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    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

Please log in to access the Members Only sections. If you do not have a UA Card Number please contact the UA Local 281 Union Office and they will provide you with your temporary password.

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Top News

Oak Lawn Residents - We Need Your Support!
Tue, May 24, 2016

Nelson Fire Protection is Hiring
Tue, May 24, 2016

Updated Unknown Apprentice Status
Mon, May 23, 2016

White Sox Advertising
Fri, May 20, 2016

Please listen this weekend for several broadcast advertisements about Fire sprinkler safety and our Local 281!

Local 669 Territory
Mon, May 16, 2016

June 2, 2016 Union Meeting
Wed, May 11, 2016

Labor Class
Thu, May 5, 2016

Job Opportunity Kalamazoo, Michigan
Thu, May 5, 2016

Job Opportunity, Griffith, Indiana
Thu, May 5, 2016

Crest Hill Fire
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Fire at White Sox Park
Fri, Apr 8, 2016

Sprinker System Saves Lives in Orland Park Retirement Home
Thu, Apr 7, 2016

Unknown Apprentice Status
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Sprinkler System in Evanston
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Job Opportunity
Mon, Mar 28, 2016

Will and Grundy Counties Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Election Results
Sun, Mar 6, 2016

Job Opportunity
Fri, Mar 4, 2016

Member Assistance
Thu, Mar 3, 2016

Trump Tower Fire
Thu, Mar 3, 2016

ABC News Channel 7 Newscast
Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Please tune in on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. for a special newscast by Chuck Goudie.  "What Went Wrong During the Hancock Fire?

2016 Election of Officers and U.A. Delegates
Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Job Opportunity Lima, Ohio
Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Brother Jack Clancy
Sat, Feb 27, 2016

Brother Jim Scheide
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

High Rise Fire
Wed, Feb 24, 2016

Job Opportunity
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Orland Park Parking Garage to be Sprinkled
Sat, Feb 20, 2016

Job Opportunity
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Local 281 Loses a Great One, Bill Dalton
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Updates to Pay Day Savings at the Private Bank
Mon, Feb 8, 2016

Nomination of Officers and Convention Delegates
Fri, Feb 5, 2016

Nominations were held at the Regular Monthly meeting on Thursday, February 4, 2016 for the upcoming election of Officers and Delegates to the 39th United Association Convention.  The election will be  held Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. 11900 South Laramie, Alsip, Illinois.

Retirees' Club
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Thank You Local 281 Members
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Billy Mitchell Unemployment Fund
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Job Opportunity Baxley, Georgia
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

SIS Fund Educational Meeting
Wed, Jan 6, 2016

Job Opportunity in Toledo, Ohio
Mon, Dec 14, 2015

Minneapolis Sprinkler Fitters Local 417
Mon, Dec 7, 2015

Thomas M. Collins Scholarship
Mon, Dec 7, 2015

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Thomas M. Collins Scholarships!
  • Nathan Manning, grandson of Bill Manning
  • Hanna Spodarek, daughter of Steve Spodarek
  • Victor Villagomez, son of Sam Villagomez

Thank you from The Salpacka Family
Sun, Dec 6, 2015

Memorial to the 57th Anniversary of the Our Lady of the Angels School
Wed, Dec 2, 2015

New Contractor
Wed, Dec 2, 2015

Please welcome a new signatory contractor, TPC Fire Protection, LLC operating out of Countryside, Illinois.

ABC Channel 7 News Story
Tue, Nov 24, 2015


Hancock Building Fire
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


CISCO is now accepting applications for the 2016 Scholarship Program
Mon, Nov 9, 2015

If you have any questions or require any assistance please call Gary Karafiat at the CISCO office at (630) 472-9411 or email gary@cisco.org.  Applications are available via the website of www.cisco.org.

Thomas M. Collins Scholarship
Mon, Nov 9, 2015

There will be three (3) $2,000 scholarships awarded at the December 3, 2015 Union Meeting.

Annual Toy Drive and Gift Card Collection
Mon, Nov 9, 2015

Like us on Facebook
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Please visit Facebook and watch the videos on our page:  Chicago Fire Sprinkler.

NWI Building Trades Council Endorsed Candidates
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Tue, Oct 6, 2015

For up to date information on fire service and sprinkler fitter advocates, please regularly visit the NFPA blog found on the "Links" section of this website.

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

For more information on High-Rise Fire Safety, please click here.  Below is a Playlist of videos related to Fire Sprinkler Systems.  Click 'Play All' to view all the videos.

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