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.

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


Toys for Tots

We are an official drop-off location for the Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive.

If you would like to donate a new, unwrapped toy (sorry, no stuffed animals, please), we will have a box in our Union Office Lobby, starting on Friday, November 6, 2015.

Thank you for bringing joy to a child's life this holiday season!




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



 For more information about Organizing, please click here to contact Eric Olson.



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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
Michael Webster




Dan Ahern Dave Brown Frank Iovinelli
Mike May Brian Mulheran  




      Eric Olson             Dave Sylvester




     Cliff Brooks Jeff Hillery Dan Lowery Tom Patzin




Dennis Berg Joe Gelardi Steve Pittman Tom Santore




  Nick Fricano     Ken Short




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