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Spring 2012 - Local 130 UA
Spring, 2012
Vol. 21, No. 2
•• Business Manager’s Letter
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I usually begin this col••
umn writing about things
that happened since my
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last article. This time I’d
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like to lead with something that’s going to hap••
pen in the near future —
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and very much in my
thoughts these days. I
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have decided that after 47
•• enjoyable and sometimes challenging years in the
and more recently inside the office of this
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great Local Union, the time has come to retire.
•• It has been the tasks that need completion, probthat need solutions — the “unfinished busi•• lems
ness” — that has kept me from retiring sooner.
•• “You can’t leave just yet,” I’ve persuaded myself
times, “not when there are so many things
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to be done.” I’ve said the same to other officers
•• when they told me of their plan to retire.
•• The “unfinished” will never stay finished for long,
come to understand. As each task is complet•• I’ve
ed, there will always be another one right behind it.
there will always be something new to
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learn. Throughout my career as a union plumber
•• and as a union leader, school never ended.
•• There was never a doubt where I was headed. My
Tom Sullivan, a city plumber and inspector,
•• father,
introduced me to Steve Bailey and Steve Lamb.
•• My fate was sealed. I was going to be a plumber.
•• I remember the healthy appetite for learning I
with me as a new apprentice in 1965, and
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fortunately for me I always seemed to find the best
•• of teachers wherever I went. I worked with a lot of
journeymen and apprentices. They took the
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time to teach me not only basic plumbing skills but
instill in me the pride to do the job right,
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regardless of the fact that the majority of my work
•• would be buried inside the walls of the finished
They mentored me; they instilled that
•• building.
pride that lives inside a professional trades
•• special
person. The opportunity to learn and improve was
greatest of gifts, and that has stayed with me
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throughout the years.
•• In my third year of apprenticeship I was fortunate
•• enough to compete in the UA’s national apprentice
and I won 2nd place. My career was off to
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a good start, I believed. I worked first for C.F.
•• Wesensten (owned by the grandfather of Business
Lawrence Wesensten). In 1969 I joined
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Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating, working on the
of the original McCormick Place and
•• construction
later Sears Tower (now Willis Tower). In my 20•• plus years at Great Lakes I benefitted from the
of special people like George
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Sr., Gene Brunning, Bob Heider and
•• Treutelaar
so many more who fostered my success as a fore•• man and eventually a superintendent.
were many opportunities to learn from for•• There
mer Union officers inside the office of Local 130,
•• during a string of part-time officer positions as ser(1975), executive board member
•• geant-of-arms
and vice president before entering the union office
•• full time as secretary-treasurer in 1990. For the
12 years I continued to learn while serving
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under Business Manager Jerry Sullivan, a consum•• mate leader and educator.
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continued on page 11
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By James T. Sullivan
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, But Is This Chicago?
The Shannon Rovers march along Columbus Drive at the start of the 57th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The annual rite of
spring benefitted from a summer-like day.
At five minutes before noon, there were enough
people gathered at the corner of Balbo Street and
Columbus Drive to fill Soldier Field — maybe
Wrigley Field, too. Portable fences kept the layers
of bystanders on both sides of Columbus Drive
from spilling onto the street. Looking north it was
the same picture for blocks, all the way to the
Chicago River.
A separate crowd assembled in the center of the
street. In front was an older gentleman who held a
banner tied to a staff that read, “For the glory of
God and the honor of St. Patrick.” Only the experienced parade watchers may have recognized him as
Johnny Lattner, the Notre Dame football star and
1953 Heisman Trophy winner. He smiled and kidded as he raised his hemline a couple inches and
extended his leg out for a few camera-toters on the
sidewalk who responded with shutter clicks and
laughter. Behind Johnny stood several lines of the
Shannon Rovers, ready to beat their drums and let
out their bagpipes’ moving melody when given the
cue. The designated VIPs took their place at the
front of the line. They included parade leaders,
politicians and priests. This year even the “An
Taoiseach” of Ireland, Enda Kenny, decided to
drop in, guarded by U.S. Secret Service agents.
Everywhere you looked it was a sea of green, in and
on both sides of the street, all the way to the Chicago River — which was also wearing its emerald
green coat on this day. It was Saturday, March 17,
and it was St. Patrick’s Day…
But was this really Chicago?
At the start of the parade the thermometer read 71
degrees and continued to climb. Gone were the
overcoats, wool caps and gloves under which
parade watchers huddled and shivered against the
dampness and cold winds at this same corner last
year. Today, tee shirts, shorts and sockless tennis
shoes were the preferred dress. Today, the sky was
clear and the sun warm enough to call for sunscreen
as the only protection from the elements. You may
never have seen more people gathered for this
parade, and you surely never saw weather like this
at Chicago’s lakefront on March 17th!
The parade stepped off at noon sharp with all the
usual anticipation and excitement, maybe even
more. The combination of warm weather and
parade day that fell on the real St. Patrick’s Day
may have brought out one of the largest crowds
ever. Looking west, the sunlight and clear blue sky
seemed to make even the towering Chicago Loop
skyline shine brighter.
