News and Events

Local 130 Happenings

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to you, the members, who have made our progress possible. Our very best wishes for a happy holiday season for you and your families, from Thanksgiving, through Christmas and into the new year of 2016.

Holiday Office Hours

  1. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th: All Offices Closed
  2. Friday, November 27th: All Offices except Aurora Open, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
  3. Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th: All Offices Close Early at Noon
  4. Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th: All Offices Closed
  5. New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31st: All Offices Close Early at 3:00 pm
  6. New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st: All Offices Closed

Holiday School Schedule

  1. No JAC Classes on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2015
  2. No JAC Classes from Thursday, December 24, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016
  3. Classes resume on Monday, January 4, 2016

Fraternally yours,

James F. Coyne, Business Manager
and the Officers of Plumbers Local 130 U.A.

Job Openings

Cook County has a position open for Plumbing Inspector. Click the link below for more details.

  1. Cook County – Plumbing Inspector
  2. Terry Plumbing – Service Plumber
  3. AMS Mechanical Systems, Inc. – Service Plumbers
  4. Phil Waltz Plumbing – Service Plumber

More Info > Job Openings

Join us at 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago for a Democratic Debate Watch Party.

Brother Joe Midonna (left) and Business Agent Jim Mansfield (right)

Brother Joe Middona

On Friday morning, there was a terrible jobsite accident in the South Loop that killed Brother Joe Middona. Joe, only 38 years old, was a 16-year Member of Local 130/Local 501 but more importantly was a husband and father. Joe is survived by his wife Miranda and three young sons.

Friends of the Joseph Middona Family have set up a GoFundMe account to help his family. If you wish to show your support of Joe’s young family please use the following to send a donation and your condolences or send a check to the Scholarship Fund below set up for his sons.

Joseph Middona Family Donations Link

The Middona Boys Scholarship Fund

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to “The Middona Boys Scholarship Fund” at Fifth Third Bank.

Funeral Services:

Visitation: Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 West State St., Geneva (map)
Service: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 400 Cedar St., St. Charles. (map)
Burial: Private
Funeral Home Website:

Funeral Arrangements and Donation Information Flyer

The funeral arrangements and donation information flyer below is available to download and post and or distribute.

Joe Midonna funeral and donation information

2015 Fall Edition of Plumbers Local 130 Newsletter

Is now available for download.

More Info > Local 130 Newsletter Vol 2 No 4

Local 98/Detroit is taking travelers!

Please contact Pat McCarthy at (312)421-1010 x115 for more information.

22nd Annual Local 130 Political Fund Football Raffle

Tickets on sale at Chicago Plumbers Hall. Price: $130.00 per ticket (2 Admissions Per Ticket)

  • Grand Prize: $10,000.00
  • 2nd Place Prize: $2,500.00
  • 3rd Place Prizes (2): Flat Screen Color TV’s
  • 4th Place Prizes (15): $130.00 each

Congratulations to our own Brian Lundy!

Brian won 1st Place at the 2015 International Apprentice Contest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Congratulations to the United Associations Number 1 Apprentice!

Local 130 23rd Annual Apprentice Contest.

Click the link below to see the results from the contest and a few photos of the 6/2/15 Plumbers’ J.A.C. Local Union 130, UA 23rd Annual Apprentice Contest. We are very proud of them all!

More info > Local 130 Apprentice Contest

Election Results

The election was held Tuesday, June 9th. Business Manager, James F Coyne won re-election by a majority vote.

Benefits Improvements Announcement

The Board of Trustees of the Plumbers’ Welfare Fund, Local 130 U.A. (“Active Plan”) and the Trustees of the Plumbers Local No. 130 Retiree Welfare Fund (“Retiree Plan”) are pleased to inform you that they have made improvements to the Active and Retiree Plan.

Click the links below for details.

More info > Active Plan Benefit Improvements

More info > Retiree Plan Benefit Improvements

2015 Plumbing Wage Packages

2015 Technical Engineering Wage Packages

The Illinois and Indiana Technical Engineering Division Wage and Fringe Benefit Packages effective June 1, 2015, can be found at the links below:

More info > Illinois – MARBA 2015 Wage Package

More info > Indiana – NWICA 2015 Wage Package

Residential and Service Agreements

There have been no changes to the National Residential Agreement or Service Agreement. Those Wage and Benefits Packages remain the same.

Notice of Election

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

At the regular monthly meeting on May 12, 2015 the nominations for Election of Officers was conducted. During the nominations, James F. Coyne was nominated for the office of Business Manager. This nomination received a second. At the same meeting, Ulick Sweeney nominated himself for Business Manager; however his nomination did not receive a second.

While the custom and practice of this Local Union is to require a second for nominations, the Local 130 By-Laws and the U.A. Constitution do not directly address the issue. As a result, the Election Judge has approved the nomination of Ulick Sweeney as a candidate for Business Manager.

