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Carpenters Local 250
2454 E. Dempster St
Suite 204
Des Plaines IL 60016
847-662-7421

We are part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters
and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
We were established in 1892 and incorporated in Illinois.

We are 125 years old!


Formerly in Waukegan, we are now located in Des Plaines. We share office space with Local 1539. Our meetings are held in Lake Villa. We want to encourage members to come to our meetings. Even if you haven't been to a meeting in a long time, it's OK, you are welcome. It's a chance to meet and network with past and present coworkers, learn about the issues we're all facing, and find out about jobs and opportunities. Pay your dues, have a snack, or you might even win a raffle.



Why Union is better

It's wrong to say that unions have outlived their purpose, or that they are no longer needed. Unions have provided benefits and protections for their members for over a century. America owes the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week to unions. Today unions are fighting against discrimination, for fairness, justice, and progress, and for decent living wages. These ideals are under attack now more than ever.

Union carpenters are experienced, well-trained professionals who enjoy fair wages and good benefits.

Contractors benefit from having a pool of dedicated, highly skilled craftsmen available for any size project. Carpenters with specialized skill and safety certifications are readily available.

Architects know that union jobs run more smoothly and with fewer surprises.

End-customers benefit from safe work places, and from the training and experience of union workers. Union signatory contractors tend to be well-established firms: stable, fully insured, and bonded.

Society benefits from having solid infrastructure built for the ages, by stable workers who take pride in their work.

Union wages set the standard for the wages of all workers.

Rights and Responsibilities

So the UBC has developed the Carpenters' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to let all the men and women who put on their tools each morning know what they deserve and what they should expect to produce for their employers and for their communities. We believe that all working people have a right to:

  • A good job with benefits
  • A living wage that can support a family
  • Security and dignity in work and retirement
  • A safe and secure workplace
  • Education and training to reach your full potential

With rights come responsibilities

  • Being productive, efficient workers
  • Producing work of the highest quality; work that we stand behind
  • Improving our communities
  • Helping fellow workers achieve safety and security in the workplace
  • Being active citizens and informed voters

In a word, since our founding, we have always believed in a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.


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Contact

New Address
Phone
Fax
Email 1
Email 2

2454 E Dempster St, Suite 204, Des Plaines IL 60016
847-662-7421
847-662-7760
local250@carpentersunion.org
local250@carpenterslocal250.com

Office Hours: 8:00 to 4:00




Officers
PRESIDENT Mark Bitto TRUSTEES DELEGATES
VICE-PRESIDENT  John Rudd  PRO TEM Joel Pogose Joe Heilgeist
FINANCIAL SECRETARY  Jim Rosemeyer Jeff Dick Mark Bitto
RECORDING SECRETARY David DeGross Joe Bitto Jim Rosemeyer
TREASURER   Paul Brown Joel Pogose
CONDUCTOR  Ryan Reitman Jeff Dick
WARDEN  Joe Huss

Meetings

We hold our membership meetings at the VFW Post #4308, 130 East Grand Ave, Lake Villa, Illinois 60046, on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. The VFW post is located in front of the Metra station parking lot. besides the VFW parking lot, additional free parking is available in the Metra lot at that hour. 

Local 250 News . . .

