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  • 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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Will and Grundy Counties Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Tue, Dec 12, 2017


Sprinks Unofficial Christmas Party
Mon, Dec 11, 2017


Rose Schwingel Nicolais
Mon, Dec 11, 2017


Apprentice Classes
Thu, Dec 7, 2017


Union Meeting Reminder
Wed, Dec 6, 2017


Brother Richard Smith
Thu, Nov 30, 2017


Membership Letter
Wed, Nov 22, 2017


Pat Goebig Fundraiser
Mon, Nov 13, 2017


Brother Dave Motkowicz
Mon, Nov 6, 2017


New Apprentice Classes Update
Fri, Oct 27, 2017


Support Democrat Jim Murphy
Wed, Oct 25, 2017


Visit the Members Only Section
Fri, Oct 20, 2017


Thomas M. Collins Scholarship
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

There will be three (3) $2,000 scholarships awarded at the December 7, 2017 Union Meeting.


New OSHA Guidelines
Wed, Sep 27, 2017


Chicago Fire Protection
Wed, Sep 27, 2017


Brother Dan Koialovitch
Tue, Sep 26, 2017


A Note from the Business Manager, Dennis Fleming
Wed, Sep 20, 2017


Union Dues Reminder
Tue, Sep 12, 2017


Hurricane Irma Resources
Mon, Sep 11, 2017


Financial Advisors at the Open House
Thu, Sep 7, 2017


Union Meeting Reminder
Tue, Sep 5, 2017


Sprinkler Fitters Local 709 on Strike
Thu, Aug 31, 2017


Buona Beef Update
Mon, Aug 28, 2017


CBA Summary and Current CBA
Sun, Aug 6, 2017


Local 434 Brother Eddie Scmidt
Thu, Jul 27, 2017


Support for Compass Business Park
Mon, Jul 17, 2017


Wage Rage Explanation
Wed, Jun 28, 2017


Dues Reminder
Tue, Jun 27, 2017


Overtime Work
Mon, Jun 26, 2017


Brother John Pruemer
Thu, Jun 22, 2017


CBA Ratified
Tue, Jun 20, 2017


Tentative Agreement for Ratification
Fri, Jun 16, 2017


The Strike is Over
Fri, Jun 16, 2017


Know Your Union Rights
Thu, Jun 15, 2017


Negotiations Update
Tue, Jun 13, 2017


Strike Update Information
Fri, Jun 9, 2017


CBA Fact Sheet
Thu, Jun 8, 2017


Emergency, Service and Repair Work Information
Wed, Jun 7, 2017


Contractors NOT Permitted to Perform Sprinkler Work
Tue, Jun 6, 2017

Updated Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. - We will continue to update as contractors sign an interim agreement.  Please click headline above for the list.


Contractors Permitted to Perform Sprinkler Work
Tue, Jun 6, 2017

Updated Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. - We will continue to update as contractors sign an interim agreement.  Please click headline above for the list. 


Union Paid COBRA for Members on Strike
Mon, Jun 5, 2017


Strike Pay Information
Mon, Jun 5, 2017


Collective Bargaining Update
Sat, Jun 3, 2017


Updated Strike Information
Thu, Jun 1, 2017


Strike Support
Wed, May 31, 2017


On Strike
Wed, May 31, 2017

Click on the headline to learn more.


Active PLA Projects in Local 281 Territory
Wed, May 31, 2017

PLA List 2017


Return of Company Owned Property
Wed, May 31, 2017


Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
Tue, May 30, 2017


Inspections
Mon, May 1, 2017


Application Process Now Closed
Tue, Apr 18, 2017


Local 281 Hockey Team Championship
Sat, Apr 15, 2017


NBC 5 News Report
Wed, Feb 15, 2017


Election Results
Thu, Feb 2, 2017


Pay Cut for American Workers Act
Thu, Jan 26, 2017


Wage Rate Explanation
Wed, Jan 11, 2017


Fire Sprinkler Saves Evanston High Rise...Again!
Wed, Dec 21, 2016


Financial Assistance Available
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


Report Unsafe Work Conditions
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


Burn Trailer Rental
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


An App to Benefit Sprinkler Advocates
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


Know Your Rights
Wed, Jun 8, 2016


SIS Fund Contribution
Sun, Jun 5, 2016


Pay Day Savings Bank Accounts
Thu, Jun 2, 2016


Local 669 Territory
Mon, May 16, 2016


Fire at White Sox Park
Fri, Apr 8, 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?


High Rise Fire
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


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


ABC Channel 7 News Story
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151122/streeterville/tenants-trapped-john-hancock-garage-during-saturday-fire


Hancock Building Fire
Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Hancock.pdf


Like us on Facebook
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

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


NFPA Blog
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.




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