Updated Strike Information - (6/1/2017)
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Union and the Contractors’ Association expires, by its terms, on May 31, 2017. The Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A. Negotiating Committee has met with the National Fire Sprinkler Association Contractors’ Negotiating Committee on several occasions to negotiate a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement.
At the Regular Monthly meeting held on Thursday, May 13, 2017 the members of Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A. overwhelmingly authorized the Business Manager and Executive Committee, on advice from the Union’s Negotiating Committee, to call a strike if a successor Collective Bargaining Agreement was not agreed to by 12:00 A.M. on June 1, 2017.
The members of Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A. will be on strike against the contractors that have assigned their bargaining rights to the National Fire Sprinkler Association. The Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A. Negotiating Committee has notified the National Fire Sprinkler Association Contractors that there will be a work stoppage by members of Local 281, U.A. effective at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
All Local 281, U.A. Signatory Contractors that have not assigned their bargaining rights to the National Fire Sprinkler Association have been given the opportunity to sign an Independent Interim Agreement. This Interim Agreement will allow the members of Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 281, U.A., that are employed by contractors that have opted to sign this Interim Agreement, to continue to work while a successor agreement is negotiated. Please note, however, that not all Independent Contractors have elected to sign this Interim Agreement, and we are continuing to sign these Independent Contractors to Interim Agreements.
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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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