Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union 73 was chartered in 1892 and is one of the largest locals in the International with over 4,800 members. Local 73 covers all of Cook and Lake Counties.


As we celebrate Labor Day weekend and the hard-fought accomplishments of the labor movement, it's important to remember that Bruce Rauner would be a nightmare for workers if he were elected.

Bruce Rauner has a record of outsourcing jobs overseas and laying off workers to drive his own bottom line. Rauner actually said the other day that "not every job belongs in America."

While Governor Quinn fights for every job in Illinois and has driven down our unemployment rate to its lowest point in six years, Bruce Rauner's own business relied on straight-up outsourcing jobs overseas. Rauner profited from operating in cheap labor markets in countries like India, China, the Philippines and Pakistan - countries with low wages, zero protections for workers, and prevalent child labor.

Bruce Rauner has also proposed to cut the minimum wage.

Bruce Rauner wants to be the Scott Walker of Illinois. Rauner has said his hero is Scott Walker, who ended eight decades of labor peace in Wisconsin and stripped employees of collective bargaining rights.

Rauner's companies have been successfully sued for violating fair labor laws and abusing workers.



Urgent call-come and support local labor!

There will be a labor rally held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, starting at 10:00 AM in front of the offices of Vivify Services and Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group at 1048 W. Madison Street

Inflatables and Banners are welcome.

Click here for the flyer


The Chicago & Cook County Building Trades Council
will be hosting it's

74th Annual All Faiths Memorial Service

on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 am.
The Mass will be held at
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
located at 8404 Cass Avenue, Darien, IL

Click here for a map of the area.

Click here for the flyer.


Building Trades Softball Tournament


Sheet Metal Workers' Local 73 is proud to participate in the

Bernard J. Spatz Annual
Dollars Against Diabetes
Softball Tournament

The tournament is now being held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at:

St. Christina Fields and Mt. Greenwood Park
111th Street & Central Park
Chicago, IL

First round games start promptly at 9:00 am.  All games that start after the 9:00 am games will start as soon as both teams and designated fields are available.

SMW 73 is playing the first round against Iron Workers Local 63 at Mt. Greenwood Field #4. Click here to view our field position.

Click here to view the Softball Tournament Brackets

Championship and Consolation games start approximately at 2:30 pm

Last year, our team made it to the 3rd round.

Everyone is welcome. Spectators and Fans are encouraged to attend and may want to bring lawn chairs.  This is a day of solidarity, fun and good sportsmanship. The goal is to have a good time and raise money for Juvenile Diabetes.

All proceeds collected for this event by the
Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council
goes to "Dollars Against Diabetes".

Food and beverages can be purchased at the concession stand.

For a map of the area, click here.

The new fall class schedule is posted on our website.  Please click the "Training" tab for more information.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


As you are aware, our contract agreement between SMACNA Greater Chicago and the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Local No. 73 expires on May 31, 2014.

After the initial contract proposal vote was rejected on Monday, May 19, 2014, negotiations with SMACNA Greater Chicago reopened.  A vote on a revised contract proposal was held on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

A vote to ratify the revised proposed contract has been ACCEPTED.

There were 636 votes cast, with 2 spoiled ballots.  The final tally is 377 accepting the proposed contract and 257 rejecting the proposed contract.



Sheet Metal Workers Local #73 Veteran's Committee is still selling paver bricks for a walk to go around our Flag Pole.

We already have some bricks installed, and are planning on installing more bricks now that the weather is getting warmer.

Bricks are $50 each, and can accomodate up to 3 lines, with up to 13 characters per line.


Brick layout


You do not need to be a Veteran in order to purchase a brick.  Click here for an order form..



A study was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michigan State University to examine the economic and social impact of the statewide prevailing wage law for public contruction projects in Illinois.


There were five key findings:


  1. Prevailing wages do NOT lead to increases in costs of public construction projects
  2. Repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law WOULD result in job losses throughout the state, decreased GDP, and millions of dollars in lost revenue
  3. More construction workers WOULD lose their lives due to fatal work-related injuries, and construction workers would lose many of their work-related benefits
  4. Prevailing wage laws ENCOURAGE apprenticeship training in the construction industry
  5. Prevailing wage laws do NOT reduce participation of African-American workers in construction trades


The study found that prevailing wages for public construction projects in Illinois provide numerous positive economic and social impacts for both construction workers and the state. It also predicts that a repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law would NOT result in savings for taxpayers or the state, or lead to increased employment of African-American construction workers. It found that the repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law WOULD result in job losses throughout the state's economy, increased construction worker fatalities, and declines in valuable social impacts, such as construction worker benefits and training opportunities.


To read the full study, please click here.



A study was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  The study provides a national assessment and Illinois forecast on the effect of right-to-work laws on important labor market outcomes, including earnings, employment, unionization and inequality.  Right-to-work laws were nationally evaluated in those targeted areas, and then a separate analysis was applied to Illinois.


There were six key findings:


  1. Right-to-work lowers workers earnings
  2. The evidence is inconclusive on right-to-work's employment effect
  3. Right-to-work reduces union membership
  4. Right-to-work increases gender and racial wage inequality
  5. Right-to-work reduces employee benefits and increases workplace fatalities
  6. Adopting a right-to-work law would have negative impacts on the Illinois economy and budget


To read the full study, please click here.


House Bill 924 – Responsible Bidding

On April 19th, members of the Illinois House of Representatives voted on House Bill 924, regarding Responsible Bidding.  The bill PASSED and is now making it's way through the Illinois Senate.  The bill has passed through the Senate Labor Committee, and it is on it's way to the full Senate.  The Senate Hearings that were scheduled for May 16 were postponed.  A new date has not been set.


This act will require that a public body awarding a contract for public work shall call for bids and require each bidder to be a responsible bidder.  A Responsible Bidder is someone who meets all of the following:


(1) Complies with all the laws required to do business in Illinois


(2) Provide evidence of a Federal Employer Tax Identification Number or Social Security Number (for individuals)


(3) Provide evidence of compliance with Equal Opportunity Employer provisions.


(3) Provide evidence of all specified insurance coverages, including: general liability, workers’ compensation, completed operations, automobile, hazardous occupation and product liability.


(4) Compliance with all provisions of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, including wages, medical and hospitalization insurance and retirement for those trades covered in the act.


**(5) The bidder and all bidder’s sub-contractors must participate in active apprenticeship and training programs approved and registered with the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for each of the trades of work contemplated under the awarded contract.**


(6) Comply with any other additional requirements a community may find beneficial


We urge you to contact your Senators, and ask them to pass HB 924.  To find your district, visit


To find contact information for your Senators, visit


You can also cast an electronic witness slip online at


To read the full text of HB 924, visit


 For more information on Responsible Bidding, visit



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Please keep an eye out for YELLOW LABELS on all Spiral, Pipe and Fittings. If you see that they have no label or are using a Blue Label, please contact the Union Office immediately at 708-449-0073. It is essential that yellow labels are used on all these products. This is crucial in protecting the position of our Union!







Rocco Terranova   President and Business Manager
Raymond Suggs   Financial Secretary-Treasurer
Michael Vittorio   Recording Secretary
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