Extensive Training ProgramsSkilled WorkforceOn Budget/On ScheduleBuilding TrustQuality & SafetyDrug-Free Workplace
    CISCO CommunicatorApprenticeship GuideWage GuideSubscribe to E-newsletterBecome a CISCO Member

CISCO Begins Accepting Project of the Year Awards – Deadline December 1, 2017

CISCO’s Project of the Year Award is kicking off its 13th 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 6 different categories that includes new construction, renovation, residential construction, and infrastructure.  Just click here to download the easy three-step application form.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 1st.  For more information, call Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs 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.

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.






“I Want SMART” Marketing Campaign Is Hot Topic Among Consumers

A rebate program that began in September, 2009 is quickly becoming the talk of the sheet metal industry as a result of a clever, effective advertising campaign that was launched three years ago in March 2014.

The campaign called “I Want SMART” was initiated by Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association SMART Local Union 265 in conjunction with SMACNA Greater Chicago (Sheet Metal contractors) to promote its rebate program.  Since September 2009 through January 2016, SMART has replaced 8,776 furnaces, 8,988 air conditioners and performed maintenance on 14,435 pieces of residential equipment.  Better yet, since the marketing campaign was launched, an average of 300 rebates have been processed each month.

The campaign takes a non-traditional union approach focuses on the pillars of the SMART brand.  The objective of the campaign is to establish VALUE to the customer, prove its QUALITY to the consumer, and develop TRUST with the customer.  The campaign’s purpose is selling furnaces, air conditioners and service work.

If you are interested in learning more about the campaign’s components, whether you are a construction industry professional or a consumer, just click here.

























































































COD To Host Career Exploration Series For Women – Friday, September 29, 2017

The College of DuPage’s “Breaking Boundaries” Career Exploration Series for Women begins Friday, Sept. 29 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Technical Education Center on the COD campus in Glen Ellyn.

Discover high-paying, in-demand technology and trade careers; attend a panel discussion; visit with local area employers; tour the college’s training labs; and learn about educational opportunities at COD.

To register, click here. For more information, contact Adela Meitz at 630/942-2389 or meitza@cod.edu.

Chicago Women In Trades “Women Build Nations” Conference – October 13-15, 2017

Chicago Women in Trades and North America’s Building Trade’s Unions Women’s Committee are thrilled to announce that the 2017 Women Build Nations Conference will return to Chicago October 13th -15th.  This year, anticipating record breaking attendance, the conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel and McCormick Place Convention Center, the largest convention center in the country, which many tradeswomen helped to build!  Keeping watching the CWIT website for more conference news and to register, click here.

Congressman Danny Davis Hosts Youth Technology Summit

CISCO and representatives of the Carpenters’ and Painters & Drywall Finishers’ Apprenticeship Programs were on hand for a recent two-day conference, hosted by Congressman Danny Davis (D-7th Dist.) at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The Conference is called the State of the African-American Male and included a Youth Technology Summit, Resource Fair and break-out sessions that focused on numerous topics, including Unemployment, Public Safety, Education, Anti-bullying, Housing, Jobs and Life Skills.

Pictured in the photo above are (from left) Congressman Danny Davis, CISCO Education-to-Careers Director Johnetta Ryan, Jay Kolder, Apprenticeship Instructor for Painters & Drywall Finishers, and Kina McAfee, Assistant Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Carpenters.

Golf Outing Draws Full House On Another Perfect Day

If this sounds like you’ve read this story before, you’re nearly right – The 2017 CISCO Golf Outing was spectacular again as 140 golfers enjoyed ideal September weather, great fun, a hearty lunch and some lucky winners won great prizes!

Thanks to the generosity of our golfing guests, this year’s charity – Gateway To Learning – benefited nicely as well.

The success of the donations was made possible, in part, from the “Beat The Pro” hole, sponsored by Cherry Creek Mortgage Company. Thanks to Jody Anderson and her husband Jay, the couple gave golfers a challenge that they readily accepted, and had a lot of fun – for a great cause.  To view more photos, click here.

