About Us

Who we are

Sheet metal work is a highly respected trade.   Local Union No. 265 serves nine counties in Illinois: DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Livingston, McHenry, and Will.  We were established on April 13, 1913, and are 2,124 union members strong!

We believe in being on the cutting edge of  technology, to better serve our customers and our union members.  Therefore, we are committed to keeping up with advances being made in our field.  This allows us to use the most modern methods and equipment in order to provide the best possible service.   

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Why choose a Union Local No. 265 Sheet Metal Worker?

Good sheet metal workers are true craftsmen.  Each one is required to have been fully trained in a wide variety of disciplines, putting to use their talents, both mental and physical, on a daily basis.  This assures you of getting a skilled professional, worthy of the respect the Sheet Metal Industry has proudly earned.

How do I find out more about a career in the Sheet Metal Industry?

The majority of our students complete the training and go on to have productive careers in the construction industry.  If you would like to find out more about the Apprentice program, and the golden opportunity for an exciting career in the Sheet Metal Industry, click here.



Why join the union?

Unions provide social and economic justice to employees who work for an hourly wage.  Workers have joined unions because they know they have a far greater chance of success with the strength of a union for support.  When an individual goes one-on-one with an employer, the chances for success are virtually zero. American workers have been joining together in democratic unions since the end of the 18th Century. Economic history has shown that only when workers join together in unions, can their voices be heard and the lives of themselves and their families be bettered.

Today, some 14 million men and women belong to unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). They include teachers, doctors, lawyers, construction workers, airline pilots, technicians, engineers, and sports stars, to name a few.

``Long ago, we stated the reason for labor organizations. We said that they were organized out of the necessities of the situation; that a single employee was helpless in dealing with an employer; that he was dependent ordinarily on his daily wage for the maintenance of himself and family; that if the employer refused to pay him the wages that he thought fair, he was nevertheless unable to leave the employer and resist arbitrary and unfair treatment; that union was essential to give laborers opportunity to deal on equality with their employer."

- Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Charles Evans Hughes, in NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., 301 U. S.1 at 33.


 

Why join Sheet Metal Workers International Association Union Local 265?

The only union devoted exclusively to helping workers in the sheet metal industry is the Sheet Metal Workers' International Association (SMWIA).

Local Union No. 265 has an award winning training program, which will help you acquire the necessary skills to have a successful career in the construction industry.   We also offer a very attractive benefits package.

To find out more about how you can join Local Union No. 265, e-mail Brian McSherry, Matthew Gugala, Louise Medina or call one of them at 630-668-0110.