Chicago Federation of Labor Scholarship Application

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William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 scholarships to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each. The funds may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

Completed applications must be received by the CFL by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The CFL is located at 130 E. Randolph Street, Suite 2600, Chicago, IL 60601. Applications may be dropped off at the office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.


  • The applicant must be a senior in high school and graduating in the spring of 2018.
  • Either the applicant or the applicant’s parent must be a member in good standing of a CFL-affiliated union. To confirm a union’s affiliation status, please call 312.222.1000.
  • The applicant must choose to enter either the Random Drawing or Academic Competition for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship. Students are not eligible to enter both categories. APPLICANTS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER BOTH CATEGORIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
  • Only completed applications, with the personal essay, will be accepted.

Complete details are included in each application.

75th Anniversary Dinner Dance

On September 30th, 2017 the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center will host Carpenters Local 1185 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance.

This event will be open to the first 500 members in “GOOD STANDING”.  Each member will need to send in a check or money order of $100 in order to reserve their spot.  The check or money order will BE RETURNED upon checking in at the event.

You can call the hotel at 630-719-8000 to book your room.  Please mention our dinner dance to receive a discount.

Invitations have been sent to every member.  If you have questions, please call the office.

INSTALL Chicago First in UBC for Protect-All Certification

INSTALL Chicago first in UBC for Protect-All Certification


Oscoda Plastics, manufacturer of Protect-All Flooring, chose the INSTALL Chicago Team to become the first 2nd party to provide their Certification Program.


Protect-All Commercial Flooring is slip-resistant flooring, manufactured from 100% pre-consumer recycled content.  Uses include commercial kitchens, cafeterias, healthcare, fitness rooms, veterinarian offices, etc.  When installed properly, it is impervious to water, and containments.


Its unique properties, and installation guidelines, require for warranty purposes, that all installers must take an intense 2-day Certification process.  This includes classroom and hands on.  Attendees are instructed in on-site conditions, proper adhesives, installation techniques, seaming procedures, and maintenance.  In the past this was held only at the Protect-All manufacturing plant in Oscoda Michigan.


Protect-All, an endorser of the INSTALL Program came to Chicago to provide their Certification for 5 INSTALL Professional’s, representing 2 INSTALL Warranty Contractors, along with the Local 1185 Floor Covering Instructors.  When completed the 1185 Instructors will be able to conduct this Certification Process themselves.  This is a first for Oscoda Plastics, and Protect-All.


“We feel Chicago is a great market for our product” said Jim Demmeka, Protect-All Technical Sales Representative, “as a supporter of the INSTALL Program, we thought who else would be better to handle this for our company, we chose Chicago first because of the high quality contractors, and their installers”.  “As our market share increases, INSTALL offers a great opportunity to effectively provide the Training that’s required, ensuring our customer’s satisfaction is guaranteed.”

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