk, divided by the county line. The Suffolk group was incorporated in 1953 as the Suffolk County Plumbing & Heating Contractors Association by J. Ozias Kaufman, Esq. Twelve years later, the Nassau County association was born and incorporated as the Association of Employing Plumbing Contractors of Nassau County.
The similarity of the organizations’ goals and purposes and the potential strength they would have as one united organization led to their joining together in 1989. As with most marriages, this one, too, led to a name change, happily to the much shorter Plumbing Contractors Association of Long Island (PCALI).
On December 11, 1989, Richard M. Leo, Business Manager, PLU #775 of Suffolk and Christian B. Lister, Business Manager, PLU #457 of Nassuau were officially notified of the consolidation and told that all existing contractual obligations would be honored and that the new association would act as the bargaining agent with the two locals.
PCALI’s first official meeting was held on January 9, 1990 where Robert Ruggiero was elected President and Dominick D’Elia was elected as Secretary. Joseph L. Kaufman, Esq. was hired to serve as Executive Secretary to coordinate and organize the affairs of PCALI.
Since then, PCALI and its members have served as the Plumbers Local 200 contractors’ representative in contract negotiations and the employer trustees on the Plumbers Local 200 Fringe Benefits Funds. In addition, PCALI members have also organized educational seminars, ran a charity golf outing that has donated to the Wounded Warriors and Cystinosis Research Network and worked to bring attention to the issues facing the plumbing industry and its union members on Long Island.