About Us

Local 281 U.A. Sprinkler Fitters save lives and protect property, day in and day out . Our Members install, inspect, test, repair and maintain all types of fire extinguishing systems.  Please browse our website to learn more about our Members, merchandise, and to receive up-to-date information about our organization.

Our earliest records indicate that the Sprinkler Fitters in Chicago formed a union as early as 1886.  It was called Sprinkler Fitters Union 6087.  In 1901 the Sprinkler Fitters Union joined the United Association of Journeymen Plumbers, Gas Fitters, Steamfitters and Steamfitters Helpers to become Sprinkler Fitters Local 281. We have been with the United Association since 1901. We currently have 800 Active Journeymen, 187 Apprentices, and 435 Retired Members.