News and Events

Local 130 Happenings

Job Openings

  1. Department of Juvenile Justice, IL Youth Center – Plumber
  2. IDOC Stateville Correctional Center – Plumber
  3. The City of Aurora – Code Compliance Officer/Plumbing Inspector
  4. Geiser-Berner Heating and Air Conditioning – Service Plumber

More Info > Job Openings

OSHA 30 Hour – Joliet J.A.C. Facility

Our Joliet facility will be hosting a 30 Hour OSHA class this September 2014.

Sign Up Today! > Sign Up Form

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.

Attention All Contractors!

Please Stop All 401(K) and Savings Payroll Deductions

Please stop all 401(K) and Savings Payroll Deductions for all hours worked June 1st, 2104 forward. The 401(K) Program will no longer allow for elective deferrals and the Savings Program will become voluntary. If you inadvertently withhold 401(K) or savings for hours worked after this period, you are required to reimburse that member because of payroll taxes. Members are required to complete the New Pay Deferral Election Form if they wish to continue with the savings program.

New Voluntary Savings and Union PAC Fund

The Savings Plan is no longer mandatory and there is a newly formed Union PAC Fund. All members are allowed to contribute to voluntary Savings Program and/or the Union PAC Fund. Please click on the following link for more detailed information:

More info > New Payroll Deductions

Local 130 Reporting Process & WebCore

All hours from June 1st, 2014 forward, are required to be posted through the Local 130 WebCore Contractor Reporting Tool. Former Locals 501 and 93 are now required to submit reports using this tool and the new Local 130 wage packages.

Instructions for former Local 501 and 93 Contractors:

More info > Former Local 501 Contractors

More info > Former Local 93 Contractors

Reporting for June Hours

All hours on or prior to May 31st should continued to be submitted using your current method of processing. Please refrain from posting June hours until June 11th. We are currently in the process of updating WebCore and our internal systems to support the new CBA, Wage Packages and Payroll Deduction Elections.

Thank you for your attention and patience in this matter.

The Data Center

2014 Plumbing Contract Negotiations

Area wide, 3 year Collective Bargaining Agreements have been signed with the Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County (PCA ), the West Suburban Association of Plumbing Contractors (WSA), and the Kankakee and Iroquois Counties Plumbing and Piping Contractors Association (K&ICP&PCA). The contracts begin June 1st, 2014 and conclude on May 31, 2017.

New Plumbing Wage Packages and Effective June 1st, 2014

2014 Technical Engineering Division Contract Negotiations

The Illinois and Indiana contracts have been signed effective June 1, 2014. The Wage and Fringe Benefit Packages can be found at the links below:

More info > Illinois – MARBA 2014 Wage Package

More info > Indiana – NWICA 2014 Wage Package

New CBA Letter to Contractors and Additional Information

Attention All Plumbing Contractors:

A letter from Business Manager, James F. Coyne, was mailed to active Plumbing Contractors on May 28th. His letter describes key aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement going into effect June 1st, 2014.

Additional information concerning Savings, 401K and PAC Fund payroll deductions can also be found here.

More info > CBA Letter to Contractors

New CBA Letter to Membership

To All Local 130 Members:

A letter from Business Manager, James F. Coyne, was mailed to the active membership on May 21st. His letter describes key aspects of the Collective Bargaining Agreement going into effect June 1st, 2014. The content of his letter was posted online for your convenience. Please take the time to review this information to better understand the changes that will directly affect you.

You can find the content information here > CBA Letter to Membership

Important Plumbers Local 130 Website Information

We are in the process of updating our current Website, however, we are now completing the New Contract and finalizing the Local 93 and Local 501 Consolidation. During this period, only the following web site areas will be updated:

  • All information concerning the New Contract
  • All information concerning the Consolidation
  • The Members on Line Dues Payment.

We will resume website updates and construction shortly after June 1, 2014 while we complete the New Contract and Consolidation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but please note that we are very excited about constructing a more member friendly website with more timely information updates. Please continue to check the website for improvements at If you have any other questions, please contact us at (312) 421-1010, Ext. 100 or 121.

Kenneth Turnquist
Financial Secretary Treasurer

Important Plumbers’ Local 93 Welfare Fund Meeting

To all Plumbers’ Local 93 Welfare Fund Retirees, spouses, and surviving spouses,

The Plumbers’ Welfare Fund Local 130, U.A. are inviting and encouraging all retires, spouses, and surviving spouses who are covered under the Plumbers’ Local 93 Welfare Fund to attend an informational meeting with the staff from the Plumbers’ 130 Welfare Fund.