The parade Grand Marshal, Fr. Cletus Kiley, was
joined by fellow clergy members, Guest of Honor,
Fr. Jack Clair, and Parade Honoree Fr. Scott Donohue, president of the Mercy Home for Boys &
Girls. Could the trinity of priests have had anything
to do with the perfect weather, or was it merely
coincidence? None of the priests admitted to any
special knowledge of the miracle that unfolded on
this perfect day.
It was the 57th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade,
and it was Chicago!
Turn to pages 6-7 for more parade photos.
In this Issue…
Parade Queen & Court – 5
Parade Photos – 6-7
Robert Bernstein – 10
Business Manager James Sullivan Announces Retirement
Reflects on challenges and joys of plumbing career . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Where Do Famous People Go?
Hall of Fame Inducts Four More Plumbing Industry Stars . . . . . . . . 2
PCA Installs New Officers
Lori Abbott becomes first ever “Madam President” . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Parade Queen and Court Introduced at March Meeting
A look at the special event and people in photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
58th St. Patrick’s Day Parade Is One for Records
City, weather extends a very “warm” welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Political Action Task Force Comes Through
Hundreds of L.U. 130 volunteers help get voters to polls . . . . . . . . . 9
Local 130 Contestant Is Runner Up
Robert Bernstein excels at UA Apprentice Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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THE CHICAGO AREA PLUMBING
INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME
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It was in 2002 at the annual long-range planning meeting that the Plumbing
Contractors Association Board of Directors decided to create the Chicago
Area Plumbing Industry Hall of Fame. The PCA felt that while the Chicago
area plumbing industry led the nation in different areas with innovations and
improvements, there were many individuals in our own backyard that should
be recognized for their individual outstanding contribution to the
Chicagoland plumbing industry. In 2004, 20 charter members were inducted
into the Hall of Fame at the PCA’s Biannual Installation Dinner. The
esteemed list included Alexander Raffen, listed as the first plumber in Chicago as recorded in the earliest available records, and one of the first plumbing
contractors.
The selection process begins with the Hall of Fame Committee, which is
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Edward Kuhn
Robert K. Abbott
Peter M. Munn
George J. Treutelaar, Jr.
Max Gerber
Godfrey Eisenhauer
Harriet Gerber Lewis
Alexander Raffen
Albert C. Brown
Stephen M. Bailey
Sydney K. Culver
Steve Lamb
Richard Kelly
Edward Brabec
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appointed by the PCA President. The committee calls for members representing the plumbing contractors, Local 130 and the manufacturer/supplier
segment of the industry. They review nominations submitted by any members of the Chicago area plumbing community, and then are obliged to chose
individuals that have shown a great deal of personal commitment, ingenuity
and passion to improve the industry, thus upholding the prestigious and
exclusive nature of the distinction.
This year’s committee consisted of Chairman Craig Campeglia, Jim Smith,
Jack Block and Jim Sullivan. They made their selections from a record group
of over 15 nominees, and ultimately chose Peter Diamond, Albert Gehrke,
Edward Howe and Norman Weiss. In addition to these gentlemen, prior
inductees include:
Leonard V. Stutz
Donald Sinsabaugh
William J. Werner
Gerald M. Sullivan
William Elvis Sloan
George F. Connelly
Philip Yungerman
Edward J. Zimmer
Norman Gotteiner
Frank Lucchese
Robert L. Litvin
John J. McCarthy
The PCA is proud to recognize, and owes a great deal to, these impressive individuals.
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Peter Diamond (left) receives award from
2010-11 PCA President Jerry Roberts.
Sons Greg (left) and Griff Gehrke
award for father Al.
accept
Edward Howe
Norman Weiss
Contact Numbers for Members of Plumbers Local 130, UA
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While you may ask to be connected to any of the following offices when calling the union hall, it might save you time to call the
office you want directly. Here are the telephone numbers. Please keep them for your future reference.
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Union Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312-421-1010
Joliet Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 815-725-0278
Pension Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312-829-1262
Welfare Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312-226-4200
Legal Services Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312-861-0808
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Apprentice School (Chicago) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312-421-1028
Apprentice School (Joliet) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 815-725-0278
Plumbing Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312-263-2112
Plumbing Contractors Assn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312-563-9526
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Letter from the Chairman
T
he union plumbing industry
recently lost one of its leaders
with the passing of Al Gehrke. Al was
a past president of the Plumbing Contractors Association, Co-Chairman of
the Plumbers Welfare Fund, and an
active member of several industry
groups including ASSE and the North
& West Side Master Plumbers. On
Steve Marquardt behalf of the Plumbing Council board
of directors, I would like to offer my condolences to Al’s
wife, Kitty, and the entire Gehrke family. Al will be missed
by everyone who knew and worked with him.
As we head into spring and summer, there are several large
projects out for bid and a few large projects that have actually started, which is good news for the union plumbing
industry. The bad news for the industry is that many projects
are being done for contract amounts that appear to be at or
below industry costs. It would be easy and convenient to say
that these projects are all being done cheaply by non-union
contractors. While it’s true that non-union contractors have
made significant inroads into our market, many of the jobs
being done at or below cost are being done by the union
plumbing industry.
