CISCO Begins Accepting Applications for Annual Project of the Year Recognition Program

CISCO’S Project of the Year Award is kicking off its 17th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months. (May 2020 – December 2021)

The award gives general contractors, owners, engineers and architects a chance to submit projects in six different categories that include the areas of new construction, renovation/rehabilitation, residential construction and infrastructure.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. For more information, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org.

To download and print the application, click here.

CISCO Golf Outing Enjoys Another Successful Day Of Fun and Charity Benefits

Ideal weather and a fun, full house of golfers got to relax on a Monday to start off the week right. 
See photos below.  For more pictures, click here.
Many thanks to the following for sponsoring the outing!
Lunch Sponsors:
DuPage County Building Trades
IBEW Local 701
Laborers’ District Council
Laborers’ Local 68
Megent Financial
Powering Chicago
Sprinkler Fitters Local 281
Beverage Sponsors:
Amalgamated Bank of Chicago
Chicagland AGC
IBEW Local 9
Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11
Underground Contractors Association
Halfway House Sponsors:
Chicago & Cook County Building Trades
Residential Construction Employers Cncl
UllicoHole Sponsors
•BAC ADC Local 1
•Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
•Boilermakers Local 1
•CED Inc.
•Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative
•Chicagoland Regional Council of Carpenters
•Concrete Contractors Association
•Construction Safety Council
•Delta Dental
•Eye Boutique
•FCA of Illinois
•Fox Valley Bldg. Trades Council
•Heat & Frost Local 17
•Hunt Insurance Group
•IBEW Local 9
•Italian American Labor Council
•Lake County Building & Construction Trades Council
•PCA Midwest
•Plumbers Local 130
•PowerForward DuPage
•Powering Chicago
•ScreenSafe, Inc.
•Vogelzang Law
Prize/Gift Donors
•Eye Boutique
•Megent Financial
•PCA Midwest
•Sommers & Fahrenbach
•Vogelzang Law

CISCO/St. Paul Construction Expo Shines a Light on Career Opportunities

The 7th Annual Construction Expo once again lived up to its tradition of several building trades and contractors providing both information and hands-on demonstrations to make men and women aware of the opportunities of a career in the building trades.

As Guest Speaker U.S. Congressman Danny Davis (pictured at right) described in a poem, St. Paul, CISCO, and other groups that focus on promoting union apprenticeship programs to young adults are not the “wreckers of buildings and communities, but rather the builders of communities.”

Davis, CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen and Keynote Speaker Tim Drea, (pictured below) President of the Illinois AFL-CIO all spoke about the efforts that have been ongoing for decades to bring about a diverse union workforce that not only can transform neighborhoods, but can transform the lives of the individuals who pursue careers in the union construction industry.

To view more photos, click here.

CISCO Annual Luncheon A Smash Hit

CISCO’s first post-pandemic event was an enormous success as 450 guests came to the IBEW 134 Hall in Chicago to hear U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and saw CISCO present its 2021 Scholarship Awards, as well as the 2020 Pride in Construction Awards.

Below are just a sample of the many photographs that were taken during the event and capture the spirit of the day.  


To view more photos, click here.

“Construction Talks” Highlights Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program

“Construction Talks” headed to the Training Center of the General Laborers’ District Council (LDC) of Chicago and Vicinity in Chicago recently as the 8th episode in the series drew more than 50 on-line participants.

The webinar series is co-coordinated by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and CISCO in their effort to attract young men and women into the trades via a virtual tour and interviews with current apprentices and apprenticeship coordinators and instructors.

To view the entire video click here.  To view other trade videos click here.

Scholarship Winners For 2021 Announced

The winners of CISCO’s 2021 Scholarship Program were recently chosen via independent evaluation, and the students will be formally recognized and honored during CISCO’s Annual Luncheon, which has been tentatively scheduled for July.

An independent review of all the entries was conducted and the winners were certified and contacted. Eligible students were the sons and daughters of either building trade union members or union contractor employees. A total of seven (7) winners were chosen:
Four-year scholarship winners:
1) Bianca Arriaga – Latin School of Chicago; Parent – Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11.
2) Braiya Nolan – Williams Bay HS; Parent – Carpenters Local 1027.
3) Olivia Gardner – Plainfield North HS; Parent – Gibson Electric/Electrical Contractors’ Association of Chicago.
Two-year scholarship winners:
4) Kyle Strite – Oregon HS; Parent – Local Union 792/Concrete Systems, Inc.
5) Isabelle Schroedle – Joliet Catholic Academy; Parent – Carpenters Local 10.
Continuing Education scholarships:
6) Michael Chiaramonte – Elmhurst University; Affiliation – McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.
7) Michael Repel – City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy King College; Affiliation – LiUNA – Laborers Local 1092.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources

Please use the resources below for the latest information and guidance on COVID-19:

State of Illinois ​Coronavirus (COVID-19) ​​Response Website

Illinois Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization Latest Updates

United States COVID-19 Interactive Maps

OSHA: COVID-19 Pandemic & Recordkeeping

OSHA Clarifies Coronavirus Reporting Requirements for Employers

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 Newsroom

For our members and friends in the six-county area that we serve, here are links to each county’s Health Department websites:

Cook Coronavirus Information

DuPage Coronavirus Information

Kane Coronavirus Information

Kendall Coronavirus Information

Lake Coronavirus Information

McHenry Coronavirus Information



























































CISCO Announces Scholarship Program Underway for 2022 Awards

CISCO has begun to accept applications for its long-standing Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Applications for for this program are available by clicking on one of the three types of scholarship awards below. 

The three scholarship program categories are: 1) Four-year college scholarships for high school seniors; 2) Two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and 3) Two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

For more information or questions, call CISCO at (630) 472-9411.


At Last: Groundbreaking Occurs for Obama Presidential Center

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were on hand to ceremoniously break ground on the Obama Presidential Center.  The couple were joined by Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the one-hour ceremony.

CISCO has been working with the Obama Foundation since 2016, when the project was touted to be built in Jackson Park, to encourage a diverse construction pipeline prior to and beyond the presidential center.

“CISCO was perfectly positioned to join the Foundation’s team as our rich history of working with south- and west-side schools, churches and other organizations, is well documented,” said Executive Director Dan Allen.

IBEW Local 701 Cuts The Ribbon on New Wellness Center

IBEW Local 701 in Warrenville opened the second Wellness Center in the Chicago area yesterday.

Formed by a unified group of local trade unions partnering together with Cerner Health to provide better health services for our membership, the Union Wellness Centers (UWC) are exclusive to the members and the families of SMART Local 265, Plumbers Local 130, Iron Workers Local 63, Riggers Local 136, Cement Masons Local 502 and Electricians Locals 701 and 176.

The Wellness Center was the idea of Plumbers Local 130 with the initial Center opening in Lemont two years ago. Five more centers are scheduled to open in the weeks and months ahead.

Frank Furco, 701 Business Manager/Financial Secretary, opened the festivities by thanking Jim Coyne. “He cut the trail and the rest of us jumped on and we appreciate his foresight.”

Coyne added, “This was a true team effort. We’ve checked our egos at the door for the betterment of the people who elected us to be their leaders.”

The Centers will offer members services such as preventive care, chronic condition management, physical therapy, virtual care services, health education, and risk awareness.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Sprinkler Fitters Local 281

The Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee will be accepting applications for admissions to the Sprinkler Fitters Apprentice Program. Sprinkler Fitters are skilled craftsmen and pipe fitting specialist in the fire protection field. 

***Only 500 Applicants will be taken***

Qualifications for an Application

• You must apply in person.
• Must provide a COPY of the following documents. We will not make any copies for Applicants.
• No one will receive an application without these items: 

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Your original High School Diploma or G.E.D. 
  3. Official transcripts for High School and any Post-High School education
  4. A valid Driver’s License or State Issued I.D., or U.S. Passport when coming to fill out the application.
  5. Copy of DD-214 form if applicable *Upon acceptance into program your Social Security Card will be required• Must be 18 years of age at time of registration and apply in person.
    An applicant who is seventeen (17) years of age at the time of application who otherwise meets all qualifications may be rated and ranked and placed in the Poll of Eligible List. Such an applicant must provide proof that a graduation certificate or GED has been awarded and must be eighteen (18) years of age, prior to being indentured by the JATC.• Applicants will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program.• Applicants will be required to successfully pass a drug screening test as a condition of employment. This will consist of a hair follicle and a urine sample. Marijuana is included in the list of prohibited substances.Registration Fee• Applicants must provide a $25.00 non- refundable application fee. Certified check or money order only, made out to Local 281, J.A.T.C.Date/Time – 2021
    Date and Times: *November 9th, through November 22nd – or until we reach 500 applications. 
    8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Operating Engineers Local 150
    6200 Joliet Rd
    Countryside, IL 60525
    *We will stop taking applications when we receive 500. Please check our website for Application Updates.THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE QUALIFICATIONS.COPIES OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION.

    “The JATC will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older.  The JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30.” 

Iron Workers Local 63

Individuals interested in becoming a Building Apprentice must go to our website for all information & the application link.  Click here.