This meeting will be held at Plumbers’ Local 130 Union Hall, at 31855 North U.S. Highway 12, Volo, IL on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 10 a.m.

There will be a brief presentation followed by question answered period and then one-on-one assistance with local 130 welfare fund staff.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Important Savings Plan Informational Meeting

To All Local 130 Members:

Important changes are being made to the Plumbers’ Retirement Savings Fund Local 130, U.A. There will be representatives from Mass Mutual at each of these informational meetings. The fund is hosting the following informational meetings to present these changes to participants:

May 19th 7pm Plumbers Local 130 Union Hall
1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL (lower hall)
May 20th 7pm Plumbers Local 130 Union Hall
1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL (lower hall)
May 21st 7pm Pipers Banquets
1295 Butterfield Rd., Aurora, IL
May 22nd 7pm Plumbers Local 130 Union Hall
31855 North U.S. highway 12, Volo, IL

All eligible participants are invited and encouraged to attend one of these meetings. Each meeting will be followed by a question and answer period. We look forward seeing everyone there.

New 3 Year Contract Signed with PCA/PAMCANI Alliance

A new 3 year contract has been signed with the PCA/PAMCANI Alliance. The contract begins June 1st, 2014 and concludes on May 31, 2017. The contract includes a total increase of $6.01 over three years alloted as follows:

  • $2.01 Year 1
  • $2.00 Year 2
  • $2.00 Year 3

More detail regarding the total wage package allocation and additional changes will be available shortly.

Job Opening

Garces Plumbing Contractors LLC has an Estimator position:

To Apply, submit Resume to: Cathy Landerholm at

More info > Plumbing Positions

Job Opening

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has three plumbing positions open in various facilities:

  1. Pontiac Correctional Center
  2. Vienna Correctional Center
  3. Menard Correctional Center

More info > Plumbing Positions

Job Opening

Member Mechanical, Inc is looking for a estimator/ project manager.

More info > Plumbing Positions

Pay your dues online!

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

More info > Online Dues Payment

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Events

John F. McDonough Parade Grand Marshal!

The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Committee is excited to announce that the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal is Chicago Native and President & CEO of the Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks, John F. McDonough!

Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day Event Raises $10,000!

The Halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day Committee is proud to have raised $10,000 as a donation to the Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home for individuals with developmental disabilities. Misericordia’s mission is close to our hearts and we ask that any you continue to support them in any way possible.

Pictured above from left to right, Michele Scaccia-Coyne, 1994 Grand Marshal – Sister Rosemary Connelly, Local 130 Business Manager – James F. Coyne, Assistant Executive Director – Lois Gates.

More info > Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home

Misericordia Heart of Mercy St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Celebrate the St Patrick’s Parade with the Parade Queen at The Montgomery Club. The Montgomery Room, 500 W. Superior @ Kinsbury in Chicago. Saturday, March 15 from 1pm to 5 pm.

Please contact Dorie Finnegan at 773-273-4178 or email

More info > Misericordia St Patrick’s Day Celebration Registration

More info > Misericordia St Patrick’s Day Celebration Flyer

Member St. Patrick’s Day Parade Transportation

Please use our St. Patrick’s Day Parade Transportation Registration Page if you are coming to the parade and wish to use our transportation.

More info > Parade Transportation Registration

2014 Stephen M. Bailey Scholarship Available

The Stephen M. Bailey Memorial Scholarship application is now available for the sons and daughters of Local 130 U.A. members graduating from High School in the Spring of 2014.

Click for more info > 2014 Scholarships

2014 Plumbing License Exam Schedule

Retrieve an Application Package and Study Guide from Department of Buildings.

Applications for examinations are to be mailed to:

City of Chicago – Trade Licensure,
P.O. Box 388249,
Chicago, Illinois 60638

Written Exam Contact:

Cheryl Stavropoulous
Phone: 800‐359‐1313 ext. 105

Written Test Deadline City Fee
January 18, 2014 December 20, 2013 Hillside $149.00
June 7, 2014 May 2, 2014 Hillside $149.00
October 18, 2014 September 19, 2014 Hillside $149.00
Practical Test Deadline City
April 12, 2014 TBD Chicago
August 2, 2014 TBD Chicago
December 6, 2014 TBD Chicago

Dues Check Off Rates

There has been much confusion surrounding the new “Dues Restructuring” process taking effect on October 1st, 2013. To help clear up things up, we added the “Dues Check Off” rate used by WebCore to the “Wage Packages” on our web site. Please use these rates within your accounting systems. By doing so, we’ll prevent many rounding and calculation problems by using the same common set of rates.

