Hardest Working Voices: Jason Reed Plumbers Local 130

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He’s a plumber, yes, but not like the stereotype many of us imagine: the handyman armed with a plunger who makes housecalls. Instead, the veteran of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 works with Hill Mechanical, a Chicago-based contracting firm.

“I’m definitely not your typical plumber that goes and plunges a toilet. This is way more intricate than that and very sensitive,” says Reed, 40, of North Kenwood. “If I don’t do my job right, I could put other people in danger.”

This story is part of the Sun-Times Hardest-Working Voices series, which spotlights Chicago area residents who keep our city and region humming. This organized labor profile is underwritten by Plumbers Local 130. Go to suntimes.com/voices to read more.

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