JOB OPENING: CISCO’s Education-to-Careers Director – Resumes Required by March 22, 2021
CISCO has begun a job search for the position of Director of Education-to-Careers.  If you are interested, send your resume, three references and a cover letter with salary expectations to Dan Allen, Executive Director to CISCO: 999 McClintock Drive, Suite 100, Burr Ridge, IL 60527, or via email to dan@cisco.org no later than March 22, 2021.  To download and print the Job posting, click here.

CISCO’s Annual Report Hits the Streets – Take a Look!

The theme for CISCO’s 2020 Annual Report is “Build Back Better”. The report highlights how the industry, through collaboration, came together in genuine labor-management fashion to continue our success in adapting to change.  To view the report, click here.



CISCO Board Announces Selections For Top 2020 Projects

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different construction categories. Among a total of 20 entries, the top choices were:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20 m): Navy Pier Hotel & Rooftop Venue; GC – James McHugh Construction. (Photo below)

New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20 m): City of St. Charles Police Department; GC – Riley Construction. (Photo below)







New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): University of Chicago Medicine River East Ambulatory Care Center; GC – Turner Construction (Photo below)









Infrastructure: CDOT Lake Front Trail Phase 2; GC – Kenny Construction (Photo below)







Rehabilitation: Chicago Riverwalk Esplanade & Marketplace; GC – F. H. Paschen (photo below)








Residential: NEMA Chicago; GC – James McHugh Construction. (Photo below)






The other component of the Pride in Construction Awards is the individual awards.  Those three winners were: 1) Educator of the Year – Jill Nagel, Counselor, at St. Rita High School in Chicago; 2) Public Body of the Year – Cook County Housing Authority; and 3) Labor Advocate of the Year – State Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr.

To view the press release, click here.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Plumbers Local 130

Plumbers’ JAC Local 130, UA will be accepting applications for admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program starting on January 24, 2021 through March 6, 2021 OR the first 2.000 submissions, whichever comes first ONLINE at apply.jac130.org

Methods of Payment:
1. MasterCard, Visa, Discover or AMEX (only)
*Optional: If you wish to purchase the Test Taking Tip Book for $15.00 once your application has been submitted online you will have access to a link to purchase and download a digital copy of the Test Taking Tips 2021

REQUIREMENTS: You must have the following items in order to successfully submit your online application:
• Completed Application
• Uploaded copy of your valid driver’s license
• Uploaded copy of your Birth Certificate or Valid U.S. Passport
• Uploaded proof of Completion of High School in ONE of these formats:
o High School Diploma OR Official High School Transcripts OR
o GED Certificate OR
o College Diploma with Transcripts OR
o Veterans DD214
• $30.00 non-refundable application fee

1. Must read, write and speak the English language
2. Must have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent
3. Pass an aptitude test
4. Pass a drug screen including marijuana
5. Pass a physical exam
6. Pass an agility test
7. Applicants must always possess a valid driver’s license
8. Must be at least 18 years of age (Applicants who are 17 years of age may apply provided he or she will be 18 years of age prior to being registered by the JAC)
9. High School Seniors may apply but must submit a letter from their High School stating they are on track to graduate and including transcripts to date.


Applicants submitting the complete application and required documents will receive an e-mail providing all the information where and when to appear for the aptitude test. Drug screen, physical, and physical agility test information will be provided if and when invited to a pre-orientation meeting.
At the time of indenture, you must: – Have a valid Driver’s license -Have a reliable form of transportation – Pass a drug test
Application available at: www.apply.jac130.org For Questions: (312)421-1028

Sheet Metal Workers/SMART Local 265
Due to the pandemic, applications for an apprenticeship will be taken by appointment only.  Please call the education office to schedule an appointment at 630-668-0110, ext. 29.

Qualifications for all new apprentice applicants are as follows:

  1. Applicant must be a minimum of 17 years of age.
  2. All applicants must submit the following information: a) Completed application, b) Birth certificate, c) High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate, d) Valid Illinois driver’s license, e) Military Discharge papers (if applicable.
  3. All apprentice candidates must pass an aptitude exam (given and administered in English on an assigned date) appropriate to the Sheet Metal or Service industry.
  4. Applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to provide their own transportation, and must be insurable to drive a company vehicle in order to work.
  5. All applicants must be available to work within the territorial jurisdiction of Local #265, which is: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston and Will Counties.
  6. Apprentice candidates will be required to pass a physical exam and drug screen at a clinic to be designated by the Apprenticeship Program.
  7. There will be a $25 fee payable by check, cash or money order ONLY to Sheet Metl Workers Local 265 Education Fund, brought in with you at the time of application.

