Health & Welfare

Automatic Sprinkler Local 281, U.A. Welfare Fund is partnering with Viveka Health to bring a Mobile App to the Participants of the Fund. With the Viveka Health App, you will have instant access to your eligibility, medical information, and a whole lot more:

Get started! It’s Simple.  Scan the QR code below

Health and Welfare History

Automatic Sprinkler Local 281, U.A. Welfare Fund was established November 12, 1952.

The original agreement and Declaration of Trust entered into on the 12th day of November 1952 by and between National Automatic Sprinkler and Fire Control Association of New York and Chicago Journeymen Sprinkler Fitters and Apprentices Local Union 281 of the United Association, was established to provide health insurance for “eligible employees” under the Jurisdiction of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

L.U. 281 Trustees
Bryan LaRoche - Chairman
Neal McLaughlin - Trustee
Employer Trustees
Lance Gunnells - Secretary
Alex Sui - Trustee

Tim Morrin - Welfare Fund Administrator
Kelly Jo Lavko - Assistant Fund Administrator
Katie Hummer - Claims Manager
Mary Mitchell - Fund Representative
Erica Veugeler - Fund Representative

The term “eligible employee” shall include:

  1. All employees and dependents of employers
  2. Retired employees
  3. Union employees.
At the time of the original agreement, there were 350 members, and the funding mechanism was 7-1/2 cents per hour for each man- hour of work.

To say we have come “a long way” would be an understatement. The current membership has grown to over 1422 members and the contribution rate is $14.20 per man- hours worked.

“The Fund” is totally self- insured and administered from our office at 11900 S. Laramie, Alsip, IL. “The Fund” includes medical, prescription, dental and eye care.

Fund Office inquiries (708) 597-1832
Fund Office fax number (708) 371-7562

Benefits News

Empower Health Biometric Screenings - (10/31/2022)

January 2023

2023 Early Detection and Prevention Biometric Health Screening Program

The Fund is pleased to announce you, your spouse, and your eligible dependent children who are at least age 18, will have the opportunity to participate in the 2022 Early Detection and Preventative Biometric Health Screening Program.  Empower Health Services (EHS) will provide, at zero out-of-pocket cost, blood testing, disease management, health coaching and medical reports.  EHS will offer eligible Health & Welfare Fund participants the option of scheduling their testing at any Lab Corp facility throughout the country, at a date and time convenient for them.  

The tests you choose to have done are not meant to replace your physician but are meant to improve communication with your physician at your next appointment. The Fund would like to do our part to ensure you have the necessary resources to live a healthy life.  This process will give you:

A thorough preventative health evaluation 
On-line and printable health education materials
Comprehensive 37-panel test
Full lab analysis report with the ability to send it to your primary care physician
TSH & PSA testing based on age and gender
Hemoglobin A1c Assesses blood sugar levels over the past 90 to 120 days. This test can help diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. 
Immediate Intervention and Targeted Outreach coaching
How to Register for your Lab Health Evaluation:

Included is a flyer about the various aspects of the preventative health program and how to register online. This is not the same registration site used for previous EHS screenings, all participants must create a new account.  You will now find the registration process much easier with the new EHS website, at  The registration and consent form can be completed through the EHS website, just follow the steps included in the flyer to get started! The client code for all eligible Fund Participants is sprinkler281EHS.  

You can also call EHS at 1-866-367-6974 or email for assistance.

Once you are registered, you will receive an email confirmation and a link to Labcorp, to schedule your biometric screening bloodwork. When registering for your appointment on the Labcorp site, please be sure to select the option, “I have already paid or someone else in responsible.” EHS invoices the Fund for each Participant that utilizes these services, so you will not need to produce your Blue Cross Blue Shield ID card for payment purposes. This is a zero out of pocket benefit for all eligible Participants of the Plan.

Other Helpful tips for your Labcorp visit:
Is it recommended that you fast 8 hours as health conditions permit
Bring your state ID or Driver's License
Please drink water prior to your appointment and take any prescribed medications as directed

Past Biometric Health Screening Program benefits were only available from September through December.  The Trustees of the Fund have now decided to include this as a year-round benefit based on each calendar year. This year’s benefit starts on January 1, 2023, and will be available through December 31, 2023, provided you register before December 30, 2023, and get your screening completed by December 31, 2023. Each following year will have the same timelines for screening within the calendar year. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Early Detection and Prevention Biometric Health Screening Program, please contact the Fund Office at (708) 597-1832 or Empower Health Solutions at (866) 367-6974.


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