A number of fellow contractors have reported seeing bids for
jobs come in 20%, 30%, and in some cases even 50% under
their bids. Oftentimes, the low bidder is a member of our
union plumbing industry. The general contractors that we all
work for are more than happy to accept these low bids and
why not? As an industry, we are leaving significant money
on the table. By taking projects at cost or below, we are
threatening both the economic recovery and long-term
growth of our industry. I am hopeful that as the economy
improves and work picks up, pricing will stabilize. Until
then we face an uphill battle putting our people back to work
and growing the union plumbing industry in the Chicago
Metropolitan area.
Steve Marquardt, Chairman
Plumbing Council of Chicagoland
CHICAGOLAND
By law, your local water system must test municipal drinking water for some
90 substances and organisms — including worrisome elements such as copper, uranium and lead, then issue periodic reports to consumers. If levels are
too high, your town is supposed to take measures to lower them, as defined by
the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act and Amendments. Sounds like we should
be good, right? Well, not so fast. Many studies found antibiotics, hormones,
pharmaceuticals, even a gasoline chemical present in some consumer drinking water. These won’t be on our water reports
because they are not on the government’s list of contaminants to monitor.
True, the levels of these chemicals are so low that individually they might not pose much threat, but we’re not talking one
chemical. We’re dealing with hundreds. In addition, in 2009, 28% of all U.S. systems violated at least one significant EPA
health standard. Even among the lawful, accidents do happen; and your own home could be a problem, too. Older houses may
have pipes that can leach lead into the water above the EPA cutoff of 15 parts per billion. Such levels sound miniscule, but
lead is so potent, it can cause a multitude of harms.
But there are smart, easy ways to help protect your family. While no home filter has been certified to remove pharmaceuticals
and other emerging contaminants, some refrigerator filters do a great job of it, and some tabletop pitchers work very well, too.
Among the filters tested, GE and Whirlpool produced certain refrigerator models whose filters removed above 90% of all contaminants. The Pur CR-6000 and ZeroWater tabletop pitchers removed a respectable 70+% of contaminants such as PFOS,
tonalide, DEET, TCEP and BPA.
Alternatively, consumers can install whole-house filters (known as point-of-entry devices), which cover not just the water
they’re drinking, but what flows into tubs, showers and appliances. It should be stated that point-of-entry filters have two major
drawbacks: they’re expensive (costing anywhere from about $200 for a simple carbon filter to $2,000 for a reverse osmosis
system), and they’ve been certified mainly to clear the EPA-regulated contaminants — the ones on your water report. It’s
uncertain how well they might filter other potentially risky compounds.
Finally, everyone lives downstream of someone else. In addition to protecting our own families, we need to be good neighbors
and take steps to behave more safely, for the greater good. For example, dispose of medicines properly. Instead of flushing or
tossing unused pills, bring them to a hazardous-waste collection site or to a drugstore or center that has a take-back program.
Find one at www.disposemymeds.org.
Chose more natural products. The fewer chemicals you use, the fewer will end up in the water. Goodguide.com rates thousands of consumer products for their impact on the environment.
Support environmental legislation. Changes in government regulation would require companies to provide more health and
environmental information on substances’ safety before they enter the market.
Contributing Sources: Good Housekeeping & Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants at U of AZ.
L E G I S L AT I O N U P D AT E
HB 3636 Passes Illinois Senate
HB 3636, the bill reversing the Cypress Creek decision, passed in the Illinois Senate on March 29 on a vote of 34-10 with 5 abstentions. The bill needed 30 votes to pass. It now goes back
to the House for concurrence after their spring break.
HB 3636 is an amendment to Section 16 of the Mechanics Lien Act, which describes how to equitably share limited monetary assets among a lender and mechanics lien claimants (contractors, subcontractors, laborers and material suppliers), when the proceeds of the sale of the project are less than all of them are owed.
Thank you to everyone who made the contacts with their senators in support of this legislation. And a special thanks to all who stopped by the PCA’s table at the recent IL PHCC Expo at the
Drury Lane. The letter-sending campaign resulted in almost 100 signed letters, which were then overnighted to the appropriate senators in Springfield, as a show of support for the bill. This
type of constituent contact has a tremendous impact on legislators, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on any other contacts that need to be made.
On a related note, the ILPHCC is monitoring and reviewing several other plumbing/piping-related bills. Many deal with workers’ compensation, IEPA, unemployment insurance, prevailing
wage, public utilities, energy and school construction. Many of these bills are vehicle bills and will be combined, amended or eliminated. The Illinois General Assembly spring session concludes at the end of May.
Contributing sources: ILPHCC “Illinois Master Plumber”and IMSCA
Safety Incentive Program Winners
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Frank Zalud
James Monninger
William J. Robinson
Wojciech Dudzik
A. J. Plata
Tim Grillo
Robert Mikrut
Daniel Hoyt
Stephen Duffield
Lee Robollar
Richard Dickenson
Zoran Sofeski
Boyd Jensen
Timothy O’Reilly
Brian Ohotzke
Scott MacCormack
Brian Brezinski
Mark Maloney
Gerald MItchell
Peter Pulice
Jeffrey Barnas
Michael Tenerelli
Thomas Tisinai
William Forrest
John D. Mannerino
Richard Gilbertson
Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating
C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.
