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Bensenville/CISCO Team Up To Deliver Hands-On Apprenticeship Career Fair – August 3

bensenville-smCISCO and the Village of Bensenville will partner again on a Hands-On Career Fair for area residents. The career fair will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 3 in downtown Bensenville in conjunction with the annual Music In The Park event.

Among the many union trades represented at the event will be the Electricians , Carpenters, Bricklayers, Laborers and Pipefitters, with more expected. The event gives people the chance to learn what it takes to apply to an apprenticeship program. It will allow attendees to experience first hand what the men and women in the union trades do in the course of a day.  For more information visit www.bensenville.il.us or call 630-594-1010.  Click here to view promotional flyer.

CISCO Golf Outing – Monday, September 12

golfbag-smStart planning your foursomes now for the annual shot-gun style outing and barbecue lunch, Monday, September 12, 2016 at Bloomingdale Golf Club, 181 Glen Ellyn Road. The outing is still the best value around, and offers great prizes and tons of  fun. Registration and free practice range begins at 7:00 a.m.; golf begins at 8:00 a.m. Cocktails and lunch start around 1:30 p.m.

There are also many ways to sponsor the outing. Hole, Beverage Cart, Halfway House and Lunch sponsorships are available, as well as registration table and prize donations. See the details on the registration form – just click here!  Call us at 630-472-9411 to reserve your foursomes today!

CISCO Added As One Of Sponsors For National Labor-Management Conference – August 17-19

Flyer-cover-cropFor the first time in eight years, the National Labor-Management Conference presented by the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service will be in Chicago. The biennial event, titled “Future @Work” will be held August 17-19, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601.

CISCO will present a 90-minute workshop during one of 60-plus breakout sessions/panel presentations from 3:30 – 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 18.  CISCO will also be one of the event sponsors as its support is helping to bring Keynote Speaker Jason Dorsey to the event. Dorsey’s unique research-driven approach to solving generational challenges has earned him national acclaim.

CISCO’s presentation will focus on its 28-year history as a joint labor-management organization that builds trust between local contractors and union labor. Topics CISCO will address include prevailing wage, collective bargaining, collaborative worker safety education, union apprenticeship programs and CISCO’s efforts to increase awareness of careers in the union construction industry.

Registration is now open, with early-bird registration available until June 24. For more information on the great programs being offered, as well as registration for the conference, please visit the FMCS National Labor Management Conference Website at www.fmcs.gov, or to access the event agenda, click here.

CISCO Teams With Career Development System On First-Ever Hands-On Expo

CISCO and Career Development System (located on the campus of South Suburban College) co-sponsored its first-ever Hands-On Expo recently at the Pipefitters Local 597 facility in Mokena, 10850 W. 187th Street.

a45-brickApproximately 200 students from several junior high schools attended the one-day event.   Building Trades representatives from the Pipefitters Local 597, Operating Engineers Local 150, Carpenters, Laborers, Bricklayers, Painters and Plasterers, and Roofers Local 11 were on hand to demonstrate techniques unique to their trade. Students benefited from talking to instructors and apprenticeship coordinators, as well as trying out a variety of activities set up by the instructors.

Pictured above is Bricklayers Apprenticeship Coordinator Don Walker showing a student how to align bricks as part of a designed bricklaying exercise.


Pictured at left is Operating Engineers Local 150  Apprenticeship Instructor Dan Reda demonstrating an equipment simulator to a group of students. 

To view more photos from this event, click here.

July Communicator On The Presses

CISCO’s quarterly newsletter is coming soon to your mailboxes.  To view and read the latest issue, just click here.

June 29 Construction News Briefs

CISCO’s e-newsletter has been emailed to our members.  To view and read the latest issue, just click here.



















































Prevailing Wage Survey Deadline Extended to August 1, 2016

ATTENTION ALL UNIONS AND UNION CONTRACTORS – The deadline for the Illinois Department of Labor’s (IDOL) Prevailing Wage Survey has been extended from June 30 to August 1, 2016.  Under the Prevailing Wage Act, the IDOL has the responsibility to “investigate and ascertain the prevailing rate of wages for each of the 102 counties in the State.”  Click on the link HERE to enter the wage and fringe benefit information electronically on the IDOL website.

