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CISCO Brings Building Trades Information Fair to CHA Section 3 Residents

CISCO teamed up with the Chicago Housing Authority recently to hold a Union Construction Trades Information Fair at the Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center on Wabash Avenue in Chicago.

Five different trades – Carpenters, IBEW Local 134, Heat & Frost Local 17, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Pipefitters Local 597 and Tilesetters – were on hand as residents attended from 10 am – 2 pm.












To view more pictures, 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.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Carpenters – General Construction

Effective March 4, 2019, applications for future Pre-Apprentice “General Construction” carpentry training classes will be accepted at the Apprentice Program Office, 1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Each candidate MUST PRESENT the following requirements at the Apprentice Program Office between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday – NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 4, 2019:

1. Letter of recommendation on a Local Union letterhead, signed by an officer;

2. Must have attained the age of 17 (Driver’s License or State ID card required as proof);

3. Copy of High School Diploma or High School Transcripts (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum) or copy of G.E.D. Certificate;

4. Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for; and

5. A $25.00 “Non-Refundable” application processing fee (Money Orders & Cashiers Check Only – NO CASH.

All five (5) above-listed requirements MUST BE submitted at the time of filing or candidate will NOT be permitted to file an application.

Veterans Only – Form DD214 must also be submitted.


Ironworkers Local Union #1 will begin accepting apprentice applications April 8 – 12, and April 15 – 19 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The application TEST will be administered on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

IMPORTANT: Applications will not be accepted prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. and only on the dates stated above.

Applicants must be able to read and write the English language and provide the following required documents:

1.Original High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate.

2. Certified birth certificate (must be at least 18 years old) or Passport

3. Valid driver’s license or state photo ID

4. DD214 if prior military service

5. Three references (name, address and phone number required)

6. Cashier’s Check or Money Order for $25.00 (Non-refundable) made out to: Apprenticeship Trust Fund.

No cash or personal checks will be accepted. 

Study guides will be available from the testing Agency during applications. (Cost: $10.00)  Cash will be accepted for study guide.  For additional information and driving directions, visit our website: www.iwlocal1.com

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, March 21, 2019; 8-10 am
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019; 8-10 am
  • Thursday, May 16, 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.

GLCA Recognizes CISCO’s Johnetta Ryan With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA) recognized CISCO’s Director of Education-to-Careers Johnetta Ryan with the prestigious Robert W. MacGruder Lifetime Achievement Award recently at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills, Illinois.  Pictured above (from left) are Dan Allen, CISCO Executive Director; Tim Marabella, GLCA Executive Director; Johnetta Ryan; and CISCO Board Members Jim Allen and S.J. Peters.  Peters is CISCO’s Board Vice President.

“Johnetta has been guiding students to our union trade apprentice programs and promoting careers in union construction via workshops, career fairs and presentations in Illinois for almost 20 years.”

Robert W. MacGruder was Executive Vice President of the Lake County Contractor’s Association (GLCA predecessor) from 1973-1996 before his death in March of 2017.

Nine Schools Attend Hands On Expo at Oak Park River Forest HS

With 7 building trades representatives on hand, CISCO orchestrated another successful Hands On Expo as nearly 100 students from nine different area high schools attended a two-session all-day event in Oak Park.

Students from Proviso West and East, Riverside-Brookfield and Ridgewood High Schools were present in the morning, followed by Oak Park-River Forest, East and West Leyden and Elmwood park High Schools in the afternoon.  They got a chance to talk to Apprentice Coordinators and instructors from the Boilermakers, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers Local 150, Painters and Roofers Local 11.  To view all the pictures, click here.








CISCO and Building Trades Attend St. Leonard’s Career Fair

St. Leonard’s Ministries, located in Chicago’s West Side, held a Construction Skills Training Program & Career Fair recently that enabled residents to gain information about careers in the union building trades.

Apprenticeship Coordinators and instructors from the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Electricians, Laborers, Painters and Decorators, and Roofers provided information to residents on what is required, and how to be successful when applying into one of these apprenticeship programs.

The Career Fair was a helpful supplement to St. Leonard’s Construction Skills Program, which goes beyond career readiness and includes basic and advanced training skills in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical areas, as well as math curriculum.  For more pictures, click here.

CISCO Enjoys Another Successful Outing – Raises Nearly $3,000 for Charity

CISCO’s Annual Golf Outing was another big hit as the previous week’s rain moved out and delivered perfect weather, and the icing on the cake was a full house of golfers, who not only had fun, but generously contributed nearly $3,000 to the designated charity – Gateway to Learning – a special education and training center that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.














As the photos above show, there was plenty of fun on the course, and numerous raffle prizes after lunch.  To view more outing pictures, just click here.

“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.






Newly Named IDOL Director to Highlight CISCO Annual Luncheon

Michael Kleinik, new Director of the Illinois Department of Labor, will be the keynote speaker at CISCO’s Annual Luncheon on Friday, April 26, at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg.  The Luncheon begins at 11:00 a.m. with registration and the program begins at Noon.

Governor Pritzker recently appointed Kleinik to the position.  His previous experience at the IDOL as the Manager of the Department’s Conciliation and Mediation Division was one of the overriding factors in the choice.

To attend the event, click here, for the registration form. 

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)


Construction Expo Held in Chicago’s Hegewisch Neighborhood

CISCO and the Chicago & Cook County Building Trades recently teamed up with 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza to bring a Hands-On Construction Expo to Chicago’s East Side.

The event experienced a good turnout as resident had the opportunity to meet and talk to representative of 17 different building trades about how to get started in the application process and apply to one of the building trades apprenticeship programs. In addition, groups such as Access United and Chicago Women in Trades were on hand.

The award-winning Built To Last production crew was there to film scenes that will be used in upcoming programs that are highlighting the trades.  In addition to the photos below, click here to view more pictures.



Big Turnout for 3rd Breaking Boundaries Event at Lake Park HS

Approximately 180 people attended the third in a series of events called Breaking Boundaries, that explores the personal and financial benefits of women moving into nontraditional fields at Lake Park High School.

This installment featured keynote speaker Kayleen McCabe (above photo) of the DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation followed by an Employer & Career Path Showcase.  More than 20 employers/vendors/building trades organizations were on hand.  A few pictures are below, and click here for more photos.
















































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