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CISCO Golf Outing – Monday, Sept. 10th – SAVE THE DATE

CISCO’s Annual Golf Outing will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Bloomingdale Golf Club – 181 Glen Ellyn Road in Bloomingdale, Illinois.

Start gathering your foursomes and working on your short game!  Fabulous barbecue luncheon, traditional prize raffle, and an event full of fun and surprises have marked this outing over the years!

Registration and sponsorship forms are found within the following two-page attachment.  To view and download, just click here.  For more details, call CISCO at (630) 472-9411.

More Than 100 Residents Attend Hazel Crest Skilled Career Fair

More than 100 Hazel Crest residents flocked to its Municipal Center to meet apprenticeship coordinators and instructors at an informational career fair jointly conducted by CISCO and the Village of Hazel Crest.





In the photo above, CISCO’s Director of Education-to-Careers Johnetta Ryan greets Hazel Crest Mayor Vernard Alsberry Jr. (left) and Police Chief Mitchell Davis.

The following photos are a small sample that demonstrate how residents met with building trades representatives to learn more about the trades. 



















To view more photos, click here.

Hands-On Expo With CHA Residents Draws Two Days of Big Turnout

Back-to-back days with CHA residents drew about 250 participants as CISCO, the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades and the Chicago Housing Authority recently held its third overall Hands-On Expo at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters satellite Apprenticeship & Training Center in Chicago; as part of a unique Project Labor Agreement designed to recruit CHA residents into the building trades’ apprenticeship programs.

Last year, the three organizations partnered with two separate events last summer and saw a total of 400 residents come through the doors.  Last week’s two-day event saw 12 trade representatives set up to show residents some of their common everyday tools and tasks and let residents get a feel for the work.

The following photos are just a small sample of how the residents interacted and learned about the various trades.













To view more pictures from both days, click here.

DuPage County Apprenticeship Expo – Huge Success

More than 200 participants attended the recent Hands On Fair coordinated by PowerForward DuPage and CISCO and hosted by the DuPage County Building Trades at the IBEW Local 701 Hall in Warrenville.

Sixteen (16) different building trades were on hand to educate students, parents and adults about a career in the union construction industry.  A parent who participated wrote in a post-event survey: “I enjoyed learning about the different trades, but mostly appreciated the real life advice given by people who do each trade for a living. My son left with a few really good ideas of what he wants to pursue for his future.”

Two videos were produced to capture the event: 1) Naperville Community Television (NCTV) – to view, click here. 2) Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce – to view, click here. In addition to the photos below, more pictures from the event can be viewed by clicking here.

CISCO presents at Illinois State Apprenticeship Committee Conference

CISCO’s Executive Director Dan Allen and Director of Education-To-Careers Johnetta Ryan (photo above) attended and both presented at the recent ISAC Conference in Peoria.  With CISCO celebrating it’s 30th anniversary, the presentation highlighted much of what has meant to the union construction industry, as well as one of its primary focal points – making students and young adults aware of a career in the union construction industry by promoting the apprenticeship programs offered by the building trades.





In addition, several break-out sessions were offered to participants at the conference.  Pictured here is University of Illinois Professor Bob Bruno speaking to attendees about prevailing wage and collective bargaining.

CISCO Scholarship Recipients Receive Awards at Annual Luncheon







The winners of CISCO’s 2018 Scholarship Program were recently honored during CISCO’s Annual Luncheon on May 4, 2018.  Pictured above (from left) are: CISCO Board President Maurice King, Sophia Lopez, Christian Sifuentes, Alexia Kubas and John “Jack” Bibbiano.  Pictured separately below is award winner Gabrielle McDermott with King and CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen.


Four-year scholarship winners:

1) Alexia Kubas – Lincoln-Way East High School – Alexia’s father is employed by Larmco Masonry in Lynwood, Illinois, and is a member of BAC Local 21.

2) John “Jack” Bibbiano – Stagg High School – John’s father is a member of IBEW Local 134; and

3) Sophia Lopez – Whitney Young High School – Sophia’s father is a member of the Carpenters Local 13.

Two-year scholarship winners:

1) Gabrielle McDermott – Tri-Point High School – Gabrielle’s father is a member of IUOE Local 150 Operating Engineers; and

2) Christian Sifuentes – Waubonsie Valley High School – Christian’s father is a member of the Sprinkler Fitters, Local 281.

CISCO/Housing Authority of Cook County Hold First Ever Hands-On Fair

CISCO and the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) worked together to organize its first joint Hands-On Fair in Chicago Heights at the Park District’s Rec Center.  Around 80 HACC residents took advantage as 12 different building trades set up booth displays for people to learn about what it takes to apply to one of the union apprenticeship programs.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was on hand to greet residents, as well as Ralph Affrunti, President of the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades Council.