  • Dues. You may come in to the office to pay your dues, and Linda would love to see you. Or you can mail them to the new address, or pay at our meetings if that is more convenient for you. 
  • Business meetings. Thanks to all members who turned out for our November meeting. We had a large turnout. Our next meeting will be on Monday December 11 at 7:00 PM at the VFW post in Lake Villa. Members of other locals, if they are in good standing, are also welcome at our meetings.
  • Thinking of taking a skill advancement class at the Training Center? The schedules are now online here 
  • We are the union. The union is not a collection of elected officers, or some kind of abstraction. It's people, you and me, members who work to make a better life for all of us.
  • Picketing, Handbilling and Bannering campaign. There is some picketing activity going on right now, right in Lake County. Want to join us? The Regional Council will contribute one month of Local Union dues, $27.00, for each (minimum four-hour) day of participation, or $8.00 in contributions to the Welfare Fund for each hour you spend volunteering, capped at $600.00 per year. You would still be responsible for Life Insurance or any other payments to the Local. Please call if you are interested, and help us win back the work!
  • The work situation is going strong after a bit of a lull in the spring, and the third quarter is turning out to be busy. We are pleased to welcome back more former members. New projects are starting or restarting. Contractors have plans for millions of square feet of building area.
  • Work in Iowa: Carpenters are still urgently needed to work in southeast Iowa, northwest Ohio, and the Rockford area. We have placed some members there. The pay and benefits may vary. If you are interested in working there you should make adequate preparations. Always complete the reciprocity forms before going out of state to work.
  • The commercial sector is very strong, with job openings right here in Lake County. Schools are adding on and making improvements. There is also definite improvement in the residential area. It's time to rejoin us if you have been away.
  • Remember that in order to qualify for benefits during the July-August-September quarter,you must have hours earned during March-April-May, or enough hours credited in the past 12 months. Visit the Carpenters Benefit Funds page for a full explanation.
  • If you see fly-by-night contractors working on jobs where they don't belong, let the BA know. We can't let them steal our work.
  • For those members who have a scaffold card, it's always easier to renew your expiring card than to have to be recertified. 



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Scholarships (no applications currently being accepted)

The Ted Kenney – George Vest Jr. Scholarship provides financial support to college-bound children of members of local unions affiliated with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. Local 250 had two winners in 2017 as well as in 2016The application deadline for the $1,000 scholarships was July 1, 2017

CISCO Board Expands Scholarship Program. The Construction Industry Service Corporation’s (CISCO) Board of Directors expanded its scholarship program this year. They now offer three ($2,000/year) 4-year scholarship awards and two 2-year awards ($1,000) to high school seniors planning to attend community college; and (2) two-year continuing education awards ($1,000/year) to union members or contractor employees.The CISCO Scholarship Program deadline for 2017 was Feb 17. For more information visit the CISCO website - www.cisco.org  or call CISCO at 630-472-9411.

William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship - Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 scholarships to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each, to five winners of the Academic Competition and five winners of the Random Drawing. The funds may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. Applications for the 2017 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship are now closed.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program - Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 2,700 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.) The deadline for 2017 was January 31.

 


Union News



    SAFETY 
    The Construction Safety Council website has safety posters and information. http://www.cpwr.com/sites/default/files/publications/Hot-Weather-Hazard-Alert_1.pdf
    The Center for Construction Research and Training has hazard alert cards that you can download or order for posting on jobsites. They have concise information on aerial lifts, CO poisoning, nailgun safety, heat exposure, fall protection, confined spaces, and many other topics for construction workers, in English or Spanish. The Construction Safety Council is here

    Tired of Smoking?  Quit For Life®

    Dear Participant and Family Members:

    The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund is excited to offer the Quit For Life® Program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society® and Alere Wellbeing.  The Quit For Life® Program is the nation's leading tobacco cessation program.  The program helps people overcome their physical, psychological and behavioral addiction to tobacco using a seamlessly integrated mix of medication support, phone-based cognitive behavioral coaching and web-based learning and social support.

    If you join the Quit For Life Program, you can create a Quitting Plan that is designed to meet your individual needs and provide you with as much help as you need, when you need it. You will have access to an online learning and social support community, a printed workbook, nicotine replacement therapy support and toll-free access to dedicated Quit Coaches® who are always ready to offer you expert support.

    The Quit For Life Program is provided free of charge to you and your eligible dependents age 18 and older. This program will teach you the techniques and provide the tools needed to be ready, both physically and emotionally, to quit using tobacco for life.

    Call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454) to register.  When you call, it will be necessary to identify yourself as a member of the "Chicago Carpenters."  You can also enroll online at www.quitnow.net/crcc.  Select "Enroll online now" to begin the registration process.  You must be eligible for benefits at the time of your enrollment.  Quit For Life personnel are available to answer your questions and guide you through the process. You can do this!




