Tentative Agreement for Ratification - (6/16/2017)
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
- Article 1 – No Changes
- Article 2 – No Changes
- Article 3 – No Changes
- Article 4 – No Changes
- Article 5 – No Changes
- Article 6
- Change Appendix D to “Addendum” D in Paragraph 4.
- Update the non-discrimination clause as to add the following categories: Disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identification or on any other basis prohibited by state or federal law.
- Article 7
- Add language stating that if an employee leaves the job before regular quitting time “he shall only be paid for the actual hours worked.”
- Add a definition of Emergency Work as “any work that has to be done immediately to return a system back to Standby Normal Service or any work to Repair a system in jeopardy of having to be taken out of Standby Normal Service.”
- Add a definition of Service Work as “scheduled maintenance or repair work on a fire sprinkler system.”
- Article 8 - The wage rates to be paid to journeyman sprinkler fitters shall be:
- June 1, 2017 - increase of $2.50 to be allocated by Local 281
- June 1, 2018 - increase of $2.75 to be allocated by Local 281
- June 1, 2019 - increase of $3.00 to be allocated by Local 281
- Add a provision stating that the employers may provide required pay information via email.
- Article 9
- The carfare for members performing work in the area bounded by Division Street to the north, Roosevelt Road to the south, Halsted Street to the west, and Lake Michigan to the east shall be increased from $5.00 per day to $8.00 per day.
- The reimbursement rate for Employees driving their own vehicle from job to job shall be increased from $0.35 to the IRS rate.
- Article 10 - No Changes
- Article 11 - No Changes
- Article 12 - No Changes
- Article 13 - No Changes
- Article 14 - No Changes
- Article 15
- Language is added to clarify that the term “wages” includes all “employee withholdings, including but not limited to Pay Day Savings deductions.”
- Article 16 – No Changes
- Article 17
- The contribution rates to be paid to the Health and Welfare Fund on behalf of apprentices indentured on or after June 1, 2017 shall be $6.00 for first and second year apprentices, $8.00 for third year apprentices, $10.00 for fourth year apprentices, and the full journeyman rate shall be owed for fifth year apprentices. The contribution rates on behalf of apprentices for all other Funds and all other provisions of Article 17 remain the same.
- Articles 18
- Add language allowing the Union to allocate to the H&W Fund.
- Articles 19
- Add language allowing the Union to allocate to the Pension Fund.
- Articles 20
- Add language allowing the Union to allocate to the Supplemental Pension Fund.
- Article 21 – No Changes
- Article 22 - No Changes
- Article 23 – No Changes
- Article 24 – No Changes
- Article 25
- A provision will be added requiring the Union to provide a bond compliance report to the Health and Welfare Trustees at each quarterly meeting.
- Article 26
- The effective dates of the collective bargaining agreement are updated to June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2020.
- Article 27 - No Changes
- Article 28 – No Changes
- Article 29
- The number of members on the Labor Management Cooperation Committee are reduced from 10 to 8.
- Article 30 – No Changes
- Article 31 – No Changes
- Addendum A will be updated to the current UA Articles of Jurisdiction.
- Addendum B – No Changes
- Addendum C will be replaced with the updated version of the Union’s Dues Checkoff Form.
- Addendum D – No Changes
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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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