Business Manager Update 6/13/2022

Brothers and Sisters,

Have you checked out our website? Announcements, information on meetings, links to your benefits the Training Center, and more can be found there. Go to UALOCAL98.COM to see what’s happening. Next month we will print members who are working and are behind on dues and have a board set up for Union Meetings as a reminder.  If you are working with one of them, please have them call the hall. Also, when you leave 98 for a non-fringe paying contractor or an automotive plant, you will be immediately losing your Insurance and HRA as well as other benefits. Your decision for greener pastures is no longer at the expense of our funds.


All of the information regarding the scholarships available through Local 98 and the UA can be found on our website, These scholarships are open to the dependents of our members who are seeking a higher education. Please note, the deadline for the Local 98 Scholarship is June 30, 2022.

Meetings & Union Hall

The next Union Meeting will be held-on Thursday, July 14th at 7:00 pm. There will be a BBQ cookout before the meeting starting at 5:00 pm. The meeting will take place indoors at our Union Hall.

Retiree Meetings

The next Retiree Meeting is Wednesday, July 13th from 12 pm – 2 pm.

PAC Updates

We have endorsed the following judicial candidates: Judge Sima Patel for Michigan 2md District Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Caretti for 16th Circuit Court; John Gillis for 3rd Circuit Court; Judge Kirsten Hartig for District Court 52-4. For other candidates your PAC committee has indorsed, we will be finalizing our endorsements soon and updating the website. Your voice, your vote! Do not wait for the last minute to know your candidate.

Education Opportunities

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**Applications now being accepted. Make your favorite place your workplace, tell your friends about our apprenticeship program which is open now till July 31, 2022. To learn more and apply please visit


You have 48 hours to report being out of work and to fill out a SUB App. Once you have proof of unemployment, please send that to the hall at [email protected] so we can set you up in the SUB system. We are now able to offer Direct Deposit on SUB Pay. You should have received a letter in the mail with the form for Direct Deposit on SUB Pay. Please return that to the hall and note that it takes 30-60 days to set up. It is your responsibility to check your location on the Out of Work List. Make sure your contact information is up to date as well as MUST and other certifications. If you have any problems with state agencies involving unemployment, or questions on MUST models and staying current, please contact Gary Glaser at 313-580-0148 or Dan Nixon at 248-752-3702


We have exciting news as we now have a dedicated BeneSys employee at the Union Hall to help with benefit issues. His name is Andrew Hill and he will be at the hall daily. Andrew will be receiving the calls coming into the Local 98 dedicated number at BeneSys. That number is (248) 641-4988 Andrew will be working to create a process that assures members issues get addressed quickly and properly.


You can pay your dues online, over the phone, or by mailing in a check. You can also set up auto payments. If you have questions or want to pay your dues by phone, please call the hall at (248) 307-9800 ext. 3.

In Memoriam

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Brother Jack T. Duncan II who passed away on May 29, 2022 and was the father of Brother Frank Duncan. As well as Brother Robert McClain who passed away on June 12, 2022.


Congratulations to Brother George Hawthorne on his retirement. We wish you a long and healthy retirement.


FAMILY PICNIC will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 10 am – 6 pm at Lower Huron Metro Park, 40151 East Huron River Drive, Belleville, MI 48111. We will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and free admission, including water park. Please visit for more information or contact Jim Cools at (734)307-9841 or [email protected] or contact Jon DeRoo.


Plumbers Local 98 is looking into forming a hockey team to play league and tournament hockey. Any member interested in playing hockey for Local 98 please contact BA Dan Nixon. Call or text 248-752-3702 or email [email protected] for more information.

Springtime is here! Time to get on the field and play some softball. If you are interested in playing for the Local 98 Softball Team, please contact Manager Jeremy Pitts at (586) 405-9425.

ATTN: All Golfers!

Join us for the 44th Annual Detroit Plumbers Local 98 Scholarship Fund Golf Outing on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Sponsorships and Foursomes are now available. Please visit for more information or call Jon DeRoo at (248)762-9238 to sign up.

We are currently looking for Residential and Service Plumbers. This is a great opportunity to expand and grow, as many members are looking to retire. If you know anyone working Non-Union or is a past member that may be interested, have them call Organizer Rob Moses at 248-763-2187.

In solidarity I remain, Carlo Castiglione Business Manager Plumbers Local 98