Select the wage package related to your agreement from the links below and scroll down to the ‘Payroll Deductions’ table. The two far right columns show the current ‘Working Dues’ rates and the new ‘Dues Check Off’ rates effective October 1st.

Updated Wage Packages

Job Openings Dept. of Water Management

The Department of Water Management has 2 job openings for plumbers on the City of Chicago Careers Bid Site:

Salary: $48.05/Hourly

Salary: $48.05/Hourly

Click on the link below and scroll down to the job listings.

More Info > City of Chicago Careers Bid Site

Job Opening John Baethke & Son Plumbing

John Baethke & Son Plumbing is looking for a Licensed Journeymen Plumber who can do service work or is willing to learn how to do service work. Backflow License is a-plus!

  • Prior residential and light commercial service experience
  • Clean cut and well mannered
  • no criminal background
  • previous experience with face to face customer relations
  • live within 15-20 miles of the northwest side of Chicago

John W. Baethke III
John Baethke & Son Plumbing Inc.
773-447-4913 c
773-276-5430 o
773-283-6310 f

2013 Rebuilding Together volunteers, contractors and suppliers (click on picture for larger image).

2013 Rebuilding Together

I apologize that it’s taken us this long to post information recognizing this years rebuilding together volunteers, participating contractors, and our sponsors, but we’ve been a bit busy with everything currently going on.

We would like to thank our sponsors:

  • Ferguson – Jim Kuenn and Ed Drinane
  • NIBCO – Rick Majersky
  • Rebco – Brian Mazzochi
  • and a special thanks to Joe Lenzen and Ken Kolosh

We will get a full participant and company listing posted, but in the mean time, here is a link to the event photo gallery. The password for the gallery is 130:

More Info > Photo Gallery

Ken Turnquist
Financial Secretary Treasurer

Discounts for Union Members

The Union Boot Pro web site has 27% discounts for union members. Use the following union member discount code when ordering:


Go to for more information.

The City of Naperville “On-Call” Plumbing Inspector

The City of Naperville currently seeks an Inspector for the Transportation, Engineering & Development (T.E.D.) Business Group. This part-time Plumbing Inspector will assist the City’s inspection team when needed throughout the year. (opened 8-8-13) This position will remain posted until filled.

More Info > City of Naperville Job Opening

Village of Itasca Plumbing Inspector

The Village of Itasca is seeking to fill a part time position within the Community Development Department for a licensed plumber as a municipal inspector and plans examiner.

More Info > Village of Itasca Job Opening

Village of Lombard Plumbing Inspector

The Village of Lombard is seeking a part-time dependable and multi-task oriented person to perform the operations of Village Plumbing Inspector.

More Info > Village of Lombard Job Opening

Dues Restructuring Vote Passes!

The Dues Restructuring Vote passed by 82%!

The dues restructuring is part of the U.A. consolidation of locals 130, 501 and 93. This will bring all of our Union brothers and sisters onto the same level playing field regarding dues payments. At this time, the dues at all three Locals are not compatible. The U.A. requires a single dues structure to alleviate any confusion. The restructuring will be dues check off rate of 3.5% per hour worked and window dues (per capita) of $30.00 per month for all active members. Retiree dues will be $10.00 per month. Fifty year members will not pay dues. This is scheduled to go into effect by October 1st, 2013.

James F. Coyne
Business Manager

Contract Negotiations Completed

Area wide agreements have been signed with the Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County (PCA ), the West Suburban Association of Plumbing Contractors (WSA), and the Kankakee and Iroquois Counties Plumbing and Piping Contractors Association (K&ICP&PCA), as outlined below:

  • The total economic package includes a $1.05 increase (One dollar & Five cents). Please note: The Wage and Fringe benefits Package allocations are now available below.
  • There is new bonding language for the Fringe Benefits through the Data Center and a separate wage bond to be held by Local 130.

New Wage Packages and Effective Dates

  • West Suburban Association of Plumbing Contractors (WSA) Effective June 2, 2013 thru May 31,2014
  • Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County (PCA) Effective June 3, 2013 thru May 31,2014
  • Kankakee and Iroquois Counties Plumbing and Piping Contractors Association (K&ICP&PCA) Effective June 4, 2013 thru May 31,2014

Technical Engineering Division

The Illinois and Indiana contracts have been signed effective June 1, 2013, The Wage and Fringe Benefit Packages can be found at the links below:

More info > Illinois – MARBA 2013 Wage Package

More info > Indiana – NWICA 2013 Wage Package

National Agreement for Residential and Light Commercial Construction

The National Agreement for Residential and Light Commercial Construction is now available online.

