Building Unity

Labor Management

Project First Rate is a nonprofit labor-management organization, meaning both workers and businesses come together at the same table to work on things together. In the union construction industry, a productive working relationship between both sides is critical to the success of any project. PFR was created by leaders from labor and management that understood that their interests and values aligned more often than not, and there should be a formal entity to put these values into practice. Our board leadership draws from leaders of our region’s trade unions and contractor organizations and together, we represent over 15,000 tradespeople and hundreds of local contractors. This collaborative work extends beyond the PFR office, and includes the shared oversight and administration of apprenticeship programs, industry funds, safety policies, and community service projects.

Project First Rate Membership Information

Project First Rate is proud to be celebrating 30 years strong. In that time, we have built some of the region’s most noteworthy buildings and supported projects and initiatives important to our members and community. Our membership is an integral part of Project First Rate and we are proud to be affiliated with all of them. For more details on our membership and the skills they provide, please see the below table for reference.

Trade Local Union Jurisdiction Link/logo
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts
6
Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Davies, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
Carpenters
790
Carrol, Lee, Whiteside, Stephenson, Dekalb, Jo Davies, Ogle
Carpenters
792
Winnebago, Boone, Ogle
Cement Masons & Plasterers
11
Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Davies, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
Electrical Workers
364
Winnebago, DeKalb, Boone, Stephenson, Lee, Whiteside, Carrol
Ironworkers
498
Jo Davies, Winnebago, Stephenson, Boone, Ogle, Lee, Whiteside, Carrol
Laborers
32
Winnebago, DeKalb
Operating Engineers
150
Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Davies, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
Painters & Glaziers
607
Boone, Jo Davies, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
Plumbers & Pipefitters
23
Winnebago,. Boone, Stephenson,. Ogle, Jo Davies, Carrol
Roofers & Waterproofers
11
Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Davies, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago
Sheet Metal Workers
219
Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, Ogle Lee, Carrol, Whiteside
Association Name Trades Covered Link/Logo
Chicago Roofing Contractors Association
Roofers & Waterproofers
Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois
Painters & Glaziers
National Electrical Contractors Association - Northern IL Chapter
Electrical Workers
Northern Illinois Building Contractors Association
Bricklayers & Allied Crafts, Carpenters, Cement Masons & Plasterers, Ironworkers, Laborers, Operating Engineers
Piping Industry Council of Rockford
Plumbers & Pipefitters
SMACNA of Northern Illinois
Sheet Metal Workers