Business Manager

Business Manager Update 12/13/21

Brothers and Sisters,

On behalf of your officers and staff, I would like to extend our best wishes for the holidays and the New Year. Let’s continue to be safe and smart so we can all remain healthy and happy.


The Local 98 election results are below. Each candidate is listed along with the total votes they each received. This information is also posted on our website,


Jimmy Cools – 346

Vice President

Rob Moses – 343

Recording Secretary

Jeff Chene – 281

Financial Secretary/Treasurer

Jon DeRoo – 355

Executive Board

Joe Wisniewski – 345

Paul “Dirty” Smith – 296

Alfred “Duffy” Callert – 293

Dan Willingham – 282

Inside Guard

Greg Dunn – 346

Business Manager

Carlo Castiglione – 366

Business Agent

Gary Glaser – 373

Wade Kovach – 332

Rufus Hamilton – 327

Dan Nixon – 280

Larry Delehant – 269

Finance Committee

Joe Barnhart – 292

Jim Ziegler – 290

Jeff Kavalar – 280

Examining Board

Mandy Morrison – 308

Ossie Motton – 275

Richard Call III – 245


Gary Glaser – 363

Carlo Castiglione – 349

Jon DeRoo – 347

Rufus Hamilton – 345

Wade Kovach – 333

Dan Nixon – 305

Larry Delehant – 278

Greg Dunn – 276

Jimmy Cools – 270

Joe Wisniewski – 266

Rob Moses – 263

Paul “Dirty” Smith – 240

Mandy Morrison  – 198

Jeff Kavalar – 197

Joe Barnhart – 177

Mark Little – 176

Jim Ziegler – 172

Alfred “Duffy” Callert – 152

Dan Willingham – 146

Ossie Motton – 111

Jeff Chene – 82

Richard Call III – 48

MEETINGS & Union Hall

The next Union Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 13th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place indoors at our Union Hall and all Covid restrictions in place will be adhered too. Masks are required WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE VACCINATED.

Retiree Meetings

The next Retiree meeting will be Wednesday, January 12th from 12pm – 2pm at the hall. Please note, any existing Covid-19 protocols are still being adhered to for these meetings.


Plumbers Local 98 Training Center is NOW accepting applications for our Apprenticeship Program through December 31, 2021. If you know anyone who is interested, please direct them to the Training Center’s website The deadline is fast approaching. Any questions regarding the apprenticeship program should be directed to the Training Center.

For continuing education opportunities or classes, you can contact Training Center Coordinator Ryan Lyle at 248-585-1435.

COVID-19 Information & Vaccine

Please visit for the most current COIVD-19 updates.


Its that time of year again for your Yearly Dues Payment to receive your Free Gift! The 2022 gift is your choice of a hi vis Full Zip Hoodie or a regular Hi Vis Hoodie. Letters are going out this week and will be in mailboxes soon. In order to be eligible members must pay their 2022 dues in full by January 31, 2022. Retirees receiving a pension from Local 98 are eligible if they are currently on or sign up for the Pension Auto Deduct Dues Program.  Any questions please contact FST Jon DeRoo at (248) 762-9238. Dues payments can be made by calling the hall during business hours or by calling Jon after hours.

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 any questions or need to pay dues, please contact Kristina at 248-307-9800 ext. 4 or Jon DeRoo after hours at 248-762-9238.


Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the Brothers we have recently lost. Richard Moss passed away on November 17, 2021, Robert Anding passed away on November 25, 2021, and Robert Schroeder passed away on November 27, 2021.


Congratulations to Brother Tom McWilliams on his retirement as an officer and member. May the road rise to meet you. Best of luck to you and your family.


Congratulations to Sister Raven Henderson on the birth of her daughter Royalty Rodgers. Raven’s son, Logan Puryear, is a very excited and helpful big brother.

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

COVID Vaccine, Booster, & Flu Shots

Brothers and Sisters,
I had been asked by our Executive Board if it was possible to have a Covid -19 boosters available for them at the hall? Well after some further conversation, we now have the opportunity for all Local 98 Members and Family to receive any of the Covid-19 vaccines, boosters and flu shots.
They will be administered on the second floor of the Union Hall on Election day December 2nd from 9am until we run out of them. Please bring your vaccination cards so they can be updated, Michigan has again become a hot spot for the transmission of this virus so contact you Doctor for any discussions or questions you may still have on its effectiveness.
All the officers and staff here hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a reminder to please come down to vote next Thursday December 2nd from 9am until 7pm and hopefully if needed receive a booster shot or vaccine.
In Solidarity I remain,
Carlo Castiglione
Business Manager
Plumbers Local Union 98

COVID-19 Information & Vaccine

In our industry, we have many Brothers and Sisters working in hospitals, surgical centers, and other healthcare facilities. Any facility that is a Medicare/Medicaid facility is required to comply with the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Interim Final Rule. The CMS Rule requires all staff, including anyone contracted to work in the facilities, to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu. We have received confirmation letters from Ascension, Henry Ford, and Trinity Health Systems. More are soon to be added.  You must get vaccinated in order to work at these places, as well as many others. This has nothing to do with the vaccine mandate that is currently at the Supreme Court. It is still your choice, all I can suggest is contact your doctor and educate yourself. The contractors have expressed their exhaustion moving non-vaccinated members to other jobs, eventually a lay-off will be harder to obtain.

Click here for confirmation letters.