About Us

About Us

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.

Our earliest records indicate that the Sprinkler Fitters in Chicago formed a union as early as 1886.  It was called Sprinkler Fitters Union 6087.  In 1901 the Sprinkler Fitters Union joined the United Association of Journeymen Plumbers, Gas Fitters, Steamfitters and Steamfitters Helpers to become Sprinkler Fitters Local 281.  In January of 1902 the President was T. J. Morris, Vice-President R.J. Hughes and Secretary was O.S. Anderson.  The Financial-Secretary report of May 8, 1902 showed 73 Fitters and 43 Helpers upon the books of this local.

We have been with the United Association since 1901. We currently have 861 active journeymen, 29 apprentices, and 423 retired members.  Some of the earliest members of the local have had relatives in the business to the present day -Cosson, Hagan, Lange, Quaid, Stebe, and Stocking.