Brongiel Plumbing Inc.
Complete Plumbing, Inc.
R. Carrozza Plumbing Co., Inc.
Professional Plumbing
Warren F. Thomas Plumbing
A & D Plumbing, Inc.
Abbott Industries, Inc.
Action Plumbing Co. Inc.
Thomas Mechanical Corporation
Best Plumbing
Thomas Mechanical Corporation
Bratschi Plumbing Co., Inc.
C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.
O’Sullivan Plumbing Inc.
Brandenburger Plumbing, Inc.
C.R. Leonard Plumbing
Ewing-Doherty Mechanical
Sherman Mechanical, Inc.
A & H Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.
Great Lakes Plumbing & Heating
Caldwell Plumbing Co.
Norman Mechanical, Inc.
C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.
R. Carrozza Plumbing Co., Inc.
Canyon Plumbing Inc.
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Jeffrey Beck
Victor Perez
Christopher Spotofora
Seth Lockman
Robert Lyons
Tom Tilton
Chuck Flynn
Pete Johnson
Justin Fippinger
David Donovan
Robert Davern
Matthew Decker
Matthew Koch
Rich Geisel
Jonathan Schutt
Luis Alezria
Shaun Campbell
William N. Barzowski
Mike Jahnke
Daniel Danca
Duane Hypke
Thomas Lejman
Gregory Malyszko
John Jennison
Joseph Alongi
Patrick Stompanato
Ewing-Doherty Mechanical
Norman Mechanical, Inc.
R. Carrozza Plumbing Co., Inc.
Poehner, Dillman & Mahalik, Inc.
Another Plumbing Co., LLC
Plumbing Professionals Co.
Johns Plumbing, Inc.
Johns Plumbing, Inc.
Warren F. Thomas Plumbing
John J. Cahill, Inc.
Provancal Brothers
Power Plumbing & Sewer
Poehner, Dillman & Mahalik, Inc.
Dahme Mechanical Industries
John J. Cahill, Inc.
Oak Worth Plumbing Co., Inc.
Plumbing Professionals Co.
Franks Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
R. Carrozza Plumbing Co., Inc.
Kuhn Plumbing
Ewing-Doherty Mechanical
Charles F. Bruckner Plumbing
Cecchin Plumbing & Heating
Johns Plumbing, Inc.
Norman Mechanical, Inc.
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Plumber’s Quarterly • 3
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PCA Installation Dinner and Hall of Fame Ceremony
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he topic of “side-jobbing” has gained substantially greater
attention now that the amount of available hours for our
union workforce to earn a living has diminished in this chronically stubborn economic downturn. When business was booming (as it certainly will again one day), “moonlighting or sidejobbing” rarely elicited a frown, let alone the justified outrage it
deserves. Rank & file members who value and rely on the wages
and benefits that accompany a union trade fiercely defend their
right to a decent livelihood in exchange for the skill and quality
they bring to the job. From sunup to sundown, and in between,
yet only on the clock and on the record. Union pride is all in a
day’s work. However, any and all work that a member performs
and is paid for outside the accepted criteria set forth in our union contracts is more than nonunion; it should be viewed as anti-union.
The vast majority of us (union contractors) made a conscious and deliberate decision to associate our companies with the United Association, as the source of our quality labor. Similarly, a union employer will cite the “level playing field” that signatory contractors genuinely
tout as proof of one of their advantages over their open shop competitors. Union contractors
take an active and committed role in maintaining the highest standards in training, quality and
performance on behalf of their customers. We’re not “dabbling” in the pipe trades — this is a
serious business with significant risks and rewards. Yet a troubling aspect of our industry that
we have all encountered recently to an increasingly alarming degree has been the breaking of
the rules both by our union employees and our fellow union employers.
A member who works off-the-clock (whether for themselves or a contractor) contributes nothing to the Trust Funds that have no other source of revenue than per-hour contributions on
behalf of the working member. He or she also makes a mockery of the sincere efforts of their
union leadership and the union contractors to maintain our “unionized” industry, market share
and the associated benefits here under. Not only are the Funds denied what’s needed to sus-
The Plumbing Contractor’s Association of Chicagoland recently held their biannual Installation Dinner, which took place at the Drake Hotel Chicago on Feb. 4th. More than 175 guests
attended, including Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni
Preckwinkle, who addressed the guests and offered congratulations and support. During the
festivities, U.A. Director of Plumbing Services Tom Bigley performed the swearing-in of the
2012-2013 PCA officers and board. The proceedings were especially significant, as new president Lori L. Abbott is the first female president in the history of the PCA — a milestone the
organization is very proud to recognize.
In addition to Abbott, the new officers installed were Steve Weinberg, first vice president; Jim
Birk, second vice president; and Matt Erickson, treasurer. New directors include Jim Bruckner, Mike DiFoggio, Barry Thomas and Brian Wilk.
Also taking place during the Installation Dinner was the Chicago Plumbing Industry Hall of
Fame ceremony. New members inducted were Peter Diamond, Albert Gehrke, Edward
The fun begins as the business ends at the
PCA Installation Dinner.