Building Apprentice applications will be open year-round and accepted/processed for the selection process as needed throughout the year.

Minimum Qualifications:

-Must complete application online
-Must be able to Read, Write, & Speak English Language
-Must have a high school diploma or GED Equivalent
-Must be able to pass an aptitude test (WorkKeys® Assessments for: Applied Math, Workplace Documents and Graphic Literacy)
-Must pass a drug test
-Must pass physical
-Must pass an HPE/ Agility Test
-Must have a valid drivers license

At Time of Hire

-Have a valid Driver’s license
-Have a reliable form of transportation
-Pass a drug test

Equal Employment Opportunity Pledge
The Joint Apprenticeship Committee and the Architectural Metal Training School for Local 63 will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. Architectural Metal Training School for Local 63 will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.
For more information see: iwlocal63.com
EOE/Equal Opportunity Employer

Pipefitters Local 597

Applications are available by registering for an application session.

Registration will open on the FIRST Wednesday of the month.

Applications will be administered on the SECOND Wednesday of the month at:

Pipe Fitters’ Training Center Local Union 597, 10850 W. 187th St. Mokena IL. 60448 (North Side Entrance)

Requirements: An Applicant will be issued an application upon arrival at the Training Center by fulfilling these requirements:

  1. Complete the online reservation form for an application date and time. Link below.
  2. $20.00 non-refundable application fee. (HVAC or Building Trades) (Cash or Money Order only, NO personal checks)
  3. Copy of birth certificate.
  4. Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate.
  5. A High school senior may apply with a letter from the school stating they are on track to graduate.
  6. Valid driver’s license for the state in which you reside.

Pipe Fitters’ Local Union 597 utilizes a third-party testing company to perform aptitude testing.
The company provides a study guide for a fee of $15.00.  An applicant may purchase this at the Training Center at the time of application or send in a purchase order form to the testing company which is provided with the application.

An applicant is required to complete the application on site.

Registration Link – https://www.pftf597.org/application-reservation/                                

IBEW Local 134

IBEW Local 134 and the Electrical Contractors’ Association sponsor apprenticeship programs in Cook County, Illinois through the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT). EJATT has permission from the U.S. Department of Labor to open a registration for new applicants for its Electrical Program.  For more information on this program, please go to our website at www.ejatt.com.


Registration for the Electrical Program will take place at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute 6201 W. 115th Street, Alsip, Illinois EVERY WEDNESDAY 9:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.  YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR A FUTURE TEST DAY.

All applicants must report in person and bring the following documents in order to register:

  1. Your valid Driver’s License.
  2. Your original Social Security Card.

You must provide copies of the following documents that will be kept by EJATT (No documents will be copied in our office or returned to you):

  1. A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee (Money Order only made payable to EJATT).
  2. To prove employment eligibility you must provide a copy of your U.S. Birth Certificate, U.S. Passport, Certificate of U.S. Citizenship or Naturalization, or Permanent Resident Alien Card. (Minimum age of 17 at registration).
  3. To prove High School Graduation (HS), you must provide a copy of your HS transcript (official or unofficial with a graduation date posted), or a copy of a HS Diploma, or GED Certificate. College transcripts do not satisfy this requirement.  HS seniors in their last semester prior to graduation may register with acceptance contingent upon graduation. 
  4. To prove one full year of HS level Algebra with a grade of at least “C” or better, or one post HS level Algebra course or higher level course with a grade of at least “C” or better, you must provide a copy of a transcript. Note: The GED Math Certification does not satisfy this requirement.

Upon an offer of apprenticeship, you must be able to demonstrate that you can perform the essential functions of an apprentice electrician with or without a reasonable accommodation.  In addition, a drug screen, physical exam, and background check will be required.

EJATT will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. The EJATT will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30.

Operating Engineers Local 150

The Apprenticeship Office for Local 150 Operating Engineers is extending the availability of applications for Heavy Equipment Operators to end of October.