More info > Local 130 Agreements

Joint Apprenticeship Committee News

The 2013-2014 Day & Night School Training Calendar available.

We are excited to announce that the 2013-2014 Day & Night School Training Calendar is now view-able on our new website.

more info > JAC Website

New JAC Night and Day Courses Available

The new course catalogs and registration form are available for the 2012 to 2013 training period.

more info > Night & Day School

JAC 4 Hour C.E.U. Non Member Price Increase

NOTICE: Starting May 14, 2013 all NON U.A. Members will be charged a $200.00 fee to attend any Four Hour Continuing Education Course offered by Local 130’s J.A.C.

More Info > J.A.C 4 Hours C.E.U

A Message from William Hite

A message from our General President, William Hite to members of Congress and the Senate regarding comprehensive immigration reform and the state of our industry:

Letter from U.A. General President, William Hite

Clean Water Initiative Moves Forward!

Local 130 Business Manager, James F. Coyne, speaking at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago project launch.

“This initiative will move major construction projects forward much sooner than would otherwise be possible, including several in the pipeline that are shovel-ready. In short, this is a great program for our Illinois workforce! – Jim Coyne”

CHICAGO – February 11, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today awarded a $250 million low-interest loan to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to move forward with crucial projects to update the region’s water infrastructure, clean up area rivers and improve public health. Financed through the governor’s Illinois Clean Water Initiative (ICWI), the projects will create 2,000 construction-related jobs and support an additional 8,000 jobs in local communities.

In October 2012, Governor Quinn launched the $1 billion Clean Water Initiative to help local governments overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines. The Illinois Clean Water Initiative, which does not use any new state tax dollars, will create an estimated 28,500 jobs across Illinois.

More Info > Illinois Clean Water Initiative

Laminated Plumbers License with Photo

There has been a recent group of plumbers licenses that are not laminated and have no photo. If your license is not a laminated card with photo, then please mail a letter with your license number and name to:

Continental Testing
City of Chicago Trade License
PO Box 388249
Chicago, IL 60638
Attention Cheryl.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Tierney at (312)421-1010 x150

2013 Plumbing Industry Scholarship

The 2013 Plumbing Industry Scholarship Application is now available.

more info > 2013 Plumbing Industry Scholarship Application

New Data Center Phone Number

Please note that the Data Center phone number has changed. The new number is (312) 226-4200.

Welcome back Walgreens!

Plumbers’ Local 130, U.A. and Express-Scripts welcome back Walgreens! That’s right, Walgreens is once again accepting Express Scripts prescription insurance as of September, 15th 2012.

The Members Assistance Program

The Plumbers’ Welfare Fund, Local 130, U.A. would like to remind participants about the services available through the Member assistance Program (MAP). As a participant in the Welfare Fund, you and your family members have access to counseling, support services, and resources including:

  • Marital and family counseling
  • Job-related stress management
  • In person counseling
  • Adolescent & parenting support
  • Budgeting & financial counseling
  • Child & elder care resources
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral

more info > Member Assistance Program

License Renewal Process Moves Online

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

Local 130, UA Service Members

With honor and gratitude, we salute all Local 130, UA members for their service to our country, past and present.

Active Duty

Brother Scott E. Allen
Brother Robert Dills
Brother Elijah Gray
Brother Byron Leger
Brother Wayne Mutnansky, U.S Army
Brother Corey Nunez
Brother L J Taylor

Welcome Home!

Brother Michael Coughlin, U.S. Army
Brother Patrick L. Fissette, U.S Navy
Brother Daniel J. Klein, U.S Army!
Brother Joseph A. Merkel, U.S.M.C
Brother Michael C. Wolowinski, U.S Army


Union Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 9th, 7:00pm

Chicago Plumbers Hall

Tech Engineers
Union Meeting

Thursday, Sept 11th, 7:00pm

Chicago Plumbers Hall

Half Way to
St Patricks Day

Friday, Sept 19th, 5:00pm

Chicago Plumbers Hall

21st Annual
Football Raffle

Sunday, Oct 26th, 11:00am

Chicago Bears -vs- New England Patriots

Chicago Plumbers Hall