• High Rise Fire Safety
    Is your high-rise building protected with a fire sprinkler system?

    It just might save your life!
  • Sprinkler Fitters & Apprentices
    Local 281 of the Chicagoland Area

Training Center

Proper and uniform training for persons who desire to become skilled journeymen through an orderly method of improving the mechanical skill and technical knowledge of apprentices in this industry.

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High-Rise Safety

Is your High-Rise building protected from potential death and destruction with a fire sprinkler system? Learn about the benefits of these property and life saving systems today!

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Health & Welfare

For active participants, retired participants and families, our site houses answers to frequently asked questions, a library of all the documents you need to manage your employee benefits, and more.

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Members Only

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Job Opportunity
Mon, Aug 31, 2015

Please see members only page for details.

Project Labor Agreement Vote
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

OSHA 30 Training Seminar
Wed, May 27, 2015

Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. is offering an OSHA 30 certification.

St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts
Wed, May 20, 2015

If you participated by walking with the membership during either the downtown or south side parade, a t-shirt has been ordered to show our appreciation of your support.  T-shirts are available for pick up at the Union Hall, and will also be available for pick up at the next Regular Monthly meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A. Members Only Raffle
Fri, Apr 3, 2015

Free Welding Seminar
Thu, Jan 22, 2015

New Sweatshirts and Hats in Stock!
Thu, Dec 4, 2014

Just in time for Christmas, there is a new style of sweatshirt available in hooded ($56) or crew ($49).  It is a charcoal gray with the sprinkler logo patch embroidered on the upper left side.  In addition, there are new skull caps available with the same embroidered sprinkler logo ($9).  They will be available to purchase at the Union Office.

Local 281 Upcoming Dates
Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Please check the Events Tab of this website to stay current on upcoming important dates and events!

Welcome to Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

At the United Association of Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281, we are responsible for protecting businesses, schools, homes, and, more importantly, precious lives, from the devastation of fire. It is no wonder we take our jobs so seriously.

Too many cut corners by not installing reliable automatic sprinkler systems. In the event of a fire, these shortcuts can lead to immeasurable damage. Statistics show that buildings with proper fire protection systems suffer twenty-four percent less damage and fire loss than unsprinkled properties.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 1983 to 1987, damage from hotel fires was seventy-eight percent less in buildings with sprinkler systems, than those without. The water damage from automatic sprinkler systems is considerably less than from a fire department's hose stream because sprinkler systems require a minimal amount of water to operate. Oftentimes, a fire is brought under control by only three sprinkler heads, sometimes even fewer.

With so much riding on the skills of our Sprinkler Fitters, it is critical that our journeymen receive the best training available. In addition to a rigorous apprenticeship program, many U.A. Sprinkler Fitters choose to expand their skills by voluntarily participating in advanced training programs.  Some even go on to become instructors through the United Association International Instructor Training Program.

The members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 are committed to providing quality installation, service and repair to the piping and fixtures used in sprinkler systems.  They know that when human lives are at stake, there is no room for error, and there might not be a second chance to get it done right. That is why the Sprinkler Fitters of Local 281 do the job right, the first time, every time.

Promotional Videos

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The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada, the parent Union of Local #281 in Chicago, has a long and proud history that goes back more than 100 years.
Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 are pipefitting specialists in fire protection. Our members install, repair and maintain all types of fire extinguishing systems. Please browse our new website to learn more about our members, new merchandise, and to receive up-to-date information about our organization.

Included on our website is our contractor list or you can contact us direct at Local 281 for your important fire protection needs!

Our Skills

  • New Installations
  • Retrofits or Maintenance
  • Professional Inspection
  • Testing and Service