- You must be a minimum of 17 years of age at the time of application and must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of selection and indenture.
- All applications must be completed in the Local Union Office and must not be taken out of the building.
- You must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. (copy of certificate required) or have a two-year Associate Degree or higher. Proof of one year of high school Algebra 1 with a C or better grade or post high school Algebra 1 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 must be submitted in a sealed envelope from the school.
- You must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
- 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.
- Must 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.
- Accepted applicants will be required to appear, a t a time and place specified by the NECA/IBEW Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee, for a drug/alcohol test.
- Must provide a birth certificate or any other acceptable form of documentation that proves minimum age requirements.
- Thursday, June 20, 2019; 8-10 am
- Thursday, July 18, 2019; 8-10 am
- Thursday, August 15, 2019; 8-10 am
- Thursday, September 19, 2019; 8-10 am
- Thursday, October 17, 2019; 8-10 am
- Thursday, November 21, 2019; 8-10 am
CISCO, Carpenters, III-FFC Collaborate on Prevailing Wage Seminar
About 175 people consisting of building trades representatives, contractors and public body employees attended in mid-May, a prevailing wage seminar at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Center in Elk Grove Village.
The seminar also focused on Responsible Bidder Ordinances and their value to taxpayers across the country and here in Illinois. (In the photo above, III-FFC Policy Director Josh Weger addresses the audience.)
Seminar speakers were (in their order of appearance: 1) Josh Weger, Policy Director of the Indiana-Illinois-Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting; 2) Frank Manzo IV, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute; 3) Professor Bob Bruno, Director of Labor Education Programs/Project for Middle-Class Renewal for the University of Illinois; 4) Michael Kleinik, Director of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) and 5) Doris Acevedo, IDOL, Conciliation & Mediation Division.
IBEW Local #461 – Electrician Apprentice
Applications will be accepted by the Apprenticeship Office of IBEW Local #461 during the months of July, August and September, 2019 on WEDNESDAYS ONLY from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at IBEW Local #461 – 591 Sullivan Road, Suite 200, Aurora, IL 60506. The basic requirements to apply are:
Boilermakers Local 1 – Construction Boilermaker Apprentice
Applications will be accepted by the Great Lakes Area Boilermakers Joint Apprenticeship Committee at the following locations, dates and times:
Local One – 2941 Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, natural origin, age (40 or older), sex, sexual orientation, disability and genetic information.
Every applicant must supply a copy of their BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/G.E.D. that the Committee can keep at the time of filing application for apprenticeship. Each applicant must demonstrate that he/she has access to reliable transportation.
Welding qualification: Applicants that have a welding certification or welding training qualifications will have priority selection over applicants with no welding qualifications. Applicants must provide a copy and proof of welding certification or welding training qualification at the time of application.
Prevailing Wage & Responsible Bidder Seminar – Monday, May 13, 2019
CISCO has partnered with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters to offer this valuable seminar on these two complex topics at no cost to you! Space is limited, so we urge you to register now! To register, click here. You must register by May 6th.
The seminar will be held Monday, May 13 with registration beginning at 9:30 am, and the program scheduled to start at 10:00 am at the Carpenters Training Center, 1256 Estes Avenue in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Scheduled speakers are Robert Bruno, Director of Labor Education Programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Marc Poulos, Executive Director of the III-FFC; and Michael Kleinik, Director of the Illinois Department of Labor.
To view the promotional flyer/postcard, just click here.
Construction Training & Career Expo Lures Huge Crowd
CISCO teamed up the Chicago Women in Trades and 10 other organizations to hold the “Construction Training & Career Expo” recently at the IBEW 134 Hall on South King Drive in Chicago.
The event had more than 600 men and women attend, with more than 50 organizations/agencies set up as booth exhibitors. In addition, 11 building trades attended and provided information to the career seekers about the application process into their apprenticeship programs. CISCO was also on hand with its own booth to explain options to the attendees. See photos below, and for more pictures of the event, click here.
CISCO Brings Building Trades Information Fair to CHA Section 3 Residents
CISCO teamed up with the Chicago Housing Authority recently to hold a Union Construction Trades Information Fair at the Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center on Wabash Avenue in Chicago.
Five different trades – Carpenters, IBEW Local 134, Heat & Frost Local 17, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Pipefitters Local 597 and Tilesetters – were on hand as residents attended from 10 am – 2 pm.
To view more pictures, click here.
CISCO’s New Brochure and Annual Report Just A Click Away
If you are interested in checking out a digital version of CISCO’s latest brochure – “CISCO IS” – just click here. The brochure provides the reader with an historical overview, as well as a glimpse of all of the events and initiatives that keep us busy as a labor-management organization advocating for the union construction industry.
Also CISCO’s 2018 Annual Report can be downloaded and viewed by clicking here. The Annual Report highlights last year’s accomplishments and perspective moving forward.
GLCA Recognizes CISCO’s Johnetta Ryan With Lifetime Achievement Award
The Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA) recognized CISCO’s Director of Education-to-Careers Johnetta Ryan with the prestigious Robert W. MacGruder Lifetime Achievement Award recently at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois. Pictured above (from left) are Dan Allen, CISCO Executive Director; Tim Marabella, GLCA Executive Director; Johnetta Ryan; and CISCO Board Members Jim Allen and S.J. Peters. Peters is CISCO’s Board Vice President.
“Johnetta has been guiding students to our union trade apprentice programs and promoting careers in union construction via workshops, career fairs and presentations in Illinois for almost 20 years.”
