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CISCO Board Announces Selections for Top 2019 Construction Projects

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different categories, which included a 7th (Special Mention) award this year.  Among a total of 24 entries, the top choices were:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20 m): McDonald’s Global Headquarters; Submitted by James McHugh Construction. (Photo above)
New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20 m): Wheeling Town Center; Submitted by William A. Randolph. (Photo above)

New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): Aurora Fire Station #7; Submitted by R.C. Wegman. (Photo above)

Infrastructure: 41st Street Pedestrian Bridge over Lake Shore Drive; Submitted by F.H. Paschen (Photo above)
Rehabilitation: Old Chicago Post Office – Interior Lobby; Submitted by BEAR Construction (Photo above)
Residential: One Bennett Park; Submitted by Related Midwest (Photo above)

Special Mention: Old Chicago Post Office – Exterior; Submitted by Masonry Advisory Council (Photos above)

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.








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.

“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.



















Apprenticeship Opportunities

Plumbing Apprenticeships

Plumbers JAC Local 130 will be accepting applications for admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program from January 21st through February 20th, 2020 on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Thursdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

You may apply – IN PERSON – at any of the following three (3) locations: 1) Chicago – 1400 W. Washington Blvd., (cross streets of Loomis and Washington); 2) Joliet – 2114 South I-80 Frontage Road, Joliet, IL 60436; and 3) Volo – 31855 North U.S. Highway 12, Volo, IL 60073.

Registration Fee: $25 Non-refundable a) Money Order or Cashier’s Check payable to Plumbers’ JAC Local 130, or b) MasterCard or Visa Credit/Debit Card (a convenience fee will be added to your transaction).  NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

Optional: If you wish to purchase the Test Taking Tip Book for $10, your total will be $35.

Requirements: You must apply in person AND you must bring the following items:

1) Completed application (if downloaded).  Hard copy applications will be available at all registration sites;  2) Your valid driver’s license; 3) Your birth certificate or valid U.S. Passport; 4) Proof of completion of high school (original HS diploma OR G.E.D. certificate OR Sealed Official HS transcripts OR college diploma WITH transcripts OR copy of Veteran DD124); 5) $25 non-refundable application fee; 6) Current or expired apprentice plumbing license (if applicable).

Qualifications: Applicants 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) Must always possess a valid driver’s license; and 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 prior to being registered by the JAC.

NO EXCEPTIONS to the requirements and qualifications listed above!

Register Today for CISCO’s Annual Meeting – February 7, 2020

The projects in the left column will be recognized at CISCO’s Annual Meeting on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Registration and Breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. with the formal program starting at 9:00 a.m. at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 1901 Woodfield Road in Schaumburg. In addition to the Project of the Year Awards, specific individuals will be honored as part of CISCO’s Pride in Construction Awards with the Educator of the Year, Public Body of the Year and Labor Advocate of the Year being recognized.

You won’t want to miss this event! To register, contact Julia Mulvey at (630) 472-9411 or email – julia@cisco.org.

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.

Local 134 Training Center Hosts Illinois State Apprenticeship Committee Conference

About 130 school counselors and educators attended the recent ISAC Conference held at the IBEW/NECA Local 134 Training Center in Alsip.

The day-long conference featured classroom sessions, followed by Hands-On activities conducted by 13 trades, a working lunch and a panel discussion. In addition, Access United and the Chicago Women in Trades were on hand to provide information to the group.  Below are some pictures from the event as counselors tried out some of the Hands-On activities.  For more photos, click here.

Aurora Area Schools Turn Out For Painter’s Dist. 30 Expo

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Painters District Council #30 hosted an Apprenticeship Expo last week at its Training Center in Aurora.

The Expo was a huge success as the event was attended by 525 students from 18 area high schools and middle schools, as 14 different building trades provided information and interactive displays to engage the students.

Throughout the Expo, CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen (left photo) provided a 20-minute presentation on the various trades and discussed some basic requirements needed to apply to any of the trades’ apprenticeship programs. The presentations were timed so that all 18 schools could participate. CISCO also had a booth handing out general information about all of the trades’ programs.

The following photos depict some of the activities that occurred during the Expo portion of the event.  To view more photos, click here.

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.












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