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Chicago Mayor Scheduled Speaker At CISCO Luncheon – April 21, 2017

CISCO is officially announcing that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the scheduled speaker at this year’s Annual Luncheon set for Friday, April 21.

NOTE: This year’s luncheon will be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy Chicago at 516 North Clark Street. Registration begins at 11:00 am with the Lunch/Program starting at Noon.

There will undoubtedly be a high demand for tickets, and CISCO recommends that you register early for this event. A table of 10 guests will cost $800; single guests will be $85 each. Cost includes three-course luncheon, open bar and complimentary valet parking.

To register, contact Julia Mulvey at (630) 472-9411 or via email: julia@cisco.org.  To download the official registration flyer, click here.

If your organization would like to be listed as a sponsor of the luncheon, the cost is $250. Your company’s name will be listed in the program, shown prominently during the event, and mentioned during remarks.

Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the City of Chicago has experienced a construction renaissance. In addition to having set a post-recession record for crane permits in 2016, Chicago was recently named by the PitchBook research company as the top city for the most profitable start up companies in the country.

Chicago’s construction boom is further evidenced by its record number of building permits, the billion dollar renovation of CTA infrastructure, as well as the billion dollar-plus redevelopment program for Navy Pier and the McCormick Square neighborhood to name just a few examples.

In addition to Mayor Emanuel’s Keynote Address, the 2017 Scholarship Award recipients will be honored at Luncheon.  Don’t miss this great event!

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.

Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

The Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) will be accepting applications for admissions to the Sprinkler Fitters Apprenticeship Program.  Sprinkler Fitters are skilled craftsmen and pipefitting specialists in the fire protection field.  ONLY 500 APPLICANTS WILL BE TAKEN.

Dates and Times:  March 14-17 and March 21-24 and March 27, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Operating Engineers Local 150, 6200 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525.

In order to qualify for an application, you must apply in person; and must provide a copy of the documents listed below.  The JATC will not make copies for applicants.  No one will receive an application without these items:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Your original high school diploma or GED
  • Sealed official transcripts for high school and any post-high school education
  • A valid driver’s license or state issued ID, or U.S. passport when coming to fill out the application
  • Copy of DD-214 form if applicable

In addition, you 1) must be 18 years of age at the time of registration and apply in person.  Applicants will be 2) physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program.  Applicants will be 3) required to successfully pass a drug screening test as a condition of employment.

Registration Fee: Applicants must provide a $25 non-refundable application fee.  Certified check or money order only, made out to Local 281 J.A.T.C.

Iron Workers Local 393

Applications for Apprentices will be taken from March 28 – April 1 and from April 4 – 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm only.  At the time of application, there will be a $60 testing fee.  Study guides are an additional $15.  All fees must be paid by cashier’s check or money order ONLY – made payable to: Local 393 Apprenticeship.  For application information, email jhoward8063@comcast.net.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have documentation to verify age.
  • Must reside in the jurisdiction limits of Iron Workers Local 393 for at least one year prior to application. (See jurisdiction section of website for the geographical boundaries.
  • Must provide proof of residency – acceptable documentation includes items such as utility bills, bank statements, insurance statements, etc.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and must be able to furnish your own transportation to and from the job site as there may be times when you are required to move from one job site to another during the work day.
  • Must have a high school diploma (certified transcripts required) or certificate showing satisfactory scores on the General Education Development (G.E.D.) Test.
  • Must be able to physically perform the work of the trade; be able to lift heavy material and equipment.  Agility and a good sense of balance are required, and must be prepared to work at extreme heights.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English in order to comprehend instruction in training classes, and to ensure personal and co-worker safety on the job.
  • Must be drug free.  A drug test will be given prior to acceptance, and all apprentices are subject to random drug testing throughout the program.
  • Must be able to prove eligibility to work in accordance with applicable citizenship and immigration laws.
  • Must pass an aptitude test.

Technical Engineers Local 130

The Technical Engineers’ Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) will be accepting applications for this program.

Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday starting on March 21 through April 5, 2017.

Time: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, AND on Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Required at time of application:

  1. Must have attained the age of 18;
  2. High School Diploma, SEALED High School Transcripts (must be official) or G.E.D. certificate;
  3. Valid driver’s license;
  4. Birth certificate or U.S. Passport;
  5. A $25 NON-Refundable application processing fee (money order or cashier’s check) only; payable to: Technical Engineers J.A.T.C. Local 130 – No cash or personal checks accepted.

Applications will be accepted in person only at the following location:

1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60607.  (312) 421-1010, ext. 160 OR (312) 421-1028, ext. 550.

This program is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Apprenticeship.
























































Corrosion Forum – Chicago 2017 – March 9

If you are a corrosion engineer, architect or Public Works Manager, this forum is for you.  The event will be held on Thursday, March 9 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Painting & Drywall Finishing Joint Apprenticeship & Training Center, 1101 N. Taft Ave., Berkeley, IL 60163.

There is free registration and a catered lunch.  To register online, click here.  For more information, please contact: Jay Kolder: jayk@corrosionforumchicago.com.

Local 130’s New JAC Training Center On Schedule for June Completion

During a recent Plumbing Contractors Association (PCA) membership meeting, PCA 2nd Vice President and JAC Trustee Matt Erickson provided an update on the new UA Local 130 JAC Training Center currently under construction at 1400 West Washington Blvd. in Chicago.

The project (recent progress photo at left) is on schedule and is projected to be completed in June of 2017. There is a rich history surrounding the JAC Training Center, and to read more, click here.

Union Construction Industry Lauded During CISCO Annual Meeting

The benefits, excellence in quality and community impact of union construction was on full display during CISCO’s recently completed Annual Meeting.  Not only were the top construction projects of 2016 recognized, but three individuals who demonstrated a positive impact on the union construction industry were honored as well.

James Ongtengco, Principal of Fenton High School, was recognized as Educator of the Year; The Village of McCook and its Mayor Jeff Tobolski were hailed as Public Body of the Year; and Chairman/CEO of Clayco, Inc. Robert Clark was honored as Labor Advocate of the Year.

More than 250 CISCO members and people connected to the award winners attended the 2-hour event at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Schaumburg.

Pictured below (from top down) are: Clayco Senior VP Sandra Marks accepting award on behalf of Bob Clark; CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen addresses the audience; the University of Chicago Medicine Project team poses after being announced as the Suburban category choice; and James Ongtengco greets Dan Allen upon being introduced.

















In addition, two retiring members were recognized:  Mark Maher, former Board President and 18-year board member was saluted, as well as Don Walker, Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Bricklayers after a distinguished 45-year career.  For more pictures of the event, 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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