Robert W. MacGruder was Executive Vice President of the Lake County Contractor’s Association (GLCA predecessor) from 1973-1996 before his death in March of 2017.
Nine Schools Attend Hands On Expo at Oak Park River Forest HS
With 7 building trades representatives on hand, CISCO orchestrated another successful Hands On Expo as nearly 100 students from nine different area high schools attended a two-session all-day event in Oak Park.
Students from Proviso West and East, Riverside-Brookfield and Ridgewood High Schools were present in the morning, followed by Oak Park-River Forest, East and West Leyden and Elmwood park High Schools in the afternoon. They got a chance to talk to Apprentice Coordinators and instructors from the Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Painters and Roofers Local 11. To view all the pictures, click here.
CISCO and Building Trades Attend St. Leonard’s Career Fair
St. Leonard’s Ministries, located in Chicago’s West Side, held a Construction Skills Training Program & Career Fair recently that enabled residents to gain information about careers in the union building trades.
Apprenticeship Coordinators and instructors from the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians, Laborers, Painters and Decorators, and Roofers provided information to residents on what is required, and how to be successful when applying into one of these apprenticeship programs.
The Career Fair was a helpful supplement to St. Leonard’s Construction Skills Program, which goes beyond career readiness and includes basic and advanced training skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical areas, as well as math curriculum. For more pictures, 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.
Irish-American Labor Council Honors Two Local Leaders
The Irish-American Labor Council (IALC) honored both CISCO Board Member Jim Allen and Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.
Allen is the President of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council #1, and McCarthy is best known for saving President Ronald Reagan’s life by taking a bullet from a would-be assassin – being the only Secret Service agent to be shot in the line of duty.
The Award is given in honor of James Connolly, an Irish rebel leader who fought for workers’ rights and paid with his life – being executed in 1916.
Governor Pritzker and IDOL Director Kleinik Highlight Annual Luncheon
With nearly 300 guests on hand, Governor JB Pritzker gave inspiration remarks about the construction industry, while Michael Kleinik followed up with an overview on how the Illinois Department of Labor plans to return to the regulatory agency it once was.
In addition, CISCO recognized it’s 2019 Scholarship Award recipients prior to both the Governor’s and Kleinik’s speeches. Six of the seven winners were in attendance as Executive Director Dan Allen highlight their achievements both scholastically, as well as their extra-curricular accomplishments. A photo of the group, and a list of the winners is posted below. To view the photos from the event, click here.
CISCO Recognizes Scholarship Winners
The winners of CISCO’s 2019 Scholarship Program were formally recognized and honored during CISCO’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2019.
See photo below. To read the press release, click here.
Caption – From left: Dan Allen, CISCO Executive Director, Maurice King, CISCO Board President, Lourdes Alvarez, Rhea Rashad, Emilee Klemm, Governor JB Pritzker, Joe Perri, Kaitlyn Moore and Andrea Feary. (Not pictured, Casey Woods.)
Four-year scholarship winners:
CISCO Annual Meeting “Impressive” as Sen. Dick Durbin is Guest Speaker
According to many of its guests, CISCO hosted an “impressive” Annual Meeting that featured guest speaker Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the presentation of its Pride in Construction Awards, and the reaffirmation of its 2019 Board of Directors.
In his remarks to a crowded room of 275 attendees, Senator Durbin declared that “In Illinois, the war on labor is over,” he said. “We are going to start working together in this state again.”
Durbin also said that the creation of the middle class was due to the labor movement. “After World War II, labor unions represented working men and women to make sure they took home a paycheck, could afford to a buy a house, a car and go on vacation, and have a savings account so that their children could go to college. That was the strongest period of economic growth in modern history, and we need to get back to that, don’t we?”
After Durbin’s remarks, Executive Director Dan Allen introduced Educator of the Year Steve Cervenka, Teacher from the DuPage Tech Center (top left); Labor Advocate of the Year, Marc Poulos, Executive Director of III-FFC (top right); and Public Body of the Year The Chicago Transit Authority (Bottom photo).
Following that, the winners in six different categories of the Project of the Year Award were recognized as project teams stepped up to receive their awards. To view more pictures from the event, click here. The winning projects are shown below. To download the press release, click here.
The top projects were:
New Construction – Chicago (+ $20m): American Airlines Concourse L/Stinger; Submitted by F.H. Paschen – Chicago (Photo below)
New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20m): Luther Burbank Elementary School; Submitted by International Contractors, Inc. – Burbank, IL (Photo below)
New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): Lincoln Park Zoo/Searle Visitor Center; Submitted by Bulley & Andrews – Chicago (Photo below)
Infrastructure: Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel; Submitted by Kenny Construction Co. -Chicago (Photo below)
Rehabilitation: David K. Hill Family Library at Harper College; Submitted by Legat Architects w/ Pepper Construction – Palatine (Photo below)
Residential: University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons; Submitted by Mortenson Construction – Chicago (Photo below)
Construction Expo Held in Chicago’s Hegewisch Neighborhood
CISCO and the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades recently teamed up with 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza to bring a Hands-On Construction Expo to Chicago’s East Side.
The event experienced a good turnout as resident had the opportunity to meet and talk to representative of 17 different building trades about how to get started in the application process and apply to one of the building trades apprenticeship programs. In addition, groups such as Access United and Chicago Women in Trades were on hand.
The award-winning Built To Last production crew was there to film scenes that will be used in upcoming programs that are highlighting the trades. In addition to the photos below, click here to view more pictures.