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CISCO Annual Meeting Touches on Theme of Collaboration

With U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) making another surprise visit, more than 260 members and guests heard a message of collaboration –  construction industry leaders and elected officials will continue, both locally and nationally, “to protect workers, and provide developers and end users with the world class construction that they can rely on.”

Executive Director Dan Allen, in explaining CISCO’s decades-long effort to recruit and retain a diverse skilled workforce, quoted President Harry S. Truman – “It is amazing what you can accomplish, if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

Allen, said this mantra enables CISCO to develop numerous partnerships across many organizational lines that include churches, educational entities, elected officials and other groups with union contractors associations and the union building trades.

CISCO Pride in Construction Awards highlighted the program during the 90-minute event.  In addition to the photos below, click here for more pictures.

Below from top to bottom are: 1) The BEAR Construction contingent that accepted the award for top Rehabilitation project for the Old Chicago Post Office; 2) Paula Steiner won the Educator of the Year (posing with Johnetta Ryan and Dan Allen); 3) Mayor Jim Sexton of Evergreen Park accepted the Public Body of the Year for his town (with CISCO’s outgoing Board President Maurice King); and 4) Labor Advocate of the Year Ron Ward of the Illinois Department of Labor (posing with Maurice King and IDOL Director Mike Kleinik).







CISCO Board Announces Selections for Top 2019 Construction Projects

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different categories, which included a 7th (Special Mention) award this year.  Among a total of 24 entries, the top choices were:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20 m): McDonald’s Global Headquarters; Submitted by James McHugh Construction. (Photo above)
New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20 m): Wheeling Town Center; Submitted by William A. Randolph. (Photo above)

New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): Aurora Fire Station #7; Submitted by R.C. Wegman. (Photo above)

Infrastructure: 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge over Lake Shore Drive; Submitted by F.H. Paschen (Photo above)
Rehabilitation: Old Chicago Post Office – Interior Lobby; Submitted by BEAR Construction (Photo above)
Residential: One Bennett Park; Submitted by Related Midwest (Photo above)

Special Mention: Old Chicago Post Office – Exterior; Submitted by Masonry Advisory Council (Photos above)

PCA Midwest “Expo/Fall Fest” Draws Big Crowd With Dan Hampton
The Plumbing Contractors Association held its Associate Member Expo/Fall Fest recently and the highlight was retired Chicago Bears Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton as keynote speaker.





The event which was held at Harry Carry’s restaurant in Lombard drew more than 125 members.  The goal was to connect as many PCA Midwest and Plumbing Council contractors with PCA Midwest Associate members and industry partners, who had set up booths during the Expo part of the evening.

Hampton had plenty to say as he reminisced about the 1985 Super Bowl winning Bears team, as well as his early days of football in high school and at the University of Arkansas.  He also had poignant anecdotes about teammate Walter Payton and former Bears owner George Halas.

CISCO/Building Trades Draw 200-Plus Participants to St. Paul Construction Expo

Once again teamwork has ruled the day!  Sixteen building trades, a handful of contractors, several exhibiting organizations and even the IBEW Local 134 Solar Panel Truck were on hand at St. Paul Community Development Ministries on Chicago’s south side to offer a Hands-On Construction Expo that drew more than 200 local residents.

During the latter portion of the program, five graduating members of St. Paul’s career readiness program spoke to current students, guests and interested adults about their experiences as apprentices in local union apprenticeship programs.

Below is a small sampling of photos from the event.  To view more pictures, click here.







Bricklayers Host Live National Radio Broadcast  for WCPT-820AM

WCPT-820AM brought its “Labor Live Panel” broadcast to the Bricklayers BAC-ADC Local 1 in Elmhurst recently and discussed many topics including 1) Defeating Right to Work For Less in Illinois; 2) The value of Apprenticeship Programs; and 3) Labor-Management collaboration within the union construction industry.

Moderating the show was Thom Hartmann, and the three-hour broadcast was comprised of many industry leaders including CISCO Board members Jim Allen, President of the Bricklayers and John Daniel, Business Manager of SMART Local 265, as well as John Spiros, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Painters District Council 14, and Jeff Eppenstein, Vice President of Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11.

In the photo above, John Daniel (left to right), Matt Gugala, SMART 265 Vice President, Thom Hartmann and Jim Allen discuss the myths of Labor vs. Management.





