     
    Links


    CRCC LINKS


    The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters website is the gateway for information for our members. Pension, insurance, and benefits information, voter registration, political action, organizing, and safety programs.

    Find Out More About Benefits of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare and Pension Funds. The website will answer most questions about our Union benefits for apprentice, active, and retiree members.

    Or go directly to any of these areas: Eligibility, Contacts, Life Events, News and Announcements, Continuation Coverage, Life Insurance, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Vision Plan, Dental Plan, Prescription Drug Plan, Comprehensive Medical Benefits, Disability Coverage and Trust Information.


    If you lose your insurance coverage: An important thing to remember about  Continuation Coverage is that if you lose your regular Carpenters health plan coverage due to insufficient work hours, you are eligible to continue the same coverage you had while actively working, or select alternative coverage with reduced benefits. If you lose your continuation coverage but your spouse's employer offers insurance, the HIPAA law gives you the right within 30 days to get covered through special enrollment at any time of the year without waiting for the open enrollment period.  

    Chicago Area Apprenticeship & Training Center website

    The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters is also on Facebook

    OTHER UNION LINKS

    United Brotherhood of Carpenters International 

    The Carpenter's Forum magazine

    Please read the article 5 Reasons Why We Love Labor Unions and Need Them More Than Ever

    The AFL-CIO is a federation of 55 distinct unions.  https://aflcio.org/ has many resources. They strive to build and support the rights of working people and fight to vanquish social and economic injustice for members and non-members alike.

    We are affiliated with The LAKE COUNTY BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL. Visit their website at  http://www.lakecountybuildingtrades.com/

    The Chicago Federation of Labor is the central labor body for more than 300 Chicago-area unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO.  The membership of the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations unions exceeds 500,000. The main objective of the CFL is to stand up for working men and women by supporting organizing efforts to ensure that workers' rights are upheld both on the job and in the courts.

    MORE LINKS

    Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that connects retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.

    Lake County gateway for the Affordable Care Act http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Primary/Pages/AffordableCareAct.aspx How, when, and where to apply locally for health care insurance under the Federal plan.

    http://www.lakecountypassage.com has Lake County real-time traffic congestion maps, road construction status, and travel times. The County now has a smartphone app for traffic conditions and  other county business. The Washington Street Underpass project in Grayslake is underway.  See http://www.washingtonunderpass.com/ for details and the work schedule.

    Obamacare enrollment. For those lacking other insurance, health care coverage is available under the Affordable Care Act. But there are roadblocks this year. Although the Open Enrollment Period  for health care insurance under the ACA begins on Nov. 1, this year the period ends on Dec 15, a month and a half before normal. There is also a Special Enrollment Period  available at any time of the year, if you or your dependent loses existing coverage. For example, let’s say you retire and your daughter loses the coverage you had. Or a marriage, a birth, a move, or other Qualifying Life Event changes your circumstances. In those cases, you can still get coverage within 60 days of the event. Go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ or getcoveredillinois.gov/ for details. The process and the website have been vastly inproved and streamlined. And remember that if you have any kind of insurance at all, including Medicare,you are entitled to a free annual wellness checkup/preventive screening. Below is a statement from Senator Dick Durbin regarding the current enrollment period that ends on December 15, 2017

    The Durbin Report: Despite President Trump’s Sabotage, The Affordable Care Act Is Still Here — And It’s Time To Get Covered

    Fellow Illinoisan, 

    Despite President Trump’s year-long effort to sabotage and undermine America’s health care system, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land and that means that affordable, quality health care coverage is available for you and your family. Illinoisans in need of individual market insurance have from now until December 15, 2017 to sign up for a health plan that will cover them next year. Sign up early and don’t miss your window!

    Here’s how you can enroll: Call Get Covered Illinois: 866-311-1119 (open every day during open enrollment, except for Thanksgiving Day) or visit https://getcovered.illinois.gov

    Keep in mind that eight out of ten people shopping in the individual market will qualify for financial help that will keep their monthly premiums between $50 and $100. There is also free, local, and in-person enrollment help available to help you better understand your options and select the right insurance plans for your needs. Additional resources can be found on my website here.

