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CISCO Luncheon – SOLD OUT – April 21, 2017

CISCO members and supporters have SOLD OUT this year’s Annual Luncheon in anticipation of hearing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was announced last month as the scheduled speaker at this year’s event, set for Friday, April 21.

NOTE: This year’s luncheon will be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy Chicago at 516 North Clark Street. Registration begins at 11:00 am with the Lunch/Program starting at Noon.

“There was tremendous interest in the year’s event due to having Chicago’s Mayor as the keynote speaker,” said CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen. “With so much construction occurring in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, our members are looking forward to hearing more about future projects.”

Your organization can still be a sponsor of the luncheon. The cost to sponsor the event is $250. Your company’s name will be listed in the program, shown prominently during the event, and mentioned during luncheon remarks.

In addition to Mayor Emanuel’s Keynote Address, the 2017 Scholarship Award recipients will be honored at the Luncheon. We look forward to seeing our registered guests there!

“I Want SMART” Marketing Campaign Is Hot Topic Among Consumers

A rebate program that began in September, 2009 is quickly becoming the talk of the sheet metal industry as a result of a clever, effective advertising campaign that was launched three years ago in March 2014.

The campaign called “I Want SMART” was initiated by Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association SMART Local Union 265 in conjunction with SMACNA Greater Chicago (Sheet Metal contractors) to promote its rebate program.  Since September 2009 through January 2016, SMART has replaced 8,776 furnaces, 8,988 air conditioners and performed maintenance on 14,435 pieces of residential equipment.  Better yet, since the marketing campaign was launched, an average of 300 rebates have been processed each month.

The campaign takes a non-traditional union approach focuses on the pillars of the SMART brand.  The objective of the campaign is to establish VALUE to the customer, prove its QUALITY to the consumer, and develop TRUST with the customer.  The campaign’s purpose is selling furnaces, air conditioners and service work.

If you are interested in learning more about the campaign’s components, whether you are a construction industry professional or a consumer, just click here.

Apprenticeship Application Update

Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

The Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) will be accepting applications for admissions to the Sprinkler Fitters Apprenticeship Program.  Sprinkler Fitters are skilled craftsmen and pipefitting specialists in the fire protection field.  ONLY 500 APPLICANTS WILL BE TAKEN.

Dates and Times:  March 14-17 and March 21-24 and March 27, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Operating Engineers Local 150, 6200 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525.

In order to qualify for an application, you must apply in person; and must provide a copy of the documents listed below.  The JATC will not make copies for applicants.  No one will receive an application without these items:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Your original high school diploma or GED
  • Sealed official transcripts for high school and any post-high school education
  • A valid driver’s license or state issued ID, or U.S. passport when coming to fill out the application
  • Copy of DD-214 form if applicable

In addition, you 1) must be 18 years of age at the time of registration and apply in person.  Applicants will be 2) physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program.  Applicants will be 3) required to successfully pass a drug screening test as a condition of employment.

Registration Fee: Applicants must provide a $25 non-refundable application fee.  Certified check or money order only, made out to Local 281 J.A.T.C.

Carpenters – Concrete Form Builder

Applications for future Pre-Apprentice Concrete Form Builder carpentry training classes will begin to be accepted on Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, April 6 at the Apprenticeship Office, 1256 Estes Ave., in Elk Grove Village.

Dates and Times:  During this time period of March 14 through April 6, the applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Each candidate MUST PRESENT the following:

  1. Letter of recommendation on a Local Union letterhead, signed by an officer;
  2. Must have attained the age of 17 (Driver’s License or State ID Card required);
  3. Copy of High School Diploma or High School Transcripts (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of GED certificate;
  4. Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for;
  5. Veterans – Form DD214 copy; and
  6. A $25 Non-Refundable application processing fee (Money Orders & Cashiers Check ONLY). No Cash.

All 6 above-listed requirements MUST BE submitted at the time of filing or candidate will NOT be permitted to file an application.

The policy of this program is to encourage minority, female and veteran participation.

Iron Workers Local 393

Applications for Apprentices will be taken from March 28 – April 1 and from April 4 – 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm only.  At the time of application, there will be a $60 testing fee.  Study guides are an additional $15.  All fees must be paid by cashier’s check or money order ONLY – made payable to: Local 393 Apprenticeship.  For application information, email jhoward8063@comcast.net.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have documentation to verify age.
  • Must reside in the jurisdiction limits of Iron Workers Local 393 for at least one year prior to application. (See jurisdiction section of website for the geographical boundaries.
  • Must provide proof of residency – acceptable documentation includes items such as utility bills, bank statements, insurance statements, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and must be able to furnish your own transportation to and from the job site as there may be times when you are required to move from one job site to another during the work day.
  • Must have a high school diploma (certified transcripts required) or certificate showing satisfactory scores on the General Education Development (G.E.D.) Test.
  • Must be able to physically perform the work of the trade; be able to lift heavy material and equipment.  Agility and a good sense of balance are required, and must be prepared to work at extreme heights.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English in order to comprehend instruction in training classes, and to ensure personal and co-worker safety on the job.
  • Must be drug free.  A drug test will be given prior to acceptance, and all apprentices are subject to random drug testing throughout the program.
  • Must be able to prove eligibility to work in accordance with applicable citizenship and immigration laws.
  • Must pass an aptitude test.

