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Register Today For CISCO’s Annual Meeting – Friday, January 27, 2017

CISCO’s Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1901 Woodfield Road in Schaumburg.

Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. with the formal program starting at 9:00 a.m. The featured presentation will be the 2016 Pride in Construction Awards consisting of the Projects of the Year, as well as recognition of the Educator of the Year, Public Body of the Year and the Labor Advocate of the Year.

To register, contact Julia Mulvey at (630) 472-9411 or via email – julia@cisco.org.

CISCO Launches 2017 Scholarship Program;  Deadline For Applications – Feb. 17, 2017

scholarship-smallerCISCO is now accepting applications for its 2017 Scholarship Program.  CISCO 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 17, 2017 to be eligible for consideration.  For judging criteria, application information and eligibility requirements, please click on any of the three application forms that follow: 1) 4-year scholarship; 2) 2-year community college scholarship; and 3) 2-year continuing education scholarship.

Suicide Prevention Summit – February 1, 2017

suicide-logo-cropConstruction is one of the highest rated industries affected by suicide.  As such, it is an industry imperative to shatter the mental health stigma and create caring cultures within our companies. CFMA has established the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention with the goal of providing and disseminating information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction. Through the information and resources CFMA has compiled, the Alliance looks to help those in the construction industry create awareness of the problem, cultivate a culture of caring, and start the conversation in the workplace.

Members of CFMA Chicago Chapter in partnership with the Builders Association have organized theSuicide Prevention Summit”. This half day collaboration between construction and mental health professionals, will explore suicide prevention for the construction industry. By targeting construction industry CEOs, CFOs, Human Resource professionals, and Safety and Risk managers, this event will provide a wealth of knowledge to professionals in the industry.  To register, click here.

Apprenticeship Application Update

Plumbers Local 130

The UA Local 130 JAC will be accepting applications for admission to its Plumbing Apprenticeship Program starting Tuesday, January 24, 2017 through Thursday, February 23, 2017.

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

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at both the Chicago and Joliet offices.
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Volo office.

For more information, visit www.jac130.org.

Local 130’s New Apprenticeship Training Center Shows Significant Progress

130jac-progress-webUA Local 130’s new state-of-the-art JAC building is sporting the steel frame (See photo above – courtesy of the Plumbing Council).  The new 45,000 square feet training center is being constructed on the Chicago campus at 1400 W. Washington Blvd.

Upon completion, the structure will include a four-story shop area with a model house for rough in; an underground pit and a working crane.  Other planned elements of the training center include a hot works area for welding and soldering, the latest harvesting tank and equipment; a partial green roof; wet lab classrooms and a multi-purpose conference room.  Completion is projected for June, 2017.

High School Counselors, Instructors Get Educated On The Trades

More than 75 high school counselors and instructors attended the recent Educator Days at the Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Center in Elk Grove Village, participating in CISCO’s goal to promote careers in the union construction industry to the teachers and counselors, so they, in turn, inform their students to make them aware of the advantages of an apprenticeship.




The edg-brick2ucators took part in a two-day, hands on expo, sponsored by CISCO and the Illinois State Apprenticeship Committee and Conference (ISACC)  For view more photos from the event, click here.
























































Job Shadow Day Described as “Perfect Success Model”

CISCO’s long-time partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) was on full display recently as CPS’ Department of Career & Technical Education (CTE) sponsored Job Shadow Day.

CISCO was involved in coordinating specific job shadow events at two locations: 1) The City of Chicago Department of Buildings and 2) Clayco, Inc. – one of the country’s top design-build construction firms. A total of 25 students attended the two presentations.

The students who attended are involved in a CTE pathway that includes areas such as Carpentry, Electricity, Welding, Cabinet Making and Architecture; with some students also participating in the newly created “Chicago Builds” program.

Chicago Department of Buildings

The City of Chicago event was highlighted by introductory remarks from Commissioner Frydland, who shared her personal career challenges, and included explanations of the importance of building codes from Deputy Commissioner Matthew Beaudet, as well as instruction on the review process from Deputy Commissioner Asif Rahman and other staff with construction trade backgrounds.

That same morning the students attended a City Council meeting (see photo above) where aldermen were discussing an ordinance that was written after a fireman lost his life due to a contractor who alledgedly violated safety code measures.

Clayco, Inc.

At Clayco, students were welcomed by Chairman and CEO Bob Clark who provided an overview of how he started his career as a union painter before creating Clayco, a $1billion-plus revenue company with 1,645 employees nationwide.

kapil-wall4-bestThe students were divided into two groups – those who were interested in Architecture and those who had interest in building trades.

Tours, presentations and examples of past Clayco projects (see photo above left) were provided and students talked to architects and staff who specialized in various aspects of the “art and science of building” and the entire construction process as it involves client interaction and putting the needs of the building’s users above everything else.

To view more pictures of the Job Shadow Day events, click here.

Top Choices For 2016 Projects of the Year Announced

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently made the tough choices of determining which construction projects were winners in six different categories.  The most entries ever were submitted, and the selections are as follows:

New Construction – Chicago (over $20 million) – Wolf Point West; General Contractor – McHugh/Clark JV; submitted by Ullico.



New Construction – Suburbs (over $20 million) – University of Chicago Medicine – Orland Park; General Contractor – Leopardo/BOWA JV; submitted by Leopardo.



New Construction – Chicago/Suburbs (under $20 m) – Chicago Public Library – Chinatown Branch; General Contractor – Wight Construction; submitted by Chicago Public Building Commission.


Infrastucture – Cermak/McCormick Place CTA Station; General Contractor – F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen (FHP); submitted by FHP.


Rehabilitation – Lane Tech High School Renovation; General Contractor – Tyler Lane Construction; submitted by Tyler Lane.


Residential – 1000 South Clark; General Contractor – Lendlease (US) Construction LLC; submitted by Lendlease.


For more details about the projects, click here to read the CISCO press release.  Formal presentations to the winning project teams will occur during CISCO’s Annual Meeting, Friday, January 27, 2017 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1901 Woodfield Road in Schaumburg.

Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. with the formal program starting at 9:00 a.m.  Recognition of the Educator of the Year, Public Body of the Year and the Labor Advocate of the Year will also take place immediately following the projects.  To register, contact Julia Mulvey at (630) 472-9411 or via email – julia@cisco.org.































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