Note: If all required documents are not provided at the time the application is submitted, the application will NOT be accepted.  The acceptance will start promptly at 8:00 am and end at 11:00 am sharp.

For more information, contact 630-668-0110 and ask for the Education Department.

























































  New Apprenticeship Guide Available
CISCO has received a new batch of updated Apprenticeship Guides. This 90-page booklet is loaded with information about each of the building trades apprentice programs, including requirements to apply. To view and download the Guide, go to www.cisco.org/apprenticeship/


Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Completes Our Lady of Angels Installation
Recently, members of Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, the Chicago Fire Department and officials at our Lady of Angels Church, celebrated the installation of a modern fire sprinkler system throughout the same building that sits on the site of where one of this country’s most devastating fires occurred.Local 281 donated the money to cover labor costs from the U.S. Alliance Fire Protection, which in turn, donated the design, engineering and materials for the project. Also, sprinkler fitter, plumbers and pipefitter unions installed the system free of charge.

The $400,000 project was overseen by Local 281. Business Manager Tom Collins said he was in disbelief when he learned the building only had fire sprinklers in the basement.

“We are extremely proud and happy that we were able in some small way to assist Our Lady of Angels’ mission and the last memory of those who perished on that fateful day,” he said.

Contractors Step Up For CISCO Community Partner
Another great story of 2020 started with a drinking fountain.

One of CISCO’s Community Partners – Gateway to Learning (GTL) – a Chicago-based special education and training center, needed a new drinking fountain that was more COVID-19 friendly.

When PCAGC Executive Director S.J. Peters learned of the need, the CISCO Board VP contacted one of his own board members – John Baethke, Director of John Baethke & Son Plumbing in Chicago to install the drinking fountain.

Next up, Powering Chicago and the IBEW volunteered to assist Gateway to Learning by hard wiring their building for proper connectivity after hearing the WiFi infrastructure needed an upgrade and the students were in danger of the upcoming school year being compromised.

“Gateway needed to have hardwire ethernet connectivity throughout their facility. When we were first confronted with the ask, Jamerson and Bauwens Electric — one of our Powering Chicago partners — was eager to be put to the task to provide them with their service,” said Powering Chicago Director Elbert Walters III.

But the giving didn’t stop there!

Gateway to Learning’s Executive Director sent this thank you to CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen:
“ A huge thank you to CISCO, the contractors, workers and the work done last year by the Carpenters, who all made this dream a reality,” said Kathryn Lavin, GTL’s Executive Director.
“Through the support of an anonymous donor, we will be adding new computers to each classroom to expand both e-learning and program resources. This is a game changer, and we are so grateful.”

Workers’ Compensation Emergency Rule Withdrawn

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) voted unanimously today to withdraw the Emergency Rule it passed on April 16, thus reversing the decision that shifted the burden of proof from the employee to the employer, requiring the employer to present evidence that the employee did not contract the corona virus at work.

There were two people who provided public comment – Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea and Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. Drea spoke on behalf of workers who were deemed “essential” by the Governor. He said that the emergency rule would protect essential workers on the frontlines who contracted the virus citing grocery workers, healthcare workers, first-responders and construction workers and others who were risking their lives and the lives of their families by performing their jobs.

Denzler reiterated the commitment that his members and other associations have initiated to prioritize worker safety during the pandemic. He said many precautions to keep workers safe were put in place, however the undo burden and economic hardship the rule would have placed on retailers, manufacturers and contractors caused them to reach out to the IWCC.

It is likely that the Commission will create a task force to work on a new rule and there may be legislation filed in the General Assembly. CISCO will continue to monitor this issue.

Webinar Addresses Skilled Labor Shortage And Rising Construction Costs

A recent webinar presented by BISNOW Chicago and PowerForward DuPage with nearly 250 registered participants focused on a perceived labor shortage and the concern of rising construction costs. 

The webinar, titled, “Chicago Deep Dish: The Construction Labor Shortage – What Can Be Done About Skilled Labor Shortages and Rising Construction Costs?” was sponsored by  CISCO,PowerForward DuPage, Powering Chicago and Structures Chicago. 

To access the post-webinar blog, click here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources

Please use the resources below for the latest information and guidance on COVID-19:

State of Illinois ​Coronavirus (COVID-19) ​​Response Website

Illinois Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization Latest Updates

United States COVID-19 Interactive Maps

OSHA: COVID-19 Pandemic & Recordkeeping

OSHA Clarifies Coronavirus Reporting Requirements for Employers

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 Newsroom

For our members and friends in the six-county area that we serve, here are links to each county’s Health Department websites:

Cook Coronavirus Information

DuPage Coronavirus Information

Kane Coronavirus Information

Kendall Coronavirus Information

Lake Coronavirus Information

McHenry Coronavirus Information

































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