Special guest Governor Pat Quinn addresses
PCA members.
The Plumbing Contractors Association’s 2012 Green Series so far has been going quite well,
with strong attendance and very interesting topics. The January seminar featured John Bauer,
of Wahaso, with his presentation on Water Harvesting. His talk covered innovative Green systems for commercial and institutional buildings. It was thorough and extremely relative to our
changing plumbing industry.
In March, Rob Zimmerman and Wayne Robinson, Kohler Co., conducted a presentation that
focused on water usage specifics and featured an interesting perspective on the critical impact
of current supply-and-demand. They also took an in-depth look at water conservation benefits
PCA’s Green Series seminars provide plumbing professionals with an ongoing source of continuing education and valuable CEU points.
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tain and grow them, but the violator may simultaneously still reap the
benefits (literally) that are only possible from the labor of others –
those who do work by the rules.
Moreover, competing against legitimate union employers for this
work, with none of the options of working “under the radar,” is
plainly unfair and unethical. No reporting means no taxation
either, which deepens the injury to our society, and who isn’t concerned with the taxes we all pay. Any union member who takes pride
in a well-deserved living yet deceptively works outside of the confines of
properly documented and appropriate work with a signatory employer is negatively impacting the “unionized” industry, detracting from his or her own future, while causing serious
detriment to his/her peers.
On the other hand, a union contractor who willingly exploits members by compensating them
less than they earned, as in 24 hours pay for 32 hours work, is both mistreating the workforce,
and is unfairly competing in our industry. The Trust Funds, again, are not receiving what they
are due, nor is Uncle Sam or any other legal entity. No excuse can stand up to this scrutiny.
Pointing fingers at non-union rivals when some of us are operating in this anti-union manner
(and complaining about the high costs of operating as a union contractor), then looking the
other way simply won’t cut it. Looking the other way is no less severe and no more acceptable in these times than in any other times. You cannot be a fair weather union member or
union employer.
The union industry in which we operate is demanding by nature. The harsh economic times
we are all facing has made it even more difficult. During these toughest of times the harsh
realities test us all. Yet we must still be “the best of the best” in our plumbing industry. In these
seemingly endless harsh economic times, it’s more critical than ever for everyone to hold up
their end of the bargain. Fair is fair.
Lori L. Abbott, President
Plumbing Contractors Association
Howe and Norman Weiss. This year’s selection committee consisted of Chairman Craig
Campeglia, Jim Smith, Jack Block and Jim Sullivan, and they made their selections from a
record group of over 15 nominees.
Finally, the 2012 celebration observed another milestone in the organization, as the PCA
marked its 130th anniversary as one of the oldest trade associations in the United States.
Formed in 1882, the PCA established the core objective to work towards improving the individual standing of the plumber, as well as the entire plumbing industry. More than a century
later, their mission continues to be to represent members in labor relations and legislation, help
provide education and safety training, and support an apprenticeship system that provides for
the effective training of apprentices.
Photos from the 2012 PCA Installation Dinner are posted on the PCA website. Visit
www.pcaofchicago.com to view them.
Lori Abbott, the PCA’s first woman president,
gives her acceptance speech.
Executive Director Dan McLaughlin presents
visiting Cook County Board President Toni
Preckwinkle with a copy of the PCA’s history.
and trends and how the Green movement affects consumer behavior.
Also covered at the March seminar was the Green Plumbers Accreditation Program, which is
being implemented through the PCA. Green consultant Ron Grabski outlined the certification
requirements of this program and touched on course topics.
Keep in mind that another benefit of the PCA Green Series is that most seminars offer CEU
credits. Watch the PCA website, www.pcaofchicago.com, as well as email notices for our next
Green Seminar, coming in June.
Wayne Robinson and Rob Zimmerman discuss water usage trends at the March installment of
the Green seminar series.
March Union Meeting Welcomes
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2012 Parade Queen & Court
(from left): Queen Sarah Collins, Bridget McMahon Fitzgerald, Lauren Corry, Lauren Catinella, Mary Catherine Casey
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Apprentice Tony Gallo escorts
Lauren Corry.
Apprentice Joe Alongi escorts Mary
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2012 Queen Sarah Collins is escorted into the meeting hall by apprentice James Kane.
Apprentice Patrick Dwyer escorts
Lauren Catinella.
Apprentice Bill Brooks leads Bridget
McMahon Fitzgerald into the
assembly hall.
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Plumber Pat Driscoll and fellow Shannon Rovers add to the
celebratory mood of the evening.
2012 Parade Queen Sarah Collins shares her enthusiasm
about the upcoming parade.
Plumber and photographer Dean Battaglia passes off his camera for his chance to pose with the parade court.
Retired Pension Fund Administrator John Bojan poses with the
parade court.
Plumbers Pat Brooks and Mike Tierney with the parade court.
The parade court embraces Kevin Sherlock, coordinator of the
St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The parade court with retired plumber James J. Coyne.
Bridget McMahon Fitzgerald visits with President Chip
Schelhammer, Plumbers Local 130.
Court members gather around Patty Fadden, a key parade
organizer.
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Annual St. Patri
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James Sullivan, Business Manager, and Judy Baar Topinka, Illinois Comptroller.
