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Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11 Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

With nearly 200 labor leaders and roofing contractors in attendance, the Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11 – the largest roofing union in the country – recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of their existence – at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort in Westmont.














The event was a celebration of the rich history of the union, as well as the collaborative bond that labor and management have within the roofing industry.

CISCO Launches Project of the Year Program – Application Deadline – December 4, 2019

CISCO’S Project of the Year Award is kicking off its 15th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months. The award gives general contractors, owners, engineers and architects a chance to submit projects in six different categories that include the areas of new construction, renovation/rehabilitation, residential construction and infrastructure.  One of last year’s winners is shown above – Luther Burbank Elementary School in Burbank, IL for New Construction Category.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. For more information, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org.  To download the application form, just click here.

CISCO Begins To Accept Applications for Scholarship Award Program – Deadline  is February 21, 2020

CISCO is accepting applications for its 2020 Scholarship Program. The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.

CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

“The education of our future generations needs to be priority one,” said CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen. “Each year we receive entries from increasingly talented students. This is a testament to our construction industry parents and families who have instilled a strong work ethic and character in their children.”

The application forms can be downloaded from the following links: 4-Year Scholarship; 2-Year Community College Scholarship; 2-Year Continuing Education Scholarship.  All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 21, 2020. For more information, contact CISCO at 630.472.9411.

PCA Midwest “Expo/Fall Fest” Draws Big Crowd With Dan Hampton

The Plumbing Contractors Association held its Associate Member Expo/Fall Fest recently and the highlight was retired Chicago Bears Hall of Fame defensive tackle Dan Hampton as keynote speaker.

The event which was held at Harry Carry’s restaurant in Lombard drew more than 125 members.  The goal was to connect as many PCA Midwest and Plumbing Council contractors with PCA Midwest Associate members and industry partners, who had set up booths during the Expo part of the evening.

Hampton had plenty to say as he reminisced about the 1985 Super Bowl winning Bears team, as well as his early days of football in high school and at the University of Arkansas.  He also had poignant anecdotes about teammate Walter Payton and former Bears owner George Halas.

CISCO/Building Trades Draw 200-Plus Participants to St. Paul Construction Expo

Once again teamwork has ruled the day!  Sixteen building trades, a handful of contractors, several exhibiting organizations and even the IBEW Local 134 Solar Panel Truck were on hand at St. Paul Community Development Ministries on Chicago’s south side to offer a Hands-On Construction Expo that drew more than 200 local residents.

During the latter portion of the program, five graduating members of St. Paul’s career readiness program spoke to current students, guests and interested adults about their experiences as apprentices in local union apprenticeship programs.

Below is a small sampling of photos from the event.  To view more pictures, click here.







CISCO and CHA Provide Section 3 Residents with Building Trades Information Fair

CISCO and the Chicago Housing Authority gave Section 3 residents a chance to interact with the Apprenticeship coordinators and instructors from 10 different trades, and representatives of Access United.

The residents heard about application requirements for each apprenticeship program, and were able to ask questions about a variety of topics within each building trade.  Those trades which were present were: Boilermakers Local 1, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians Local 134, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Painters, Pipefitters Local 597, Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11 and the Tile Setters.  Photos from the event are below:






















































Bricklayers Host Live National Radio Broadcast  for WCPT-820AM

WCPT-820AM brought its “Labor Live Panel” broadcast to the Bricklayers BAC-ADC Local 1 in Elmhurst recently and discussed many topics including 1) Defeating Right to Work For Less in Illinois; 2) The value of Apprenticeship Programs; and 3) Labor-Management collaboration within the union construction industry.

Moderating the show was Thom Hartmann, and the three-hour broadcast was comprised of many industry leaders including CISCO Board members Jim Allen, President of the Bricklayers and John Daniel, Business Manager of SMART Local 265, as well as John Spiros, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Painters District Council 14, and Jeff Eppenstein, Vice President of Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11.

In the photo above, John Daniel (left to right), Matt Gugala, SMART 265 Vice President, Thom Hartmann and Jim Allen discuss the myths of Labor vs. Management.

DuPage County Apprenticeship Expo – Same Great Event, Same Great Turnout

More than 225 students, parents, educators and area residents attended the 2019 DuPage County Trade Apprenticeship Expo on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The event was co-sponsored by CISCO, the DuPage County Building & Construction Trades Council and hosted by PowerForward DuPage.

