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Union Meeting Reminder - (1/5/2017)

I would like to remind all members that Nominations for the vacated Offices of Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A., will be accepted from the floor at the regular monthly meeting on Thursday,January 5, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. Union Hall, 11900 S. Laramie Avenue, Alsip, Illinois.  The Offices to be elected areBusiness Representative (one to be elected), President (one to be elected), and Finance Committee (one to be elected).  The Officers elected in the Special Election shall fill the unexpired term of these Offices.


Please feel free to contact the Union Office in advance of the Nominations Meeting to verify your eligibility to be nominated for elected office or your eligibility to nominate a member for elected office.


The Special Election of Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A. will be held onThursday, February 2, 2017, at theSprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. Union Hall, 11900 S. Laramie Avenue, Alsip, Illinois.  In an effort to increase member participation, the polls will open at 12:00 noon and will remain open until 8:00 p.m.


There has been a change to United Association Constitution revised August 1-5, 2016 regarding Apprentices’ eligibility to vote.  The revised United Association Constitution states:


After successful completion of the third apprenticeship year, apprentices shall be entitled to voice and vote at Local Union meetings and in Local Union elections. Prior to successful completion of the third apprenticeship year, apprentices will have no voice and vote except where this is necessary to comply with federal, state or provincial laws. “


This does not, however, allow apprentices to be nominated or elected to hold Office.  The revised United Association Constitution states:


“Apprentices will not be entitled to hold office in any Local Union or in the United Association, and they will not be entitled to serve as delegates to the United Association Convention, until successful completion of their apprentice training and their achievement of journeyman status.”


Additional information regarding the election will be provided in a separate notice which will be mailed to all members of Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A. prior to the election.


In the case of a tie, a run-off election will be held at the regular monthly meeting onThursday, March 2, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. at the Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, U.A. Union Hall, 11900 S. Laramie Avenue, Alsip, Illinois.  The run-off election would only be for the candidates/offices that resulted in a tie at the Election of Officers. 


I encourage you to attend these very important meetings.


Thank you.



Dennis J. Fleming

Business Manager


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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.

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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!

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