Construction Management Courses Offered at College of Lake County

The College of Lake County Construction Management Technology program is accepting new students and will be offering several courses starting in late August. The CMT program is open to all students, including those with current construction experience who want to get into project management, estimating, inspection, scheduling, procurement, etc.  Courses are offered in the evening starting August 22nd.  Courses transfer to the ISU Bachelors program in Construction Management for those interested.

  • CMT 110 – Intro to the Built Environment; Mondays 6-7PM starting 8/22
  • CMT 112 – Blueprint Reading; Mondays 7-10PM starting 8/22
  • CMT 113 – Construction Materials; Tuesdays 6-8PM (blended face to face and online) starting 8/23
  • CMT 213 – Construction Law and Documents; Tuesdays 8-10PM (blended face to face and online) starting 8/23
  • CMT 214 – Construction Estimating; Thursdays 7-10PM starting 8/25
  • CIV 113 – Construction Inspection and Safety; Thursdays 6:30-09:15PM starting 8/25
  • BUS 121 – Introduction to Business; multiple days/times available
  • BUS 219 – Small Business Management; Thursdays 7-9:45PM starting 8/25
  • BUS 221  – Business Law – multiple days/times available
  • BUS 238 – Project Management; Mondays 7-9:45PM starting 8/22

CMT Classes are taught by experienced professionals in small class settings. Information on the program can be found at the CMT website: www.clcillinois.edu/programs/cmt.  For registration information on information or admission, click here or call (847) 543-2061.  To make an appointment to discuss the CMT program with the Department Chair, contact Rob Twardock at rtwardock@clcillinois.edu  or 847-543-2903.

FREE Workshop: “Dealing With Contractors Who Cheat To Compete” – Wednesday, August 10 

Workshop-pic-cropCISCO and several organizations have partnered with the Indiana, Illinois, Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting (III-FFC) to provide a FREE workshop on Wednesday, August 10, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at UA Local 597 Pipefitters Training center, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena, IL 60448.

This workshop teaches practical, effective strategies to keep low-road contractors who cheat to compete from winning contracts for public works jobs.  For details, click here.

Space is limited.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by July 25, 2016 to Laura Byrne at 815-254-3332 or lbyrne@iiiffc.org.

3rd Annual Construction Expo – August 25

carp8CISCO, St. Paul Community Development Ministries (SPCDM), Chicago Teachers Union and CPS will once again join forces to showcase careers in the construction industry to students and adults. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at SPCDM, 4550 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60653.

For more information about the skilled union trades, contact Johnetta Ryan, CISCO’s Education-to-Careers Director at (630) 472-9411. For more details of the event, click here.  To register: Click here.

Apprenticeship Program Openings

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters:

Effective Thursday, July 7, 2016, each local union will be entitled to refer 20 candidates to the Apprentice Program Office, 1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL, to apply for future Pre-Apprenticeship training classes in GENERAL CONSTRUCTION.

The policy of this Program is to encourage veteran, minority and female participation.  Therefore, a minimum of 8 minority/female/veteran candidates shall be referred during this application period.

Each candidate MUST PRESENT the following requirements at the Apprentice Program Office in Elk Grove Village between the hours of 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, NO LATER THAN Friday, August 5, 2016.

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 G.E.D. certificate; 4) Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for; 5) Veterans – Form DD214 copy; 6) A $25.00 “Non-Refundable” Application Processing Fee (Money Orders & Cashiers Checks 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.

Further details will be mailed to each applicant regarding the required Pre-Test Session and Aptitude Test dates.  For more information, contact Vince Sticca, Apprenticeship Coordinator, (847) 640-7373.

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