James Sullivan with (left) Anita Alvarez, Cook County States Attorney, and
Edward Burke, Alderman of Chicago’s 14th Ward.
JAC Apprentice Instructor Frank Borkowski and wife, Jennifer, join the parade.
Retired Business Agent Dick Uzell proudly carries the Technical Division banner.
Apprentice Ryan Turnquist.
Plumber Pat Brooks and friends are having a good time.
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Kids hitch a ride on the Local 130 parade
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arch 17, 2012
ver Was Green!
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James Sullivan with (left) Fr. Jack Clair, Guest of Honor, and Fr. Cletus Kiley,
Grand Marshall.
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Leading the marchers from Plumbers Local 130, UA, are Gerald Sullivan, Retired
Business Manager, James Coyne, Financial Secretary/Treasurer, and James
Sullivan, Business Manager.
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Recording Secretary and parade marshal Tom Gavin and Business Agent
Bill Bielanski.
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A very green plumber Tim Carlton.
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Plumber Steve James and wife.
Mark Dwyer (center) and Marty Halleran (right), a friend of Local 130.
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Kroeschell Engineering’s Jim Duffin and family members share in the fun.
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PENSION FUND NEWS
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New Retirees as of the Last Quarterly
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February 2012
Glen W. Gunkel
Leon Hogan
William Lange
Hubert L. Mason
James A. Nordmeyer
John C. O’Connell
Retired in October 2011 but missed
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Barry A. Schedin
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Maurice Bunyan
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Robert S. Arthur
Dennis J. Clancy
Raymond P. Corcoran
William E. Green
Gregg A. Hartley
Juan M. Inguez
Donald O. Turnquist
Walter Koszewski
Josepj A. Macey, Jr.
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Keep Advised of Your
Pension Benefits
Terry J. Musto, Administrator of the
Pension Fund, requests that participants of the Pension Plan not yet
retired, write or call the Pension
Fund Office at 312-829-1262 to
receive their Pension Credit Report.
Please review your report and notify
the Fund promptly of any errors or
omissions. After reviewing, save the
report for your records.
The 401(k) Plan
To enroll in the 401(k) Plan, receive additional
information on MassMutual’s services or check
on your existing account, please contact:
MassMutual – (800) 743-5274.
Participants can also get information from MassMutual’s website, www.massmutual.com.
Important Notice About Your 401(k) Plan
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Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it. This notice has information about quarterly fees that will be charged to your
account under the Plumbers’ Retirement Savings Fund, Local 130, UA (the “401(k) Plan”).
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As you know, new investment options with lower expense ratios were offered under the 401(k) Plan beginning January 1, 2012. The lower expense
ratio reduces the investment cost for individual participants. However, because a portion of the amounts derived from the investments’ expense
ratios were used to pay administrative expenses of the 401(k) Plan, the lower expense ratio also means a reduction in the amounts available to
cover those costs. Consequently, beginning in the first quarter of the 2012, each 401(k) Plan account will be charged $10.00 per quarter for the
administrative expenses of the 401(k) Plan.
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The Trustees believe that this change is necessary so that the Plumbers’ Retirement Savings Fund, Local 130, UA can continue to provide a benefit that will assist you in meeting your retirement need.
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Co-Chairman
James T. Sullivan
Co-Chairman
Trustees of the Plumbers’
Retirement Savings Fund, Local 130, UA
Pension Fund Birthday Greetings
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Congratulations & Best Wishes to Our Nonagenarians
Leonard R. Carter
David S. Brown
Ben A. Reise
Thomas H. Krejci
96 Years
Palm Harbor, FL.
Birthday May 01, 1916
90 years
Roscoe, IL.
Birthday April 15, 1922
88 years
Wheaton, IL.
Birthday May 03, 1924
85 years
Northfield, IL.
Birthday May 15, 1927
Charles W. Tyler
Frank S. Karl
Robert L. Wieder
Isadore J. Kukla
93 years
Clinton, IN.
Birthday March 11, 1919
90 years
Alsip, IL.
Birthday April 11, 1922
88 years
McHenry, IL.
Birthday May 6, 1924
85 years
Chicago, IL.
Birthday May 10, 1927
Ferdinan D. Fritsche
Benedict F. Olechny
Robert J. Jansky
Thomas J. Obrien
92 Years
Niles, IL.
Birthday April 02, 1920
90 years
Chicago, IL.
Birthday March 21, 1922
87 years
Bloomingdale, IL.
Birthday May 22, 1925
85 years
Wheeling, IL.
Birthday May 08, 1927
John Tobola
Edward Pociask
87 years
Port Charlotte, FL.
Birthday May 16, 1925
85 years
Mt. Prospect, IL.
Birthday March 04, 1927
Tore Borsch
Joseph R. Robak, Jr.
86 years
Palos Heights, IL
Birthday April 28, 1926
85 years
Largo, FL.
Birthday March 08, 1927
Edward W. Ross
James Sawyer
86 years
Chicago, IL
Birthday May 11, 1926
85 years
Chicago, IL.
Birthday April 02, 1927
Leroy Schrieber
Stanley Stock
86 years
Itasca, IL
Birthday April 12, 1926
85 years
Chicago, IL.