Register Today for CISCO’s Annual Luncheon – Friday, April 24, 2020

In anticipation of a larger audience, CISCO’s 2020 Annual Luncheon is being moved to the IBEW Local #134 Hall, 2722 S. Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago.

Ticket prices have also been REDUCED!  Sponsorships are available.  See details below.

To download/print the registration form, click here.

Scheduled Speaker:
Lori E. Lightfoot
Mayor, City of Chicago
CISCO’s Annual Scholarship Awards

Friday, April 24, 2020
Registration: 11:00 am — Lunch/Program: Noon
IBEW Local 134 Hall
2722 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, IL 60654

$65/Ticket or $600/Table of Ten
Includes: Catered Luncheon — Open Bar — Free Parking

Sponsor Event Option: $250
Multiple Event Mentions

Register today: (630) 472-9411; julia@cisco.org

Apprenticeship Opportunities
Architectural and Ornamental Iron Workers Local 63 Apprenticeships

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Local 63 will be accepting applications for admission to the Apprenticeship Program at 2523 W. Lexington in Broadview, IL 60155.

The applications will be accepted from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm – Monday, April 20th through Thursday, April 23rd 2020 and Monday April 27th through Thursday, April 30th.  Dates subject to change.

Registration Fee: $125.00 Money Order or Cashier’s Check payable to: Architectural Metal Training School or AMTS.  * Optional, if you wish to purchase the test taking tip book (415), your fee will be $140.  No cash, credit cards or personal checks accepted.)


1) Must apply in person; 2) Be at least 18 years of age and provide a government issued picture ID showing date of birth; 3) Provide your original High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalent; 4) You must pay a non-refundable application fee of $125.00 – Money Order or a Cashier’s Check ONLY.  ($140 if purchasing test taking tip book.)


1) Must be able to read, write and speak English; 2) Must have a HS diploma of GED equivalent; 3) Pass an aptitude test; 4) Pass a drug screen; 5) Pass a physical; 6) Pass an agility test; and 7) Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

No exceptions to these application requirements.  For more information, see: iwlocal63.com.

Iron Workers Local 63 Apprenticeships – Fence Erectors

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

The applications will be accepted year-round on the following Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. throughout 2020 on these dates: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9.

Interested individuals MUST obtain a letter of intent to hire from a signatory contractor.  The letter must be signed by a principle or authorized person of the company.  Signatory contractors along with additional apprenticeship program information can be found on the Local 63 website: www.iwlocal63.com/fenceapprentice.

Minimum Qualifications:

1) Must apply in person; 2) Be at least 18 years of age and provide a government issued picture ID showing date of birth; 3) Provide proof of two years completion of High School (transcripts, diploma, or GED certificate); 4) Applicants must be able to read, write and speak English; 5) Applicants must be able to physically perform the work of the trade; 6) You must pay a registration fee of $25.00 – Money Order or a Cashier’s Check ONLY.  (Payable to: Local 63 Fence EAP)

AT TIME OF HIRE, applicants must: 1) Be able to pass a drug test; 2) Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; and 3) 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.

Local 134 Training Center Hosts Illinois State Apprenticeship Committee Conference

About 130 school counselors and educators attended the recent ISAC Conference held at the IBEW/NECA Local 134 Training Center in Alsip.

The day-long conference featured classroom sessions, followed by Hands-On activities conducted by 13 trades, a working lunch and a panel discussion. In addition, Access United and the Chicago Women in Trades were on hand to provide information to the group.  Below are some pictures from the event as counselors tried out some of the Hands-On activities.  For more photos, click here.

Aurora Area Schools Turn Out For Painter’s Dist. 30 Expo

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Painters District Council #30 hosted an Apprenticeship Expo last week at its Training Center in Aurora.

The Expo was a huge success as the event was attended by 525 students from 18 area high schools and middle schools, as 14 different building trades provided information and interactive displays to engage the students.

Throughout the Expo, CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen (left photo) provided a 20-minute presentation on the various trades and discussed some basic requirements needed to apply to any of the trades’ apprenticeship programs. The presentations were timed so that all 18 schools could participate. CISCO also had a booth handing out general information about all of the trades’ programs.

The following photos depict some of the activities that occurred during the Expo portion of the event.  To view more photos, click here.

Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11 Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

With nearly 200 labor leaders and roofing contractors in attendance, the Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11 – the largest roofing union in the country – recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of their existence – at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort in Westmont.














The event was a celebration of the rich history of the union, as well as the collaborative bond that labor and management have within the roofing industry.

“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.











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