FAQs

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When is the next apprenticeship class going to be taken?

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Apprenticeship applications are taken every two years. The next open application process will take place in the summer of 2019. Please watch for announcements and instructions in the Peoria Journal Star, The Labor Paper, and our website.


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I am currently working in the HVAC/R industry, how can I become a member of Steamfitters Local 353?

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If you are currently working in the HVAC/R industry and we have a shortage of HVAC/R technicians; we may be able to direct enter you into our program. Please contact the Business Manager or Business Agent at 309-633-1353 to discuss your work history and find out about opportunities to join our Local.


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I have pipe welding experience, how can I become a member of Steamfitters Local 353?

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Welders with experience welding pipe are encouraged to come to the Steamfitters Local 353 Hall and take a welding test. We offer three welding tests:

  1. The first consists of welding 6 inch schedule 80 coupons with a TIG root, 7018 out.
  2. The second test is welding 6 inch schedule 80 coupons with a 6010 root, 7018 out.
  3. The last test is welding 2 inch schedule 10 stainless steel pipe, TIG all of the way.

All three tests are performed in a 6G position. The welds are then 100% x-rayed to determine acceptability.


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How much are my monthly dues?

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Member Status2017 Dues
Journeyman $29.00
Retirees $26.00
Retirees who turned age 65 between 1/1/2002 and 12/31/2006 $25.00
Retirees who turned 65 by 12/31/2001 $16.00

Member Status2018 Dues
Journeyman $31.00
Retirees $28.00
Retirees who turned age 65 between 1/1/2002 and 12/31/2006 $25.00
Retirees who turned 65 by 12/31/2001 $16.00

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I am ready to retire, who should I contact?

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Visit our Links for additional contact information.

DepartmentContactPhone
Local Pension Administrator: Pam Herrington 1-800-950-6789 Ext. 8238
Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension: www.ppnpf.org 1-800-638-7442
Health and Welfare: Lisa Mock  1-800-950-6789 Ext. 8262

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When I am eligible for Health Insurance?

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Members become eligible for Health and Welfare coverage when their employer has contributed $3,050 on their behalf. This equates to approximately 500 hours worked in Steamfitters Local 353 jurisdiction. Once eligibility is determined, Healthscope Benefits will automatically mail an enrollment packet to the member. Once this packet is completed and returned to Healthscope, insurance cards will be mailed. For additional information, please contact Lisa Corder at 1-800-950-6789, Option 3, Ext. 58262 or lisa.corder@healthscopebenefits.com.