Attendees had the opportunity to interact with 16 of DuPage County’s building and construction trade organizations and to learn about each organization’s apprenticeship program.

New to the event this year was the Illinois IBEW Solar Roadshow vehicle (see photo below), created and managed by the Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund, which promotes the safe, productive and sustainable growth of renewable energy systems in Illinois.

The fully customized truck provides solar education “on the road”. It was definitely a crowd favorite!
Photos below are courtesy of PowerForward DuPage.













CISCO, Carpenters, III-FFC Collaborate on Prevailing Wage Seminar

About 175 people consisting of building trades representatives, contractors and public body employees attended in mid-May, a prevailing wage seminar at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Center in Elk Grove Village.

The seminar also focused on Responsible Bidder Ordinances and their value to taxpayers across the country and here in Illinois. (In the photo above, III-FFC Policy Director Josh Weger addresses the audience.)

Seminar speakers were (in their order of appearance: 1) Josh Weger, Policy Director of the Indiana-Illinois-Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting; 2) Frank Manzo IV, Policy Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute; 3) Professor Bob Bruno, Director of Labor Education Programs/Project for Middle-Class Renewal for the University of Illinois; 4) Michael Kleinik, Director of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) and 5) Doris Acevedo, IDOL, Conciliation & Mediation Division.






Prairie State College Launches Mobile Training Centers – November 21

Prairie State College will host a launch party to announce the onset of their Mobile Training Centers on Thursday, November 21, between 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the College’s Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics Building, 191 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL  60411.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and tour the units to see all the training opportunities PSC can offer.  Please RSVP by November 14 online – click here to register.  For more information on the Mobile Training Centers, click here.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

IBEW Local 9 – Outdoor Electrical Worker/Line Maintainer Apprentice

IBEW Local 9 and the Middle States Electrical Contractors Association (MSECA) will be accepting applications to the Outdoor Electrical Worker/Line Maintainer Apprenticeship Program.  Registration will take place at the location, dates and times listed below:

IBEW-MSECA Training Center – 2643 Joseph Court, University Park, Illinois 60484.  Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Dates: November 11-14, 2019; November 18-21, 2019; and November 25-26, 2019.

In order to apply, all applicants must appear in person and bring the following documents:

1) A valid CDL-A driver’s license with air brake endorsement or CDL-A permit with medical card.

2) Original Social Security Card.

3) Resume.

4) Original high school diploma, G.E.D. or original transcript in a sealed envelope from the educational institution.  Absolutely no copies will be accepted.

5) Must be at least 18 years of age.

6) Must bring a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $25.00 made payable to IBEW Local 9 Apprenticeship Fund.

The trade strongly encourages qualified women and minorities to apply.  For additional information and directions visit the Local 9 website: www.ibew9edu.org

Operating Engineers Local 150

The Apprenticeship Office for Local 150 Operating Engineers is now accepting applications for the trades of Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Repair Technician, Geothermal Well Driller, and Construction Material Inspector. An application can be requested in person at one of our 9 offices during the scheduled dates and times listed below. A $25 application fee per program will be required at the time of request in the form of a money order only, made payable to “Local 150 Apprenticeship Fund.” Please note: All Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. The address on your driver’s license MUST MATCH the address on your application.

Minimum Qualifications for the program are as follows:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. Must have graduated high school or obtained a GED. The applicant will provide a high school transcript for evaluation purposes.
  3. Be a resident of the geographic jurisdiction of Local 150.
  4. A valid driver’s license and the maintenance of such are required at the time of selection.
  5. A statement from a licensed physician stating physical ability to perform the work of the trades will be required 30 days after being indentured into the program.
  6. Must be able to read, write and speak the English language.
  7. Required to undergo drug testing.

