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CISCO Launches 2018 Scholarship Program – Application Deadline – February 23, 2018

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is now accepting applications for its 2018 Scholarship Program. The three different program categories enable a wider range of students of both building trade union members and union contractor employees to apply.

CISCO now offers (3), four-year scholarships ($2,000/year) to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards ($1,000/year) for seniors planning to attend community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards ($1,000/year) to union members or contractor employees.

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 23, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Winners will be notified in mid-March and awards will be presented at CISCO’s Annual Luncheon in April, 2018. For judging criteria, application information, and eligibility requirements, please refer to the application forms.

To download the applications, click 4-year scholarship, 2-year scholarship, OR, Continuing Education.  For more information about the Program, click here, or call CISCO at 630-472-9411.

PCA Midwest “Chicago Plumbing Industry” Hall of Fame Inducts 2018 Honorees

The Plumbing Contractors Association (PCA) Midwest honored three outstanding individuals who have shown a great deal of personal commitment, ingenuity and passion to improve the plumbing industry during its recent PCA Winter Social at the Brookfield Zoo’s Seven Seas Underwater Dolphin Viewing Area.









The 2018 inductees are (clockwise from top left)Charles S. Allen, Executive Chairman of Sloan Valve Company; John Bojan, Retired Plumbers Local 130 UA Pension Fund Administrator; and James P. Smith, Past President of C.J. Erickson Plumbing Company.

The PCA Midwest created the Chicago Area Plumbing Industry Hall of Fame in 2002. Since its inception, more than 30 distinguished men and women representing PCA plumbing contractors, United Association (UA) of Journeyman Plumbers Local 130, and the manufacturer/supplier segment of the industry have been bestowed with this tribute.

CISCO “TAPS” Into The Magic

CISCO has once again partnered with local organizations in order to highlight career opportunities through apprenticeships and other business initiatives.  The latest joint venture involves the Chicago Public Schools and SodexoMAGIC – a facilities management company led by Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Hall of Fame basketball player turned successful businessman.

Johnson, who is Chairman and CEO of SodexoMAGIC, spoke recently to about 100 CPS students at the inaugural event of the T.A.P. (Trades Apprenticeship Pipeline) Program.  The goal of the program is to create a pipeline to careers with SodexoMAGIC that will result in productive citizenship for the community.

During the recent event, Will Jones, ABC Channel 7 Reporter was the Master of Ceremonies that included Magic Johnson speaking directly to the students, which was followed by Johnson speaking to Gala attendees.  The evening wrapped up with a T.A.P. Program overview presented by Jakki Dace, of CPS’ Career & Technical Education Department, followed by a panel discussion that included CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen.  To view more pictures of the event, click here.

Plumbers Local 130 Opens New Chicago Training Center

With hundreds of labor leaders, elected officials and even more proud members of Plumbers Local 130 looking on, the union unveiled its new state of the art 50,000 square-foot Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) Training Center on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.

During the ceremony, Business Manager Jim Coyne, who is also the JAC Chairman, presided over the introduction of eight different speakers as each took turns praising the union for establishing “a new standard of excellence in the construction industry.”

“Through the corridors of the new facility,” Coyne began, “I see hope and a bright future for all of the new apprentices that enter through these doors. Local 130 will be forever changed.”

Coyne mentioned many of the three-story building’s features: 1) Rainwater harvesting, which takes rainwater off the roof, stores it in both a 10,000 gallon underground tank and a 3,500 above ground tank and puts it back into the plumbing system to flush urinals;  2) Grey water harvesting used for the irrigation system of the trees and plants in the new plaza; 3) Six different wet-labs that feature 94 faucets, residential and commercial plumbing fixtures and a water heater lab; 4) A green roof and 5) Solar panels to create hot water for the entire building.

Following the ribbon-cutting, Coyne invited everyone to tour the three-story facility, where current apprentices were undergoing a variety of training techniques that were visible to the invited guests.  To view more pictures of the event, 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.

Chicago Women In Trades Conference Returns to McCormick Place In A Big Way

Approximately 1,700 women attended the recent 2017 Conference – “Women Build Nations” and were treated to great speakers and several hands-on demonstrations as 12 different building trades set up booth displays and the ladies got a glimpse into the career of a woman in the union construction industry.

In addition to the photos below, just click here for more from the Conference.













































































































Working People’s Day of Action – February 24, 2018 – Join The Rally To Fight Back!

In cities across the nation, thousands will challenge a system that favors corporations and the wealthy.  The rally in Chicago will be held at Noon, Saturday, Feb. 24th at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

No court, no governor, no president and no corporate bully can stop us when enough of us unite for our freedoms, our healthcare, our communities and our futures.  To view the official event flyer, click here.

Despite Major Snowstorm, Members Turn Out For CISCO Annual Meeting Recognizing Award Winning Projects

The show had to go on!  CISCO hosted its Annual Meeting to a crowd of 115 very hearty guests who braved a serious snowstorm and attended the February 9th event.

CISCO recognized 7 different construction projects that were chosen in December for their quality in construction, design, safety record and impact on the community.  To view more pictures of the event, click here.

To read the detailed press release about the winning entries, click here.  To view the photos of the winning projects, click here.

In addition, CISCO affirmed the nominations for all of the Board positions, including its Executive Officers.  CISCO’s new Board President is Maurice King, Vice President of IBEW Local 134.  Its new Vice President will be S.J. Peters, Executive Director of PCA Midwest and the Plumbing Council Midwest.  Other officers remain the same as Frank Furco stays on Treasurer and John Cronin as Secretary.  Furco is Business Manager/Financial Secretary for IBEW Local 701, while Cronin is President of Trinity Roofing Service, Inc. and represents the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association.