Birthday April 11, 1927
James M. Welter
James Traynor
86 years
Venice, FL
Birthday May 30, 1962
85 years
Westchester, IL.
Birthday May 12, 1927
Harold C. Carlson
Happy
Birthday!
Raymond J. Goralski
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THOSE
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92 years
Chicago, IL.
Birthday May 17, 1920
Irving Miller
89 Years
Chicago Heights, IL.
Birthday March 12, 1923
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Skokie, IL.
Birthday March 19, 1920
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Chicago Heights, IL.
Birthday March 9, 1921
Joseph A. Lowe, Jr.
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Chicago, IL.
Birthday May 10, 1921
Mario F. Mazzocchi
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Chicago, IL.
Birthday March 01, 1921
91 years
Park Ridge, IL.
Birthday May 03, 1921
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Joseph S. Christofanelli
George W. Gibisch, Jr.
89 years
Mesa, AZ.
Birthday May 08, 1923
Raymond J. Wilkinson
89 years
Gilbert, IL.
Birthday April 24, 1923
McFarland A. Bragg
88 years
Peoria, AZ.
Birthday April 05, 1924
Casimir M. Malik
88 years
Sun City West, AZ.
Birthday April 01, 1924
85 years
Grayslake, IL.
Birthday May 7, 1927
Local 130 P.A.T.F. Volunteers Help Get Out the Vote
Political Action Saturdays on March 3rd & 10th
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Plumbers Local 130’s Political Action Task Force works to elect and re-elect leaders in local, state
and national government who have demonstrated their support for the concerns of labor or the
plumbing industry in the past — or new candidates who will do so in the future. To help these
people win in the Illinois Primary Election, held in March, more than 100 members volunteered
their time during one or two Saturdays before the Chicago-area polls opened. Their efforts, we
are confident, played a part in the success of several candidates. We thank everyone who came
out for our recent “Political Action Saturdays.” Here is a look at some of them.
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Mary Jane Theis, a winning Democratic candidate for Illinois Supreme Court
Judge, poses visits with (left) James Coyne, Financial Secretary-Treasurer; Tom
Gavin, Recording Secretary; and James Sullivan, Business Manager.
Business Manager James Sullivan discusses plans for Local 130’s Political
Action Task Force to promote support for favorable candidates in the Illinois Primary Election in March.
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Business Manager James Sullivan with Illinois State Representative John D’Amico and Rob Martwick, a Democratic candidate for State Representative.
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Business Agent Bill Bielanski, Recording Secretary Tom Gavin and Sergeant at
Arms Tony Rottman.
Patrick Daley Thompson, a visiting candidate, shares his plans if elected as
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
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Stephen Geraghty, Pat McCarthy and Bot Stob.
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(Left to right) Plumbers Mike Scherer, Gary Gersky and John Zambetti with
Anchor Mechanical.
Mary Jane Theis, Democratic candidate for Illinois Supreme Court Judge, thanks
Local 130 members and volunteers for their help and support.
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Executive Board Member Dan Boyle and plumber Bobby O’Brien, Anchor
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Apprentices Bill Brooks and Pat Gross with Financial Secretary-Treasurer
James Coyne.
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Runner Up, But Still a Champ!
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Robert Bernstein, winner of Local 130’s apprentice contest, competed at the Illinois State Apprentice Contest, the next level, on March 14 and 15. The
event was hosted by the United Association and was held at the Training Center of Pipe Fitters Local 597, UA, in Mokena, IL.
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The tough, two-day contest challenged virtually every area of knowledge and skill possessed by the minds and hands of the 11 plumbing apprentices from
separate UA local unions across Illinois. There were:
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(2) an isometric drawing
(3) a PVC project
(4) a copper soldering project
(5) a copper brazing project
(6) a torch cutting and welding project, and
(7) a rigging, signaling & knot-tying project.
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Robert did extremely well throughout the competition and finished a very close second place. As the margin of difference between the top three or more
finalists is often a fraction of a point, his accomplishment here is something to celebrate and be proud of. Robert represented Plumbers Local 130 very well.
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Robert Bernstein is a fourth-year apprentice. He is employed by Norman Mechanical, Inc., owned by Marty Nixon. Robert is supervised on the job by General Superintendent Mike Sampson. We know the good folks at Norman Mechanical join us in saying, “Congratulations and thank you for a great job,
Robert!”
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In Memoriam
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On behalf of all the sponsoring constituencies of the Plumber’s Quarterly, we would like to
express our deepest sympathies to the family members of our deceased members.
QUARTERLY DECEASED MEMBERS — 1st QUARTER, 2012
CHICAGO JOURNEYMEN PLUMBERS LOCAL UNION 130
Pepera, Joseph
Gehrke, Albert E.
Bertany, George M.
Russell, Larry L.
Grugel, Fred T.
Cohen, Richard A.
Schmidt, Clifford
Hadad, Warren S.
Cowles, Ronald P.
Schumaher, Herbert W.
Jackson, Leonard E.
Cwik, Frank S.
Sheehan, Kevin P.
Knizner, Michael J.
Drake, Donald W.