Left photos: (From top to bottom) 1)Adam Sutter, Admissions Director for the Pipefitters Local 597 Apprenticeship Program talks to a HACC resident. 2) Operating Engineers Local 150 Recruiter Daphne Jackson helps a resident with a computer simulator, and 3) President Preckwinkle tries her hand at smoothing out cement at the Cement Masons Local 502 booth as members Mike Murtaugh (left) and Joe Malia look on.   To view additional photos from the event, click here.

“Right To Work” (For Less) Is WRONG And It Hurts Working Families!

“Right to Work” is a false phrase – a misunderstanding-by-design piece of legislation that is intended to cripple labor-advocating unions but more specifically, harm workers by shrinking workplace wages, reducing and even eliminating benefits, diminishing job site safety, and stripping the ability of workers to collectively improve their workplaces.  To learn more about the devastating effects of Right To Work (for less) legislation, click here.




St. Paul Church/CISCO Construction Expo – “Bridge To The Next Step”

Calling the St. Paul/CISCO initiative the “bridge to the next step,” CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen said that St. Paul’s career readiness program, which began 5 years ago, has brought many opportunities to those willing to do the hard work necessary for a career in the construction industry. 

The recent hands-on expo at St. Paul drew about 150 participants at the Wabash Avenue Church as 15 different building trades were present to give attendees a chance to learn first-hand what it takes to become an electrician, carpenter, bricklayer, pipefitter or other various union building trades careers.

Below are several pictures, and to view more, just click here.






























St. Sabina/CISCO Co-Host First Hands-On Expo

CISCO and St. Sabina Church recently joined forces on its first ever Construction Expo at St. Sabina Church in Chicago.

Instructors, apprenticeship coordinators and other representatives from the Electricians Local 134, Carpenters, Pipefitters Local 597, Bricklayers, Painters, Laborers, Elevator Constructors, Ceramic Tile, Tuckpointers, Heat & Frost Insulators Local 17 and the Operating Engineers Local 150 were on hand.

To view more pictures of the Expo, click here.


Panel Discusses Economic Impact of Apprenticeships  

A panel, led by Congressman Bill Foster (D-11th) addressed the workforce opportunities and challenges we can expect in the coming years and how best to remain a global leader specific to construction apprenticeships and manufacturing.  The forum, titled “Future of Work & The Economic Impact of Apprenticeships” was held recently at the IBEW Local 701 Auditorium in Warrenville.

The panel consisted of (see photo above, from left) Dr. Robert Bruno, Director of Labor Education at the University of Illinois; CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen, Congressman Foster; Joe Riley, DuPage County Building Trades President; and IBEW Local 701 Training Director Hank Zurawski.  Not pictured was David Riojas from the International Society of Auotomation. 





Above: CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen makes a point, while Congressman Foster listens.  To view more pictures of the workshop, click here.

MARBA Releases Latest Negotiations Update

Several local area labor unions reached tentative agreements with the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA) this past month including the Automobile Mechanics Local 701; Electricians Local 117, 150 and 461; Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11; Glaziers Local 27 and Iron Workers Local 63. 

To view their respective wage packages and the status of other pending agreements with MARBA, click here.

IBEW Local 134 Unveils New Union Hall

IBEW Local 134 recently held a Grand Opening Ceremony of its new Union Hall on 2722 South King Drive in Chicago.  The program included a dedication to the Brothers and Sisters of the local who have lost their lives in on the job accidents.

Master of Ceremonies Business Manager Don Finn opened with remarks about the fallen members and was followed by other guest speakers including 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King (pictured at left), Gubernatorial Candidate JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson.

Pictured below from left are Local 134 Business Manager Don Finn, Congressman Bobby Rush, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson.


Labor Leaders Receive Awards During United Way “Celebration 2018” Event

The United Way recently honored several individuals with leadership awards at its  “Celebration 2018” event at Chicago’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.  Among the honorees was Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, who received the Community leadership award.  Presenting the award to President Ramirez is Michael Sacks, CEO of GCM Grosvenor Capital Management.  Note:  Ramirez recently announced he was leaving CFL to accept a position at GCM Grosvenor, and Bob Reiter was recently appointed as Jorge’s successor.

Also honored was IBEW Local 134 as the top Labor contributor to the United Way.  Don Finn, Business Manager for IBEW Local 134, accepted the award on behalf of the union.  Pictured here, Finn accepts the award from United Way Campaign Cabinet Chair Robert Sullivan.

CISCO’s 30th Annual Luncheon Draws Rave Reviews

As more than 300 guests gathered for CISCO’s 30th Annual Luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chicago to hear what the labor-management organization’s impact has been on the union construction industry, Illinois’ Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan affirmed one of CISCO’s main mission points.

In his remarks he said, “Everyone in this room has devoted much of their lives to raising wages and their standard of living.  And while the Governor has advocated an agenda that works in the opposite direction, I have stood against that agenda.”

