Local 501 is a local union of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), a 326,000-member multi-craft association that trains and certifies pipe fitters, welders, and other skilled workers in the piping-systems industry.
The UA, founded in Washington, D.C., in 1889 is a member of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) as well as the Canadian Federation of Labour.
One of more than 400 UA locals in the United States and Canada, Local 501 has union jurisdiction over the Illinois counties of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane and Kendall, where our 2,200 members fabricate, install and service pipe systems for plumbing, medical gas, heating and cooling, and water and sewage treatment.
Local 501 was formed when UA locals 319 of Aurora, 507 of Glendale Heights, 514 of Warrenville, 554 of Elgin, and 612 of DeKalb joined forces in 1997. Our combined local planned and built a new Aurora headquarters which we have occupied since September 2000. Our building houses the General Union Office, the Northern Illinois Benefits Funds Office and the Education Office and Training Center. Our Pipers Banquets hall hosts wedding receptions, fundraisers and other community events. In 2007, the Training Center expanded to add an HVAC training facility also located in Aurora.
By order of UA General President William Hite, Local 501 was consolidated into Chicago Plumbers Local 130 and Chicago Pipefitters Local 597 effective April 1, 2013.