Sidlow, Spencer
Mampe, Howard J.
Frank, Josef
Stein, Carl A.
Moran, Daniel M.
Fulford, Larry C.
Nuzzo, Jr., Sam
Gasik, Larry
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Cog Hill Golf Course, Lemont, Illinois
PRIZES • COCKTAILS • FOOD
Golf & Buffet - $125.00 (includes cart)
Buffet Only - $75.00
Plumbing Industries
47th Annual Golf Outing
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Visit www.events.org/PIGA for early registration.
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Plumbing Industries Golf Association of Chicagoland • 27341 N. Primrose Lane • Mundelein, Illinois 60060
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My retirement will begin June 30. Therefore, I did
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this job and this union, but it is time for me to
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Local 597, UA, in Mokena. He competed against •
gone, but I am confident it will fall into capable
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hands. An endeavor I have my sights on in retireThe annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade came off am proud of his effort and performance. Robert •
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19th Annual Football Raffle
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Sunday, November 4, 2012
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These are some of the people who have had a positive, lasting influence on my career as a plumber.
Assuredly there are many more, for I believe each
one of us leaves his or her mark as we cross life’s
many paths. I have had a great career and a memorable time in my 10 years as Business Manager
of Plumbers Local 130, UA. It is each acquaintance and experience I treasure most, and I will
miss everyone I have had the pleasure to know.
members of Plumbers Local 130, beginning with
March. I am pleased to report that the March primary election was successful for several candidates that we supported. We know who our friends
in government are, and have introduced them in
the Plumber’s Quarterly as well as at union meetings and in a special mailing to Local 130 members. Our support again wasn’t limited to talk or
words. With the help of many volunteers, we went
into the community to ask voters to cast their
votes in the March 13 primary. I want to thank all
the members who gave a few hours of their time
on the first two Saturdays in March to help gather
support for our candidates (see photos of these
Political Action Saturdays on page 9).
tion of parade book — and onsite coordination the
day of the parade, this is still a mammoth undertaking, but our team of volunteers measured up to
the job in 2012. Thanks to all who helped and
joined us at the parade. (You’ll see and read lots
more about the parade on pages 5-7.)
WEAR THE BUTTON
EVERY DAY ON THE JOB.
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All Industry Calendar – May 2012 - July 2012
Date:
Local 130 U.A.
Time:
Type:
Location:
June 12
July 10
July 14
August
August 3
August 12-17
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Plumbers Union Meeting
Plumbers Union Meeting
Duffers’ Club Golf Outing
No Plumbers Union Meeting
Plumbing Industries 47th Annual Golf Outing
UA Annual Instructor Training Program
Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago
Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago
Bloomingdale Country Club, Bloomingdale, IL
7:00 p.m.
Cog Hill Golf Course, Lemont, IL
Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI
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Plumbing Council
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May 29
June 26
July
8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Board Meeting
Board Meeting
T.B.D.
Maggianos, 240 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL
Maggianos, 240 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL
June Outing
No Meeting
Details Forthcoming
General Meeting
General Meeting
Annual Golf Outing
Sam Buca’s Restaurant, 12231 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights, IL
Sam Buca’s Restaurant, 12231 S. Harlem Ave., Palos Heights, IL
Silver Lakes Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park, IL
Plumbing Contractors Association
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June 12
July
South Side Contractors
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May 16
June 20
July 13
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
West Suburban Plumbing Contractors
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May 23
June 20
July 18
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Membership Meeting
Membership Meeting
Membership Meeting
Hillside Best Western Hotel, 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL
Hillside Best Western Hotel, 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL
Hillside Best Western Hotel, 4400 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL
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North & West Side Master Plumbers Club
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June 6
June 30
July
August
6pm
Noon
Regular Meeting
Sunrise Grill, 1930 E. Touhy Ave., Des Plaines, IL
Annual Golf Outing
Maple Meadows Golf Course, 272 Addison Rd., Wood Dale, IL
No Meeting
No Meeting
For more information, please contact Don Zimmer at 847-825-7658
Triangle Plumbing Club
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May 11
June 2
June 15
July
7:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Annual Picnic
Regular Meeting
No Meeting
Skyway Bowling Lanes, 9915 S. Torrence Ave., Chicago
Dan Ryan Woods, Grove #10, 83rd & Western Ave., Chicago
Skyway Bowling Lanes, 9915 S. Torrence Ave., Chicago
May 22
June 26
July 24
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Regular Meeting
Regular Meeting
Gusto Ristorante Italiano, 1740 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL
Gusto Ristorante Italiano, 1740 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL
Gusto Ristorante Italiano, 1740 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL
City of Chicago Plumbing License Test
The next plumbing Written Exam is Saturday, June 2, 2012
Location: Hillside Holiday Inn, 4400 Frontage Rd., Hillside, IL
The next plumbing practical license test is Saturday, August 4, 2012 (Seating is limited)
Location: 1400 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago
For more information contact: Cheryl Stavropoulos. Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-359-1313 Ext: 105
Need a refresher? The Written License Test Review is held 6 Wednesday nights before the test.
The Practical License Test Review is held 2 Thursday nights before the test. Call the JAC office, 312-421-1028 to register.
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