Schedule of Dates, Times and Locations

  • District 1: 6200 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL 60525; Nov. 1st & 20th; 12pm-5pm
  • District 2: 1050 N. I-55  E. Frontage Rd., Joliet, IL 60431; Nov. 2nd & 16th; 12pm-5pm
  • District 3: 28874 Route 120, Lakemoor, IL 60050; Nov. 5th & 14th; 12pm-5pm
  • District 4: 4477 Linden Rd., Rockford, IL 61109; Nov. 7th & 27th; 12pm-5pm
  • District 5: 740 E. US Route 6, Utica, IL 61373; Nov. 8th & 19th; 12pm-5pm
  • District 6: 1001 Michigan St., Lakeville, IN 46536; Nov. 12th & 26th; 12pm-5pm
  • District 7: 2193 W. 84th Pl., Merrillville, IN 46410; Nov. 6th & 28th; 12pm-5pm
  • District 8: 3511 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, IL 61201; Nov. 15th & 29th; 12pm-5pm
  • Training Center: 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481; Nov. 1-30 (excluding Sundays); 8am-3pm

Completed applications and all the following documents: Educational/Military Transcripts, Reference Letters, Birth Certificate, Proof of Previous Employment and Prior Experience Questionnaire must be mailed or returned to the Training Center at 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, Illinois 60481 no later than December 31, 2018.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at (815) 722-3201 or visit our website at www.asiplocal150.org

Iron Workers Local #63 – Fence Apprentice

Applications will be accepted by the Apprenticeship Office of Iron Workers Local #63 on the following dates:  November 13, and December 11, 2019 at 2523 W. Lexington, Broadview, IL 60155 from 9:00 – 11:00 am on each of those dates listed above.

Individuals interested in becoming a Fence Apprentice MUST obtain a “letter of intent to hire” from a signatory contractor.  The letter must be signed by a principle or authorized person of the company.  Signatory contractors along with additional apprenticeship program information can be found on our website at: www.iwlocal63.com/fenceapprentice

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must apply in person
  • Be at least 18 years of age and provide a government issued picture ID showing date of birth
  • Provide proof of two years completion of High School (transcripts, diploma, or GED certificate)
  • Physically capable of performing the work of the trade
  • Applicants must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Must pay a registration fee of $25.00 in a Money Order or a Cashier’s Check ONLY (Payable to: Local 63 Fence EAP)

Applicants MUST at time of hire:

  • Be able to pass a drug test
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Furnish evidence of their physical fitness sufficient to perform the work of the trade.  Evidence shall be a statement from a certified physician.


Boilermakers Local 1 – Construction Boilermaker Apprentice

Applications will be accepted by the Great Lakes Area Boilermakers Joint Apprenticeship Committee at the following locations, dates and times:

Local One – 2941 Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019; 8-10 am

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, natural origin, age (40 or older), sex, sexual orientation, disability and genetic information. 

Every applicant must supply a copy of their BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/G.E.D.  that the Committee can keep at the time of filing application for apprenticeship.  Each applicant must demonstrate that he/she has access to reliable transportation.

Welding qualification: Applicants that have a welding certification or welding training qualifications will have priority selection over applicants with no welding qualifications.  Applicants must provide a copy and proof of welding certification or welding training qualification at the time of application.

Irish-American Labor Council Honors Two Local Leaders

The Irish-American Labor Council (IALC) honored both CISCO Board Member Jim Allen and Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

Allen is the President of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council #1, and McCarthy is best known for saving President Ronald Reagan’s life by taking a bullet from a would-be assassin – being the only Secret Service agent to be shot in the line of duty.

The Award is given in honor of James Connolly, an Irish rebel leader who fought for workers’ rights and paid with his life – being executed in 1916.

Governor Pritzker and IDOL Director Kleinik Highlight Annual Luncheon

With nearly 300 guests on hand, Governor JB Pritzker gave inspiration remarks about the construction industry, while Michael Kleinik followed up with an overview on how the Illinois Department of Labor plans to return to the regulatory agency it once was.

In addition, CISCO recognized it’s 2019 Scholarship Award recipients prior to both the Governor’s and Kleinik’s speeches.  Six of the seven winners were in attendance as Executive Director Dan Allen highlight their achievements both scholastically, as well as their extra-curricular accomplishments.  A photo of the group, and a list of the winners is posted below.  To view the photos from the event, click here.

CISCO Recognizes Scholarship Winners

The winners of CISCO’s 2019 Scholarship Program were  formally recognized and honored during CISCO’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2019.

See photo below.  To read the press release, click here.