Technical Engineers Local 130

The Technical Engineers’ Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) will be accepting applications for this program.

Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting on March 21 through April 5, 2017.

Time: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, AND on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Required at time of application:

  1. Must have attained the age of 18;
  2. High School Diploma, SEALED High School Transcripts (must be official) or G.E.D. certificate;
  3. Valid driver’s license;
  4. Birth certificate or U.S. Passport;
  5. A $25 NON-Refundable application processing fee (money order or cashier’s check) only; payable to: Technical Engineers J.A.T.C. Local 130 – No cash or personal checks accepted.

Applications will be accepted in person only at the following location:

1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60607.  (312) 421-1010, ext. 160 OR (312) 421-1028, ext. 550.

This program is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship.

Iron Workers Local 63 Fence Erectors

The Iron Workers Fence Erectors Local 63 will be accepting applications for admission to the Fence Apprenticeship Program at 2523 W. Lexington, Broadview, IL 60155.

Dates: Monday, April 3 through Thursday, April 6, 2017, AND Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must apply in person
  • Be at least 18 years of age and provide a government issued picture ID showing date of birth
  • Provide proof of two years completion of High School (transcripts, diploma or GED certificate)
  • Physically capable of performing the work of the trade
  • Must pay a registration fee of $20 by Money Order or a Cashier’s Check ONLY (Payable to: Local 63 Fence EAP)

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be given a list of contractors to contact and solicit employment.

Applicants must at time of hire:

  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Furnish evidence of their physical fitness sufficient to perform the work of the trade.  Evidence shall be a statement from a certified physician.

No exceptions to these application requirements.

For additional information: iwlocal63.com(prior to calling us at (708) 345-6067)

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CISCO/CPS Hands-On Expo: 12 Trades Give Students Insight Into Construction Careers

Chicago Public School students from 5 high schools tried out basic techniques and were made aware of how to apply to specific apprenticeship programs during the annual hands-on expo held at the Carpenters Apprenticeship Training Center in Chicago.

The Building Trades represented during the Expo included: Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians (IBEW Local 134), Laborers, Operating Engineers (Local 150), Painters/Decorators, Pipefitters (Local 597), Plumbers (Local 130), Roofers & Waterproofers (Local 11), Sheet Metal Workers (Local 73), Tile Setters & Finishers, and UAW Auto Mechanics (Local 701).

Pictured below are students getting a try at the following: Bricklaying, carpentry, electrical wiring, jackhammering, operating equipment, virtual painting, roofing and tile cutting.  For more pictures of the event, just click here.
















Chicago Area LECET’s Safety Incentive Program; Truck Giveaway Winner

Mike Christensen, a 24-year member of Laborers’ Local #75 drove away with a brand new Silverado thanks to a Safety Incentive Program that is designed to keep Laborers safe on the job.

The program is supplemental as it adds incentives to a company’s own internal safety program.  If any member loses time due to injury or experience an OSHA-recordable event, they become ineligible for the quarterly and annual awards.  Contactors then nominate individuals who meet the criteria and one Laborer is chosen from each of LECET’s 12 affiliated locals to represent their local for the grand prize.

Mr. Christensen was chosen to pick a key first and his lucky # 11 key opened the door and he became the 2017 winner in the program’s 15-year history.  Congratulations to Mike!

Record Number Graduate From Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program

In a recent ceremony held at the Chicago Laborers’ District Council headquarters in Burr Ridge, guests, families and staff witnessed 80 men and women graduate from the Apprenticeship Program – the largest class in history.

Paul Hoetzer, Laborers’ Apprenticeship Coordinator, served as the master of ceremonies (see top photo below), and was followed by several speakers, including LIUNA Great Lakes Regional Vice President Terrence Healy, who said “the value of education is the future of our industry.”

Afterward, each graduate came up to the stage to receive their diploma amidst cheers and applause from nearly 200 guests and staff members.  Below (clockwise from top left) are Sergio Garcia, Local 2; Stevie Mays, Local 5; and Rodrigo Lopez, Jr., Local 152 pictured receiving their certificate from Paul Hoetzer.










Corrosion Forum – Chicago 2017 – March 9

If you are a corrosion engineer, architect or Public Works Manager, this forum is for you.  The event will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Painting & Drywall Finishing Joint Apprenticeship & Training Center, 1101 N. Taft Ave., Berkeley, IL 60163.

There is free registration and a catered lunch.  To register online, click here.  For more information, please contact: Jay Kolder: jayk@corrosionforumchicago.com.

Local 130’s New JAC Training Center On Schedule for June Completion

During a recent Plumbing Contractors Association (PCA) membership meeting, PCA 2nd Vice President and JAC Trustee Matt Erickson provided an update on the new UA Local 130 JAC Training Center currently under construction at 1400 West Washington Blvd. in Chicago.

The project (recent progress photo at left) is on schedule and is projected to be completed in June of 2017. There is a rich history surrounding the JAC Training Center, and to read more, click here.


















































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