    Worker's Compensation laws have been weakened in 33 states including Illinois. We have new guidebooks that explain your rights. Get experienced counsel in case of injury. See http://cisco.org/workers-comp/

    Jeep and Associates  Markham M. Jeep & Associates, P.C
     200 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue  Waukegan, IL 60085
     Phone: (847) 360 - 3300
     Fax: (847) 360-3303
     http://www.mjeeplaw.com



    Asbestosis and mesothelioma are diseases that are more common among construction workers than among the general public. Asbestos was formerly
    used widely in building and insulating material, and it can still be found in older buildings. Some of our workers have been exposed to this carcinogenic material in the past. Besides needing specialized medical treatment, victims may need the services of a law firm that specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation like https://www.vogelzanglaw.com/

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    Find your US Representative

    Contact your Illinois State Legislators and your County Board Representative If you live in Lake County, just find your house on this map and the information will appear.

    Alzheimers Disease Information Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias are becoming an epidemic in America. The numbers are startling. If you don't already, the chances are good that you will know someone who suffers from this terrible condition. The Alzheimer’s Association launched the Union Engagement Program in 2016 to help families affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Here is some information you can see without leaving the Local 250 website, but you can learn more from 

    Tara M. Pink, M.A. Engagement Manager

    Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter 

    8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 800 

    Chicago, IL 60631

     847.779.6976 | tpink@alz.org | www.alz.org/illinois

    or check the following links for more reading:

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/03/11/illinois-could-see-18-increase-in-alzheimers-deaths-by-2025
    /http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/brown-alzheimers-deaths-rising-in-illinois-and-why-i-care/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gut-bacteria-alzheimers_us_589e0e09e4b03df370d628be?
    http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/caregiver-early-onset-dementia?
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neurological-diseases-healthcare-cost_us_58dd3701e4b0e6ac709308cf?
    Here is a recording "Supporting Couples Living With Dementia: How Spouses' Roles Change."

    SENIOR BENEFITS

    Aging isn't all bad. Click here for some benefits available to Illinois residents of a certain age.




    Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Affiliated Locals
    Central Region Locals
    Local 1
    1327 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 101
    Chicago, IL 60607
    312-850-0848
    Email
    Local 10
    7625 W. 100th Place
    Bridgeview, IL 60455
    708-233-4610
    Email
    Local 13
    300 S. Ashland Ave., Rm. 102
    Chicago, IL 60607
    312-829-1396
    Email 1 Email 2
    Local 54
    7625 W. 100th Place
    Bridgeview, IL 60455
    708-598-4554
    Email
    Local 58
    3545 W. Peterson Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60659
    773-267-5858
    Email
    Local 62
    821 Chicago Road
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    708-754-6262
    Email 1 Email 2 
    Local 74L
    4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 211
    Lisle, IL 60532
    630-325-1584
    Email 
    Local 80
    7432 W. Grand Ave.
    Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    708-453-8082
    Email
    Local 141
    7625 West 100th Place
    Bridgeview, IL 60455
    708-598-1141
    Email 1  Email 2 
    Local 174
    1407 Essington Road
    Joliet, IL 60435
    815-725-9473
    Email
    Local 181
    7432 W. Grand Ave.
    Elmwood Park, IL 60707
    708-453-4400
    Email
    Local 250 (New Location)
    2454 East Dempster, Suite 204
    Suite 204
    Des Plaines IL 60016

