Illinois Senate Bill 1880, which would require that only licensed electricians plan, install, repair and maintain wiring and equipment for electrical light, heat and power, is in a holding pattern. It is a shell bill with its previous language stripped out, and the parties involved -- electrical, plumbing and HVAC unions -- are still drafting new language. All parties must agree on new language before the bill can go forward.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.