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CISCO Hosts Record-Breaking Luncheon

It was a record-breaking luncheon in a number of ways.

First, the audience turnout was more than 350 at the Chicago Maggiano’s on Clark Street (most ever for that venue, as well as for a CISCO Luncheon) as Mayor Rahm Emanuel provided an enlightening overview of many of Chicago’s construction projects and initiatives.  Embedded within those descriptions were other well-documented records as last year’s crane permits was a post-recession record.  In addition, the Mayor cited other recent Chicago firsts in his 20-minute keynote address.

Below is a small sampling of the day in pictures.  To view more of the photos, click here.  Pictured below: 1) The large audience listens to Mayor Emanuel’s address; 2) CISCO Board member Maurice King – VP at IBEW Local 134 (left) and Tony LaPorte, Business Agent with IBEW Local 134; 3) Illinois AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Tim Drea (left) and IL AFL-CIO Legislative Director Jason Keller.

















Scholarship Winners Recognized During Luncheon

The winners of CISCO’s 2017 Scholarship Program were formally recognized and honored during CISCO’s Annual Luncheon on April 21, 2017.

Pictured with CISCO Board President Loretta Molter are from left: Kiana Gleason, James Boldt, Camille Paddock, James Shanahan and Paige Thiel.

Four-year scholarship winners:

1) Camille Paddock– Huntley High School – Camille’s father is a member of Operating Engineers Local 150;

2) James Shanahan– Lyons Township High School – James’ father is affiliated with Carpenters Local 1; and

3) Paige Thiel– Prospect High School – Paige’s mother is affiliated with G.W. Thiel, Inc.

Two-year scholarship winners:

1) Kiana Gleason– Willowbrook High School – Kiana’s father is a member of BAC Local 21 Tilesetters & Finishers; and

2) James Boldt– Prospect High School – James’ father is a member of the Laborers’ Local 4.

Congratulations to this year’s winners who will be formally recognized at this year’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 21.

“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

Carpenters – General Construction

Effective Tuesday, April 11, 2017, applications for future Pre-Apprentice General Construction carpentry training classes will begin to be accepted at the Apprenticeship Office, 1256 Estes Ave., in Elk Grove Village, IL, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Applications will be accepted during these times and will run through Thursday, May 11, 2017.  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.

























































Carpenter’s “Built To Last” TV Show To Debut Sunday, May 7th

The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Labor Management’s video will be aired for the first time on Sunday, May 7 at noon on ABC/WLS Channel 7.

The “Built To Last” television show will be aired for 12 consecutive Sundays (each starting at Noon), so make sure to tune in and watch this great program.

Of course, you can watch the video whenever you want online. The promotional video that highlights the overall purpose of the show can be found on the carpenters website – www.carpentersunion.org.

The video states that the shows will provide an in-depth look at what it takes to be a carpenter, it touches on the economic impact of the union on the community, highlights veterans outreach and much more. To view the video, click here.

Cement Masons Local 502 Breaks Ground on Apprenticeship Training Center in Bellwood

A new Training Center will be built this summer in Bellwood for apprentices of both the Cement Masons Local 502 and the Plasterers Local 5.  The 20,000 square-foot building is expected to be open sometime in October 2017.

Pictured above are from left:  Newly elected Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey; Pat LaCassa, President and Business Manager of Cement Masons Local 502; Former Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale; Larry Picardi, Secretary-Treasurer of Cement Masons Local 502; Tom Abruzzo, Vice President of Forza Construction; and Anthony Abruzzo, President of Forza Design & Consulting Inc.

“We are very excited about moving into this new facility,” said Larry Picardi, Secretary-Treasurer, Cement Masons Local 502.  “We need to continue to attract young men and women into these trades and having state of the art classrooms and dedicated areas for instruction of the craft is vital.”

“I also want to thank our members who have been very supportive of this project.  We have never had our own training center, and we are happy to be staying in the area,” Picardi added.

The structure is being built next door to the Cement Masons Union Hall in Bellwood, and Picardi said it will provide a campus feel to his members and apprentices who have been using facilities in Alsip for the past two years.  Currently, there are 93 cement masons and 18 plasterers who are enrolled in the apprenticeship program.

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!



















































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