    847-662-7421
    Email 1  Email 2
    Local 272
    821 Chicago Road
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    708-755-6879
    Email
    Local 363
    769 Heartland Drive, Unit D
    Sugar Grove, IL  60554
    630-466-0232
    Email
    Local 434
    821 Chicago Road
    Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    708-709-0834
    Email
    Local 496
    1012 N. 5th Ave.
    Kankakee, IL 60901
    815-933-5041
    Email
    Local 558
    245 W. Roosevelt Road, Bldg. 15-Suite 135
    West Chicago, IL 60185
    630-231-6513
    Email
    Local 578
    4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 211
    Lisle, IL 60532
    630-325-6072
    Email 
    Local 839
    2500 W. Higgins Road, Suite 1035
    Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
    847-490-8839
    Email
    Local 916
    769 Heartland Drive, Unit D
    Sugar Grove, IL 60554
    630-466-0232
    Email
    Local 1027
    4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 210
    Lisle, IL 60532
    630-323-1027
    Email  Website
    Local 1185
    4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 213
    Lisle, IL 60532
    630-325-4132
    E-mail  Website
    Local 1307
    4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 201
    Lisle, IL 60532
    630-836-9228
    Email
    Local 1539
    2454 East Dempster, Suite 204
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
    847-768-9161
    Email
    Local 1693
    4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 211
    Lisle, IL 60532
    630-325-6036
    Email  Website
    Local 1889
    4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 202
    Lisle, IL 60532
    630-271-9950
    Email
    Local 2087
    769 Heartland Drive, Unit D
    Sugar Grove, IL 60554
    630-466-0232
    Email
     
    Western Region Locals   
    Local 4
    6623 W. Kimberly Road
    Davenport, IA 52806
    563-386-1618
    Email
    Local 166
    1015 4th St. West
    Milan, IL 61264
    309-787-9877
    Email
    Local 195
    1001 Boyce Memorial Drive
    Ottawa, IL 61350
    815-433-1541
    Email
    Local 308
    350 Waconia Court SW
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
    319-363-0279
    Email
    *
    Local 678

    1638 Central Ave.
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    563-582-8521
    Email
    Local 790
    1008 Seventh Ave.
    Rock Falls, IL 61071
    815-626-1533
    Email
    Local 792
    212 S. First St.
    Rockford, IL 61104
    815-963-8675
    Email
    *
    Local 1260

    705 S. Clinton St.
    Iowa City, IA 52240
    319-338-1638
    Email
    Local 2158
    2707 62nd Street Court
    Bettendorf, IA 52722
    563-332-2158
    Email
    * In January 2016, Locals 678 and 1260 left the CRCC and merged with the North Central States Regional Council

    Northern Region Locals
      Notice: As of January 2016, these six southeast Wisconsin Locals are no longer part of the CRCC. They merged with the North Central States Regional Council but we'll keep their contact information here temporarily. 
    Local 161
    3030 39th Ave.
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    262-652-3328
    Fax: 262-652-4442
    Email
    Local 264
    N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
    P.O. Box 790
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    262-970-5777
    Fax:  262-970-5770
    Email
    Local 344
    N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
    P.O. Box 790
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    262-970-5777
    Fax:  262-970-5770
    Email
    Local 1053
    N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
    P.O. Box 790
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    262-970-5777
    Fax:  262-970-5770
    Email
    Local 2283
    N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
    P.O. Box 790
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    262-970-5777
    Fax:  262-970-5770
    Email
    Local 2337
    N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
    P.O. Box 790
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    262-970-5777
    Fax:  262-970-5770
    Email
    Southern Region Locals   These four Locals joined the CRCC in January 2016
    Local 237
    2412 N Main St,
    East Peoria, IL 61611

    Phone: 309-698-1830
    Fax: 309-698-9664

    CARPENTERs237.com
    email carpenters237@mcircc.com

    Local 243
    402 S Duncan Rd
    Champaign, IL 61821

    Phone: 217-356-5463

    http://www.carpenters243.com
    email-see website form


    Local 270
    211 W. Lawrence Ave
    Springfield, IL 62704

    Phone: 217-528-7571
    Fax: 217-528-9364

    http://carpenters270.com
    email-see website form
    Millright Local 1051
    602 Keokuk Street
    Lincoln, IL 62656

    Phone: 217-735-1051
    Fax: 217-732-1051

    http://www.millwrightlocal1051.com
    email-see website form


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    Don't let people tell you that unions are obsolete. 
    United States law supports collective bargaining. Unions are the backbone of the middle class, and union wages set the standard for the pay and working conditions of all workers. Therefore, Unions benefit every American worker.

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