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Apprenticeship Opportunities

Iron Workers Local #63 – Fence Apprentice

Applications will be accepted by the Apprenticeship Office of Iron Workers Local #63 on the following dates:  December 11, 2019 at 2523 W. Lexington, Broadview, IL 60155 from 9:00 – 11:00 am on each of those dates listed above.

Individuals interested in becoming a Fence Apprentice 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 our website at: www.iwlocal63.com/fenceapprentice

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
  • Applicants must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Must pay a registration fee of $25.00 in a Money Order or a Cashier’s Check ONLY (Payable to: Local 63 Fence EAP)

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.


CISCO Begins To Accept Applications for Scholarship Award Program – Deadline  is February 21, 2020

CISCO is accepting applications for its 2020 Scholarship Program. The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.

CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

“The education of our future generations needs to be priority one,” said CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen. “Each year we receive entries from increasingly talented students. This is a testament to our construction industry parents and families who have instilled a strong work ethic and character in their children.”

The application forms can be downloaded from the following links: 4-Year Scholarship; 2-Year Community College Scholarship; 2-Year Continuing Education Scholarship.  All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 21, 2020. For more information, contact CISCO at 630.472.9411.

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.




















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.

CISCO Launches Project of the Year Program – Application Deadline – December 4, 2019

CISCO’S Project of the Year Award is kicking off its 15th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months. The award gives general contractors, owners, engineers and architects a chance to submit projects in six different categories that include the areas of new construction, renovation/rehabilitation, residential construction and infrastructure.  One of last year’s winners is shown above – Luther Burbank Elementary School in Burbank, IL for New Construction Category.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. For more information, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org.  To download the application form, just 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.

“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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