Caption – From left: Dan Allen, CISCO Executive Director, Maurice King, CISCO Board President, Lourdes Alvarez, Rhea Rashad, Emilee Klemm, Governor JB Pritzker, Joe Perri, Kaitlyn Moore and Andrea Feary.  (Not pictured, Casey Woods.)

Four-year scholarship winners:
1) Kaitlyn Moore – Grayslake North HS – Her father is a member of IBEW Local 134
2) Emilee Klemm – St. Charles North HS – Her father is a member of Laborers’ Local 68
3) Lourdes Alvarez – York HS – Her father is a member of Laborers’ Local 582
Two-year Community College scholarship winners:
4) Casey Woods – Marian Catholic HS – Her father is a member of Carpenters Local 54, employed by F.H. Paschen.
5) Andrea Feary – Milledgeville HS – Her father is a member of Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11, employed by Sterling Commercial Roofing.
Two-year Continuing Education scholarship winners:
6) Rhea Rashad – Currently attending Rowan University; Construction Management major. Rhea is employed with The Levy Co. in Northbrook.
7) Joseph Perri – Currently enrolled at the College of DuPage; Construction Management major. Joe is employed by the Village of Roselle Public Works, member of Operating Engineers Local 150.

Prevailing Wage & Responsible Bidder Seminar – Monday, May 13, 2019

CISCO has partnered with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters to offer this valuable seminar on these two complex topics at no cost to you!  Space is limited, so we urge you to register now!  To register, click here.  You must register by May 6th.

The seminar will be held Monday, May 13 with registration beginning at 9:30 am, and the program scheduled to start at 10:00 am at the Carpenters Training Center, 1256 Estes Avenue in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Scheduled speakers are Robert Bruno, Director of Labor Education Programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Marc Poulos, Executive Director of the III-FFC; and Michael Kleinik, Director of the Illinois Department of Labor.

To view the promotional flyer/postcard, just click here.

CISCO’s New Brochure and Annual Report Just A Click Away

If you are interested in checking out a digital version of CISCO’s latest brochure – “CISCO IS” – just click here.  The brochure provides the reader with an historical overview, as well as a glimpse of all of the events and initiatives that keep us busy as a labor-management organization advocating for the union construction industry.

Also CISCO’s 2018 Annual Report can be downloaded and viewed by clicking here. The Annual Report highlights last year’s accomplishments and perspective moving forward.

“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.

CISCO Annual Meeting “Impressive” as Sen. Dick Durbin is Guest Speaker

According to many of its guests, CISCO hosted an “impressive” Annual Meeting that featured guest speaker Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), the presentation of its Pride in Construction Awards, and the reaffirmation of its 2019 Board of Directors.

In his remarks to a crowded room of 275 attendees, Senator Durbin declared that “In Illinois, the war on labor is over,” he said.  “We are going to start working together in this state again.”

Durbin also said that the creation of the middle class was due to the labor movement.  “After World War II, labor unions represented working men and women to make sure they took home a paycheck, could afford to a buy a house, a car and go on vacation, and have a savings account so that their children could go to college.  That was the strongest period of economic growth in modern history, and we need to get back to that, don’t we?”









After Durbin’s remarks, Executive Director Dan Allen introduced Educator of the Year Steve Cervenka, Teacher from the DuPage Tech Center (top left); Labor Advocate of the Year, Marc Poulos, Executive Director of III-FFC (top right); and Public Body of the Year The Chicago Transit Authority (Bottom photo).

Following that, the winners in six different categories of the Project of the Year Award were recognized as project teams stepped up to receive their awards.   To view more pictures from the event, click here.  The winning projects are shown below. To download the press release, click here.

The top projects were:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20m): American Airlines Concourse L/Stinger; Submitted by F.H. Paschen – Chicago (Photo below)

New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20m): Luther Burbank Elementary School; Submitted by International Contractors, Inc. – Burbank, IL (Photo below)

New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): Lincoln Park Zoo/Searle Visitor Center; Submitted by Bulley & Andrews – Chicago (Photo below)

Infrastructure: Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel; Submitted by Kenny Construction Co. -Chicago (Photo below)

Rehabilitation: David K. Hill Family Library at Harper College; Submitted by Legat Architects w/ Pepper Construction – Palatine (Photo below)

Residential: University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons; Submitted by Mortenson Construction – Chicago (Photo below)































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