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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.

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.

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.

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.

4th Annual Construction Expo Provides Opportunities For Hundreds

This group of students from the Tech Center of Lake County attended the 4th Annual Construction Expo held at St. Paul Community Development Ministries (SPCDM) last week in Chicago.

CISCO, SPCDM, the Chicago Teachers Union, the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades joined forces to showcase careers in the construction industry to students and adults. There were 15 trades on hand staffed by apprenticeship coordinators/instructors who provided information about applying to respective apprentice programs, and hands-on demonstrations to give attendees on idea about what is involved in day-to-day work.

Close to 300 people attended the Expo.  To view more pictures from the event, click here.











Illinois Department of Labor Posts 2017 Prevailing Wage Rates

The Illinois Prevailing Wage Council has notified us that the Illinois Department of Labor has posted the 2017 Prevailing Wage rates, which will be effective September 1, 2017.  The ILPWC recommends that all building trades members check the following link – 2017 Prevailing Wage Rates – to ensure that your rates are correct.  If they are not, please contact IDOL.

Chicago Housing Authority Negotiates Historic PLA With Chicago & Cook County Building Trades

With the objective of creating a better future for its residents, a second group of the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) residents attended a Hands-On Expo involving CISCO and the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades at the Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Center satellite location in Chicago at 2141 S. Union Avenue.

The idea to recruit CHA residents was part of an historic, “first of its kind in the country” Project Labor Agreement between CHA and the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades.

The Apprenticeship Coordinator of the Carpenters Vince Sticca and CHA Board Chairman John Hooker welcomed a group of more than 250 residents before the participants took part in the Hands-On event in the Center’s main work area.

“Today, we mark a new chapter in labor relations that would make one of our chief goals at CHA a reality: to enhance the participation of CHA residents in the labor force, and to provide training and skills improvement opportunities for them. I applaud everyone who is working to achieve this agreement,” Hooker said.

The event featured the apprenticeship coordinators, instructors and apprentices from 10 different trades, as well as CHA residents of all ages.

To view more pictures from the event, click here.
































































































Register for CISCO’s Annual Meeting – Friday, February 9, 2018

CISCO’s Annual Meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1901 Woodfield Road in Schaumburg.  Registration is easy – click here.

The Annual Meeting will feature the recognition of the Projects of the Year (see story at top of left column).  Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. and the Program begins at 9:00 a.m.  Hope to see you there!  For more information, contact Julia Mulvey at 630.472.9411.

Register Today for Chicago Roofing Contractors Association Trade Show & Seminars

The 2018 CRCA Trade Show & Seminars “Roofing Week in Chicago – 35 Years Strong” is about a month away. – Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19, 2018.  Don’t miss out on over 135 roofing and waterproofing exhibitors, free seminars and seven hours of registered continuing education.  Get more information on the 2018 show by clicking here.

Electric Association Annual Conference – January 25-26, 2018

Register today for Annual Electric Association Conference, January 25-26, 2018 at Drury Lane Theater & Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.  There will be: 75 exhibitors; 23 classes over two days; 10 professional development hours awarded; and 700 – plus professionals in attendance.

Easy online registration here.

Boy Scouts Honor CISCO Board Member Jim Allen With George Meany Award

Congratulations to Jim Allen, President of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council #1 as he was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council with the George Meany Award in Countryside for his service to the community and the working families in our union trades.  Pictured above with Jim Allen (center) are Jorge Ramirez, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor (left) and Jeff Isaac, Scout Executive/CEO, Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Allen, who has served as President of BAC ADC1 since January 2009, is also a CISCO Board Member.

Laborers’ Leaders Accept 2017 Pillars of the Community Award

On behalf of the Chicago Laborers’ District Council, Jim Connolly, Business Manager (left) & Chuck LoVerde, Sec.-Treas. were honored to accept the 2017 Pillars of the Community award from Sister Rosemary Connelly and the Misericordia Women’s Board (see photo).

The members of LiUNA are truly the pillars of the community, who tirelessly give of themselves and volunteer their money, time and labor to help those in need. LiUNA’s value strength in unity and humbly extend this belief into practice in their everyday lives.

The mission of Misericordia, Heart of Mercy is to support children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing the highest quality residential, training, and employment services. Individuals are provided the full continuum of care designed to meet each person’s changing needs and maximize his or her independence, self-determination, interpersonal relationships, and engagement in the community. Through dedicated families, employees, volunteers, supporters and community networks, Misericordia, Heart of Mercy offers an environment that fosters each person’s spirituality, dignity, respect, and quality of life.

Apprenticeship Opportunity

IBEW Local 117 – Inside Wire (Electrician) Apprentice/Installer Technician for Telecommunications Apprentice

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) will open its application period for Electrician apprenticeship on Monday, January 8, 2018 through Friday, January 19, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Application hours will be extended to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 9 ONLY.  Applications may be picked up only during these periods at 765 Munshaw Lane, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.  You must apply in person.

The JATC will open its application period for Telecommunication Trainee apprenticeship on Monday, Janaury 22, 2018 through Friday, February 2, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Application hours will be extended to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23 ONLY.  Applications may be picked up only during these periods at 765 Munshaw Lane in Crystal Lake.  You must apply in person.

The minimum qualifications for apprenticeship can be found by clicking here.

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.

Prevailing Wage Seminar Turnout Brings Varied Cross-Section of Attendees

Public body employees, contractors, attorneys and construction industry leaders were all part of an audience of nearly 200 at a multi-sponsored event to learn about the Prevailing Wage Act, Responsible Bidder Ordinance and the Freedom of Information Act at a recent seminar held in Downers Grove.

The Prevailing Wage Council; Indiana, Illinois, Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting; CISCO; MARBA; Underground Contractors Association; the National Alliance for Fair Contracting; the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters; the Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Unions; the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades Council and the Finishing Contractors of Chicago partnered together to put this seminar together.

For more photos of the event, 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.

First Workshop In Career Exploration Series For Women Well Attended

About 80 individuals attended the first-ever event held specifically for women who are interested in non-traditional female roles in the workplace.  The event was hosted recently by the College of DuPage and sponsored by WorkNet DuPage.  CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen was the moderator of a four-person panel of women, all of whom have successful careers in industries such as construction or manufacturing.

Pictured at left is Dan Allen leading the panel discussion.

Below left 4 photos clockwise from top left are: panelists Nicole Everett, labor foreman with Mortenson Construction; Kina McAfee, Asst. Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Carpenters Union; and Aneesa Muthana, President of Pioneer Service, Inc. in Addison.  Johnetta Ryan, CISCO ETC Director provides information to a workshop participant.  Louise Medina, SMART265 listens to a woman at the Sheet Metal display, and Hank Zurawski, Apprenticeship Director for IBEW Local 701 answers a participant’s question.  To view more pictures from the event, click here.



























































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