Benefits Information

Health & Welfare

Health and Welfare History

Local Union 281 U.A. Health and Welfare fund established November 12, 1952.

The original agreement and Declaration of Trust entered into on the 12th day of November 1952 by and between National Automatic Sprinkler and Fire Control Association of New York and Chicago Journeymen Sprinkler Fitters and Apprentices Local Union 281 of the United Association, was established to provide health insurance for “eligible employees” under the Jurisdiction of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Our current officers and staff are: 


Thomas M. Collins  

Neal McLaughlin

Timothy Morrin    

Kelly Jo Lavko    

Katie Hummer    

Mary Mitchell    

Erica Veugeler    

  Welfare Fund Trustee

Welfare Fund Trustee

Welfare Fund Administrator

Assistant Fund Administrator

Welfare Fund Representative

Welfare Fund Representative

Welfare Fund Representative

The term “eligible employee” shall include:
  1. All employees and dependents of employers
  2. Retired employees
  3. Union employees.
At the time of the original agreement, there were 350 members, and the funding mechanism was 7-1/2 cents per hour for each man- hour of work.

To say we have come “a long way” would be an understatement. The current membership has grown to over 1550 members and the contribution rate is $13.90 per man- hours worked.

“The Fund” is totally self- insured and administered from our office at 11900 S. Laramie, Alsip, IL. “The Fund” includes medical, dental and eye care.

Fund Office inquiries (708) 597-1832
Fund Office fax number (708) 371-7562