CISCO Board Announces Selections For Top 2017 Construction Projects

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different categories. The closeness of the voting was an indication of the quality of the competition. The top choices were:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20 m): McCormick Place Hotel & Event Center; Submitted by Clark Construction Group – Chicago.

New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20 m): Zurich North America HQ; Submitted by Clayco, Inc.

New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): Peoples Gas Training Center; Submitted by Ujamaa Construction, Inc.

Infrastructure: Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project; Submitted by Illinois Tollway.

Rehabilitation: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Submitted by Bulley & Andrews.

Residential: SixForty North Wells; Submitted by Lendlease (US) Construction, Inc.

Special Mention: Plumbers Local 130 JAC Training Center; Submitted by W.E. O’Neil Construction.

To read the detailed press release about the winning entries, click here.  To view the photos of the winning projects, click here.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Electricians IBEW Local 134 – Communications Apprentice

I.B.E.W. Local 134 and the Electrical Contractors Association through the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Trust will open registration
for the Communications Apprenticeship Program.

Online Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018. The first five hundred (500) time stamped completed registrations will be taken and after that number is satisfied, no additional registrations will be taken.

  1. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018, interested candidates should click on this page, where a link will be posted when registration is open.
  1. Enter the information required and upload a valid Driver’s License, a Social Security Card, and a U.S. Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Alien Card, or other proof of authorization to work in the U.S.A. (minimum age of 17 at registration).  The upload can be done from a photo taken on a cell phone.  Instructions will be provided on the website on how to perform these tasks.  All completed registrations will be time stamped and acknowledged by email subject to confirmation.
  1. An email will be sent confirming the completed registration.  Continued eligibility for the program requires the submission of additional information in-person (photo I.D. required) on the dates and times specified in the email:
    1. A $25.00 non-refundable registration fee (Only Cash or Money Order payable to EJATT).
    2. Proof of High School Graduation: a copy of a Diploma, a transcript, or GED Certificate is required.  (Final semester HS seniors may register pending graduation).
    3. Proof of one year of high school level Algebra or higher level course with a minimum of “C”: transcript required.  Note: The GED Math Certification does not satisfy this requirement.
    4. Additional optional documentation may be submitted as outlined in the email.

Upon an offer of apprenticeship, you must be able to demonstrate that you can perform the essential functions of an apprentice electrician with or without a reasonable accommodation.  In addition, a drug screen, physical exam, and background check will be required.  The number of Apprentices admitted to the program is based on the needs of the industry.  Selection of Apprentices is based on confirmed registrations in order of time stamp.

EJATT will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. The EJATT will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30.”

Plumbers Local 130 – Plumbers Apprentice

The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Local 130 will accept applications for admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program starting Tuesday, January 23, 2018 through Thursday, February 22, 2018:

Applications will be accepted in person only at the following times and locations:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 : 00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at both our Chicago and Joliet offices:

Chicago Office: 1400 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607, (312) 421-1028

Joliet Office: 2114 S. 1-80 Frontage Rd., Joliet, IL 60436 (312) 421-1028

January 23rd & 25th, 2018, February 6th, 8th, 20th and 22nd, 2018

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at our Volo Office: 31855 N. U.S. Hwy 12, Volo, IL 60073, (312) 421-1028.

*REGISTRATION FEE:  $25.00 Money Order or Cashier’s Check payable to: Plumbers’ JAC Local 130

**Optional, if you wish to purchase the Test Taking Tip book for $10.00, your money order or cashier’s check should be in the amount of $35.00 (no cash, credit cards or personal checks will be accepted)

*REQUIREMENTS: You must apply in person, AND you must bring the following items:

  • Your valid driver’s license,
  • Your Birth Certificate or U.S. Passport,
  • Your original High School Diploma OR G.E.D. equivalent ORSealed High  School Transcripts OR College Diploma WITH Transcripts
  • $25.00 non-refund able application fee


1. Must be able to read, write, and speak English.

2. Must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.

3. Pass an apt itude  test, a drug screen, a physi cal exam  and an agility test.

4. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

5. Must be at least 18 years of age. (Applicants who are 17 years of age may be placed on the eligibility list if proof is provided he or she will be 18 years of age prior to being registered by the JAC).

Applicants submitting the required documents will be given all the information where and when to appear for the aptitude test (See **above to purchase Test Taking Tips book for $10.00), drug screen, physical, and physical agility test.

At the time of indenture you must: 1) Have a valid Driver’s license; 2) Have a reliable form of transportation; and 3) Pass a drug test.

FOR MORE INFO: www.jac130.org.

Carpenters – “General Construction”  Apprentice

Effective Tuesday, January 30, 2018, applications for future Pre-Apprentice “General Construction” carpentry training classes will be accepted at the Apprentice Program Office, 1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Each candidate MUST PRESENT the following requirements at the Apprentice Program Office NO LATER THAN Thursday, February 22, 2018:

  • Letter of recommendation on a Local Union letterhead, signed by an officer;
  • Must have attained the age of 17 (Driver’s License of State ID Card required);
  • Copy of High School Diploma or High School Transcripts (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of G.E.D. certificate;
  • Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for;
  • Veterans – Form DD124 copy;
  • A $25.00 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 & veteran participation.  Therefore, the Carpenters are requesting that you please share the above information with those individuals interested in an Apprenticeship in Carpentry.









































































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