“Here in Illinois, people want equality of opportunity throughout the workplace, go to their job and provide for themselves, their family and their children.”

Speaker Madigan accepted the Labor Advocate of the Year Award, which was preceded by presentations to Educator of the Year Steve Schmidt, Instructor at Lake County High School Technology Campus and to the Chicago Housing Authority for Public Body of the Year.  Pictured above (from left) are: CISCO Board President Maurice King, Speaker Michael Madigan, CHA’s Jose Alvarez, and Steve Schmidt.

In addition, five students were awarded scholarships as part of CISCO’s annual program (see story in left column.  To view more pictures of the event, click here.

Chicago Building Congress Luncheon Highlights Obama Presidential Center

The Chicago Building Congress’ recent March luncheon provided attendees with a glimpse of the Barack Obama Presidential Center that will be a new landmark on the City’s south side. As an economic engine, it is expected to draw an estimated 760,000 visitors annually, and create $3.1 billion in economic impact in its first 10 years of operation.  In addition, it is expected to create about 5,000 construction jobs and approximately 2,500 permanent jobs once it opens its doors.

Obama Foundation guest speakers were Mike Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer and Roark Frankel, Director of Design & Construction (see photo).  The two emphasized how the project will help to continue the revitalization of historic Jackson Park. They also focused on a list of ambitious hiring goals for diversity and inclusion.  One goal is to ensure that 50% of subcontractors are from diverse firms. Another goal includes working with labor unions to build a pipeline of talent.

CISCO’s many outreach efforts have been successfully laying the foundation to increase awareness and enrollment of minorities into careers in the union construction industry.  The Obama Foundation and CISCO share a common goal – to be a catalyst for generational change.

O’Hare Airport Expansion Called “Game Changer”

Calling it a “watershed moment” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council have given final approval to an $8.5 billion expansion and rebuild of O’Hare International Airport’s outmoded passenger terminals, a move that is expected to create tens of thousands of construction jobs.

“Everyone knows this is a game-changer for the city of Chicago,” added West Side Ald. Walter Burnett.

With O’Hare’s tenant airlines scheduled to formally sign new lease deals, the path appears clear to implementing a plan by 2026 that, if all goes as scheduled, will add 3 million square feet of terminal space and 30 to 35 additional gates for planes to load passengers, up from 185 gates now.

City aviation officials say doing so will attract an additional 20 million passengers a year to O’Hare (up a quarter from today), many of them arriving on lucrative international flights, an area in which O’Hare has fallen behind competitors such as Los Angeles International and Atlanta’s Hartsfield. And if those targets are reached, the plan sets the stage for further terminals in the future.

Alderman also agreed to set up a working group, or commission, that will regularly monitor activity and report back to aldermen on whether minority businesses and workers are receiving an adequate piece of construction and related legal and financial contracts.

The gate expansion follows a decade in which O’Hare added or lengthened several runways and converted many of them from a diagonal configuration to six east-west parallel runways. Most of that work already has been completed, with more expected soon.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

IBEW Local Union 461 – Residential Electrician

Applications will be taken during the months of July (excluding the 4th), August and September 2018 on WEDNESDAYS ONLY from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm at IBEW Local 461 Apprenticeship Office – 591 Sullivan Road, Suite 200, Aurora, IL 60506.

Basic Requirements:

1. You must be a minimum of 17 years of age at the time of application and must be a minimum of 18 at the time of selection and indenture.

2. All applications must completed inside the Local Union Office and must not be taken out of the building.
3. You must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. (copy of GED certificate required), or have a two-year associate degree or higher.  Proof of one year of high school Algebra I with a C or better grade or post high school Algebra I equivalent.  A high school transcript is required and must be in a sealed envelope from the school.  Transcripts from post high school education and training may be submitted in a sealed envelope from the school.
4. You must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
5. Must be a resident of Local 461’s jurisdiction which includes the southern half of Kane County, all of Kendall County, plus Sandwich (including township) in DeKalb County, at the time of application.
6. Agree to sign a statement that he/she is physically able to perform electrical construction work.  Accepted applicants must provide a physical exam before starting the program.
7. Accepted applicants will be required to appear, at a time and place specified by the NECA/IBEW Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee, for a drug/alcohol test.
8. Must provide a birth certificate or any other acceptable form of documentation that proves minimum age requirements.
Aptitude Test:
Upon receipt of the above information, the applicant may be scheduled to take an aptitude test.  A successful test score of (3) three or better is required.  Those who meet the minimum requirements on the documents submitted above, and have taken the aptitude test and received a score of (3) three or better, will be scheduled for an interview by the Apprenticeship Committee.
Selections of apprentices under this program shall be made on the basis of qualifications alone.  NECA-IBEW Local Union #461 J.A.T.C will not discriminate against applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, natural origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older.
NECA-IBEW Local Union #461 J.A.T.C. will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship, and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.




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