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    Is your high-rise building protected with a fire sprinkler system?

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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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Top News

Brother Walter Stanek
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Elwood Planning and Zoning Meeting
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Elwood Planning and Zoning Meeting
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

NCAA March Madness Event
Tue, Jan 9, 2018

Brother Bob Snell
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Brother Dave Motkowicz
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

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

Apprentice Classes
Thu, Dec 7, 2017

Union Meeting Reminder
Wed, Dec 6, 2017

Membership Letter
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

Pat Goebig Fundraiser
Mon, Nov 13, 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

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


Hancock Building Fire
Mon, Nov 23, 2015


Like us on Facebook
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

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

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