Applications will be available at the following times and locations:

  1. For Heavy Equipment Operators:
    William E Dugan Training Center 19800 W. South Arsenal Road, Wilmington, Illinois Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00A.M. to 12:00 P.M.  
    Countryside District Hall 6200 Joliet Road, Countryside, Illinois OCTOBER 27 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  
    Joliet District Hall 1050 N. I-55 E. Frontage Road, Joliet, Illinois OCTOBER 20 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  
    Lakemoor District Hall 28874 Route 120, Lakemoor, Illinois OCTOBER 19 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  
    Rockford District Hall 4477 Linden Road, Rockford, Illinois OCTOBER 12 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  
    Utica District Hall 740 E. Route 6, Utica, Illinois OCTOBER 26 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  
    Lakeville District Hall 1001 N. Michigan Street, Lakeville, Indiana OCTOBER 21 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  
    Merrillville District Hall 2193 W. 84th Place, Merrillville, Indiana OCTOBER 28 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  
    Rock Island District Hall 3511 78th Avenue West, Rock Island, Illinois OCTOBER 14 – 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M  

    A $25 application fee per program will be required at the time of request in the form of a money order only, made payable to “Local 150 Apprenticeship Fund”.  Please note: All applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. The address on your driver’s license MUST MATCH the address on your application.

Selected applicants will be screened for substance abuse before acceptance.

Minimum Qualifications for the program are as follows:

  1. At least 18 years of age
  2. Must have graduated high school or obtained a GED. Applicant will provide high school transcript for evaluation purposes.
  3. Be a resident of the jurisdictional area of Local 150.
  4. A valid driver’s license and the maintenance of such are required at the time of selection and throughout apprenticeship.
  5. A statement from a licensed physician stating physical ability to perform the work of the trades will be required 30 days after being accepted into the program.
  6. Must be able to read, write and speak the English language.

Completed applications and all the following documents: Educational / Military Transcripts, Reference Letters, Birth Certificate, Proof of Previous Employment, and Prior Experience Questionnaire must be postmarked or returned to the Training Center: 19800 W. South Arsenal Rd., Wilmington, IL 60481 no later than October 30, 2021.

Please note: The training site hours of operation will vary due to the holidays.

If you have any other questions, please contact us at 815-722-3201 or visit our website at www.asiplocal150.org

Operating Engineers Local #150 Apprenticeship Fund will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40-years old or older.

Operating Engineers Local #150 Apprenticeship Fund will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 30.

Electricians – IBEW Local 461
Applications will be taken during the months of August and September 2021 on WEDNESDAYS ONLY from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at IBEW Local Union 461, Apprenticeship Office, 591 Sullivan Road, Suite 200, Aurora, IL 60506.

Basic Requirements:

  1. You must be a minimum of 17 years of age at the time of application and must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of selection and indenture.
  2. All applications must be completed in the Local Union Office and must not be taken out of the building.
  3. You must be a high school graduate or have a GED (copy of GED certificate) or have a two-year associate’s degree or higher.  Proof of one year of high school Algebra I with a C or better grade or post high school Algebra I equivalent.  A high school transcript is required and must be in a sealed envelope from the school.  Transcripts from post high school education and training may be submitted in a sealed envelope from th school.
  4. You must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  5. You must be a resident of Local 461’s jurisdiction which includes the southern half of Kane County, all of Kendall County, plus Sandwich (including township) in DeKalb County at the time of application.
  6. Agree to sign a statement that he/she is physically able to perform electrical construction work.  Accepted applicants must provide a physical exam before starting the program.
  7. Accepted applicants will be required to appear, at a time and place specified by the NECA/IBEW Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee, for a drug/acohol test.
  8. You must provide a birth certificate or any other acceptable form of documentation that proves minimum age requirements.

Selections of apprentices under this program shall be made on the basis of qualifications alone.  For more information, call (630) 897-0461.

Sheet Metal Workers/SMART Local 265
Due to the pandemic, applications for an apprenticeship will be taken by appointment only.  Please call the education office, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to schedule an appointment at 630-668-0110, ext. 29.

Qualifications for all new apprentice applicants are as follows:

  1. Applicant must be a minimum of 17 years of age.
  2. All applicants must submit the following information: a) Completed application, b) Birth certificate, c) High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate, d) Valid Illinois driver’s license, e) Military Discharge papers (if applicable.
  3. All apprentice candidates must pass an aptitude exam (given and administered in English on an assigned date) appropriate to the Sheet Metal or Service industry.
  4. Applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to provide their own transportation, and must be insurable to drive a company vehicle in order to work.
  5. All applicants must be available to work within the territorial jurisdiction of Local #265, which is: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston and Will Counties.
  6. Apprentice candidates will be required to pass a physical exam and drug screen at a clinic to be designated by the Apprenticeship Program.
  7. There will be a $25 fee payable by check, cash or money order ONLY to Sheet Metal Workers Local 265 Education Fund, brought in with you at the time of application.

Note: If all required documents are not provided at the time the application is submitted, the application will NOT be accepted.  The acceptance will start promptly at 8:00 am and end at 11:00 am sharp.

For more information, contact 630-668-0110 and ask for the Education Department.










































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