Final contribution totals will be released later, but in the meantime CISCO would like to thank the many member organizations and industry friends who annually support us with their sponsorship and participation of this great event.

Apprenticeship Applications Being Accepted

Sheet Metal Workers Local 73

The following information is provided to any person interested in choosing the sheet metal trade as a career:

  1. Applications will be accepted every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 2701 Van Buren Street, Bellwood, IL 60104 from August 2 through October 4, 2017.
  2. Applicant must be at least 17 years or older.
  3. A $20.00 non-refundable registration fee (cash or money order) will be paid at the time of the application to offset administrative costs.
  4. Documents that must be brought at the time of application are as follows: a) A copy of high school diploma, G.E.D. Certificate or Equivalent, b) A certified birth certificate (no copies accepted), c) An official translation for any of the above-listed documents that are not in English, d) A copy of DD214 (Armed Forces Discharge) if applicable, e) Present identification with photo (i.e. Driver’s license).
  5. An apprentice applicant will take an aptitude test.  Applicants will be ranked by scores.
  6. An apprentice applicant must pass a Drug Test and a Physical Exam before indenture.  Applicant must pay for the physical examination (approximately $50.00).  The Drug test will be paid for by the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.  The physical exam and drug test must be taken within a specific time period.  Failure to do so will cause the applicant to be dropped.
  7. The apprenticeship term is 4 years plus probationary period consisting of the following: a) Possibility of 42 weeks of probationary apprenticeship; b) 10-week pre-apprentice training program; c) 4 years of school – (6 semesters) of concentrated training (20 days per semester) in conjunction with on-the-job training.
  8. An apprentice must maintain a minimum 75% grade point average while attending school.

Sheet Metal Local 73 – (708) 544-5711 – www.smw73.org

Career Information Fair at Prairie State College Draws Nice Crowd

About 60 individuals attended a mid-June Career Information Fair held at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights.  Attendees learned about union trades and how they can help in the pursuit of a career in the union construction industry.

Nine different trades were on hand, along with representatives of the Illinois Army National Guard and the Chicago Women in Trades.  The Fair was made possible by the support of CISCO, the South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association, the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation and the Illinois Department of Employment Security and several local elected officials.

Pictured above helping attendees with information about specific trades (clockwise from top left) are: Johnetta Ryan, CISCO Education-to-Careers Director; Rich Schuman, Laborers Homer St. Administrator; Mike Borjas, Teamsters Construction Driver Training Instructor; and Roofers Local 11 Apprenticeship Instructor Brian Dubin.  For more pictures from the event, click here.

Cement Masons Local 502 Breaks Ground on Apprenticeship Training Center in Bellwood

A new Training Center will be built this summer in Bellwood for apprentices of both the Cement Masons Local 502 and the Plasterers Local 5.  The 20,000 square-foot building is expected to be open sometime in October 2017.

Pictured above are from left:  Newly elected Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey; Pat LaCassa, President and Business Manager of Cement Masons Local 502; Former Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale; Larry Picardi, Secretary-Treasurer of Cement Masons Local 502; Tom Abruzzo, Vice President of Forza Construction; and Anthony Abruzzo, President of Forza Design & Consulting Inc.

“We are very excited about moving into this new facility,” said Larry Picardi, Secretary-Treasurer, Cement Masons Local 502.  “We need to continue to attract young men and women into these trades and having state of the art classrooms and dedicated areas for instruction of the craft is vital.”

“I also want to thank our members who have been very supportive of this project.  We have never had our own training center, and we are happy to be staying in the area,” Picardi added.

The structure is being built next door to the Cement Masons Union Hall in Bellwood, and Picardi said it will provide a campus feel to his members and apprentices who have been using facilities in Alsip for the past two years.  Currently, there are 93 cement masons and 18 plasterers who are enrolled in the apprenticeship program.
























































Comments are closed.