All other offices had single nominations and are uncontested.

Therefore, an election for the Office of Business Manager will be held on Tuesday, June 9th, in the Plumbers Local 130 Hall, 1340 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please remember to bring your U.A. Card and a valid picture I.D. card with you.

In the event of a tie vote, thereby making a runoff necessary, such runoff will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 between the hours of noon and 8:00 p.m. at the Plumbers Local 130 Hall, 1340 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.

Please come out to vote and participate in the democratic process of your Union.

Fraternally yours,
Thomas E. Gavin
Recording Secretary

Illinois Valley FOL, AFL-CIO, Union Families Scholarships

The Illinois Valley Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Union Families Scholarships are available to Union members and their dependents, who are in good standing and affiliated with the Labor Council.

The deadline for this scholarship is June 1st

More Info > Union Families Scholarships

Urge Representatives to vote NO on Right-to-Work

Attention All Members!

On Thursday, May 14, the Illinois House will be calling a vote on a Right-to-Work bill. Please take a moment to call your representative and urge him/her to vote NO to this legislation. Right-to-Work laws mean lower wages and reduced benefits for all workers.

Hotline Script – Right To Work

Call the hotline (888.412.6570) to be patched through to your representative.

Hello, my name is ______________ and I live in your district. I am calling today to urge you to vote against Gov. Rauner’s so-called “Right-to-Work” zones. “Right-to-Work” drives down wages and benefits for all workers. Rauner’s proposal will make it harder for people like me to make ends meet. Please vote NO on Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” zones proposal Thursday. Thank you.

What is, “The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade”

We’re famous! The above image is a screenshot taken from the television show “Jeopardy”.

2015 Spring Edition of Plumbers Local 130 Newsletter

Is now available for download.

More Info > Local 130 Newsletter Vol 1 No 3

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 3:00 P.M.

Last November, many organized labor families stayed home on Election Day; now we have the most aggressively anti-union Governor in the Country. Don’t let history repeat itself. Rahm Emanuel is the Labor Candidate for Mayor. During his first term, Rahm has made the creation of Union jobs a priority; if we want to continue to put our members back to work, we must re-elect Rahm Emanuel.

More Info > Rahm Emanuel Rally

Brian Lundy wins State of Illinois Apprentice Contest

4th year Apprentice Brian Lundy, who works for B.Bruce Plumbing, just won the IPTA/COTE State of Illinois Apprentice Contest on March 12th representing Plumbers’ Local Union 130, UA. The contest took place at Pipefitters’ Local Union 597 Training Center in Mokena March 11th & 12th. He will continue on to compete in the UA 4th District Apprentice Contest June 10th & 11th. The contest will be held at Pipefitters’ Local Union 597 Training Center in Mokena. We are very proud of him!!

Stephen M. Bailey Memorial Scholarship

The Stephen M. Bailey Memorial Scholarship applications are now available. Please click on the link below for more information.

More Info > Plumbing Industry Scholarships

Pay your dues online

Online Membership Dues Payment is available to all members. You can pay your dues from the comfort of your home. No unnecessary trips to the hall.

More info > Online Dues Payment

Tech Engineering Pension Plan Document

Notice to interested parties:

An application is to be made to the Internal Revenue Service for an advance determination on the qualification for the Pension Fund – Technical Engineer Division Local Union 130, U.A. pension benefit plan.

Please find the document here:

Notice to Interested Parties 2015

2015 City Plumbing License Examination Schedule

The 2015 City Plumbing License Examination Schedule is now available.

More Info > 2015 City Plumbing License Exam Schedule

Local 130 Business Manager Jim Coyne with 4th year Apprentice Bill Lukasik in front of the bathroom project he just completed for the UA 4th District Apprentice Contest. Bill competed against other 4th District State Contest winners.

The outcome was another victory for Plumbers’ Local 130 in the UA 4th District Regional Contest. We are very proud of him. He will compete in the UA Contest in August. His competition will be 4 other UA regional champions in the US, the Canadian champion and Australian champion. We wish him success in that competition.

Online License Renewal Process

The Chicago Department of Buildings’ License Bureau reported an important service improvement that should make license renewal efforts for plumbing contractors more convenient and efficient. Effective immediately, electrical contractors and supervising electricians, plumbing contractors, journeymen plumbers, apprentices and masonry contractors with “A” and “B” and “C” licenses will be able to take advantage of the Department’s new Online License Renewal System. Use of the new online license renewal system is mandatory.

If you have not already renewed your license, you must log into the online licensing renewal system and renew your license. Simply log onto the City of Chicago Online Permits page. You will then be prompted to create a new login number for your account if you do not already have an existing online permitting login. Please click the link below for instructions on how to create a new account.

more info > Chicago License Renewal


Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, Nov. 26th

All offices are closed for the holiday.

All Locations

Day after Thanksgiving

Friday, Nov. 27th

All offices are open except for Aurora location.

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