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CISCO/Moraine Area Career System Conduct Successful Hands-On Fair

CISCO teamed up with the Moraine Area Career System for a recent Hands-On Fair at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters’ satellite Apprenticeship & Training Center in Chicago.  Ten trades were present as approximately 125 students attended from 10 area high schools.  Counselors, teacher and vocational coordinators from Andrew, Argo, Delta Learning Center, Eisenhower, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Richards, Sandburg, Shephard, and Stagg High Schools accompanied the students.

In addition to the Moraine Community College Welding Program, the trades had representatives from the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians Local 134, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Painters, Pipefitters Local 597, Plumbers Local 130 and the Ceramic Tile Setters.  To view more pictures from the event, click here.














CISCO/Housing Authority of Cook County Hold First Ever Hands-On Fair

CISCO and the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) worked together to organize its first joint Hands-On Fair in Chicago Heights at the Park District’s Rec Center.  Around 80 HACC residents took advantage as 12 different building trades set up booth displays for people to learn about what it takes to apply to one of the union apprenticeship programs.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was on hand to greet residents, as well as Ralph Affrunti, President of the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades Council.

Left photos: (From top to bottom) 1)Adam Sutter, Admissions Director for the Pipefitters Local 597 Apprenticeship Program talks to a HACC resident. 2) Operating Engineers Local 150 Recruiter Daphne Jackson helps a resident with a computer simulator, and 3) President Preckwinkle tries her hand at smoothing out cement at the Cement Masons Local 502 booth as members Mike Murtaugh (left) and Joe Malia look on.   To view additional photos from the event, click here.

GLCA Recognizes Tops in Safety; Scholarships Awarded

The Great Lakes Construction Association distributed 45 safety awards at their annual Safety Awards Dinner last week, with 37 plaques going to contractors who achieved zero lost time injuries in 5 different categories based on hours worked.

In addition, GLCA presented two scholarship awards ($1,000 each) to deserving students.

UCA Legislative Reception Brings Lawmakers Together With Construction Industry Leaders

The Underground Contractor’s Association (UCA) held its annual Legislative Reception at the Medinah Country Club as members and guests got a chance to talk to legislators from both sides of the aisle.

Michael Wiedmaier, UCA Executive Director, greeted the audience and introduced a group of about 25 legislators, elected officials and labor leaders.

Illinois Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom provided an update on the Tollway’s Capital Construction Plan, and several of the legislators mentioned the need to adopt another Capital Bill. The last Capital Bill was passed in 2009.  In the photo above, Schillerstrom (center) is joined by (from left) Marc Poulos, III-FFF Executive Director; Jack Franks, McHenry County Chairman; Dan Cronin, DuPage County Chairman; and Mike Piraino, UCA Board Member.

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.













































































































Speaker Madigan Highlights CISCO Annual Luncheon – Friday, May 4, 2018

Register now for CISCO’s 30th Annual Luncheon set for Friday, May 4, 2018 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chicago, 516 N. Clark St.

The Luncheon will feature recognition of our Labor Advocate, Public Body and Educator of the Year awards, as well as presentations to our 2018 Scholarship Award recipients.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan has been an ardent supporter of working class families – especially the men and women in the union construction industry.  With his leadership, the state has passed Capital and infrastructure spending bills that have benefitted the industry and residents.  He has also helped pass legislation that has protected and bolstered Prevailing Wage laws.

Sponsorships are also available.  To learn how to sponsor and register, click here to download  the Luncheon Registration form.

“Working People’s Day of Action” Draws Big Crowd to Daley Plaza

An estimated crowd of 5,000 attended the Chicago rally for the “Working People’s Day of Action” held Saturday at Daley Plaza.

The rally was part of a nationally organized event and sponsored here by the Chicago Federation of Labor and Illinois Working Together in order to unite for our freedoms, our healthcare, and our communities.

Laborers Graduate Another Record Number From Apprenticeship Program

Recently, the LiUNA Chicagoland Laborers’ District Council Training and Apprenticeship Program held a graduation ceremony for 88 apprentices – most ever – at its Training Center on Homer Street in Chicago.

Paul Hoetzer, Laborers’ Apprenticeship Coordinator, (see photo at top of right column) served as the master of ceremonies as he presented the 88 apprentices, who represented 12 different locals.






In the photo above, Local 5 graduate Tavarus Braggs (center) is joined (from left) by Johnetta Ryan, CISCO’s Education to Careers Director; Daphnie Braggs; Rebecca Garcia Westberg, South Suburban College Extension Services Director; and Paul Hoetzer Laborers’ Apprenticeship Coordinator.

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

Carpenters – “Concrete Form Builder” Pre- Apprentice

Effective Tuesday, February 27, 2018, applications for future Pre-Apprentice “Concrete Form Builder” 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, March 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.

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.”

Elevator Constructor 

International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #2 Joint Apprenticeship Committee will be accepting applications beginning at 12:01 p.m. April 7, 2018 and end when the 800th completed application is processed or 12:01 p.m. April 20, 2018, whichever comes first.

All applications must be completed online by visiting www.neiep.org/careers.aspx and by clicking the link for Apprenticeship Opportunities.  Select the (city/state) recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications:

AGE:  Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age

EDUCATION:  Applicants shall be a high school graduate or provide proof of equivalent educational attainment such as completion of the General Education Development (GED) tests. Each applicant shall submit (upload), with the completed application, a high school transcript, or high school diploma, or an official report of GED test results.

APTITUDE: All applicants shall pass an examination designed to test the applicant’s reading, math skills, and aptitude for employment in the elevator industry.

TOOL ASSESSMENT: Applicants will also take a Tool Assessment designed to assess knowledge of basic tools and their use, as well as basic measuring skills.

PHYSICAL:  Be capable of performing the physical requirements of the job without posing a threat to the health and safety of themselves or others.

OTHER: Upon selection, pass a drug test.  (Paid by the employer)  A photo I.D. must be presented during the application process.

FEES:  $25.00 Testing Fee Required on TEST DAY (ONLY A MONEY ORDER OR BANK CERTIFIED CHECK WILL BE ACCEPTED, NO CASH, NO PERSONAL CHECKS). Fee waivers may be requested and will be approved upon showing of verifiable proof of financial need.






















































































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