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CISCO Announces Scholarship Program Underway for 2021 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.

 

IDOL Reminder To Contractors: Begin Filing Certified Payroll After Sept. 1st

The Illinois Department of Labor is reminding contractors who perform construction work on public works projects in Illinois that they must begin filing their certified payroll with the department after September 1st.  Public works projects include any construction work funded in whole, or in part, by state or local public tax dollars.

In 2018, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to make changes to the certified payroll portion of the Prevailing Wage Act.  When Governor Pritzker took office in 2019, SB 203 was signed into law (PA 100-1177).  Prior to the law, certified payrolls were submitted to the local or state public body funding the project.  Under the new law, the Illinois Department of Labor is charged with developing and maintaining an online portal where all prevailing wage construction contractors file their certified payrolls with the department, otherwise known as Certified Transcript of Payroll portal. 

The Illinois Department of Labor recognizes that there have been bumps in the road in implementing the new law.  That being said, IDOL staff has worked nights and weekends to streamline the portal for contractors.  In addition, the Department has held multiple trainings on this new law, and has and will continue to answer all questions. 

In summary, after 12am on September 1st, all certified payrolls for work performed on current or new public works projects must be filed with the Illinois Department of Labor.  You may find PA 100-1177 here:  https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/100/PDF/100-1177.pdf

St. Paul Church’s FREE COVID Testing Event Provides 369 Tests

 

 

 

 

 

Exactly 369 residents of Chicago received FREE COVID-19 tests on Monday, August 17th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Participants had the option of either walking up or driving up to go through the 5-minute test procedure. 

Webinar Addresses Skilled Labor Shortage And Rising Construction Costs

A recent webinar presented by BISNOW Chicago and PowerForward DuPage with nearly 250 registered participants focused on a perceived labor shortage and the concern of rising construction costs. 

The webinar, titled, “Chicago Deep Dish: The Construction Labor Shortage – What Can Be Done About Skilled Labor Shortages and Rising Construction Costs?” was sponsored by  CISCO,PowerForward DuPage, Powering Chicago and Structures Chicago. 

To access the post-webinar blog, click here.

CISCO CANCELS GOLF OUTING

In case you missed it, CISCO has had to make the tough decision to cancel its very popular golf outing that was scheduled for September 14, 2020.
After 11 straight years of rain-free outings, it took a pandemic to end that great run. CISCO will take a mulligan, and the outing will be back with gusto next year with the same fun, raffle prizes, tasty BBQ luncheon and hopefully great weather.

 

Lyons & Pinner Electric’s Videos Promote Local 9 Training Facility And Neighborhood Good Deeds

Lyons & Pinner Electric Company, Inc.in LaGrange, Illinois has recently produced two videos to promote the Local 9 Training Center in University Park, as well as a recent project to help repair homes in low-income areas in Bellwood.

The first video contains an interview with one of the Lyons & Pinner employees who is installing 5G cell phone infrastructure and who received his training from the Local 9 training facility in University Park.

The second video describes the company’s recent initiative in conjunction with Local 134 and NECA Chicago to give back to the community by repairing homes in Bellwood.

Blue Angels Pay Tribute to Essential Workers

This phenomenal photo was taken by Joe Glynn at the Local 134 Hall. The Blue Angels not only thanking frontline workers but ESSENTIAL WORKERS. That means ALL of our union building trades men and women, as well as our union contractors.  Stay safe everyone.

Construction Deemed An Essential Service During “Shelter in Place” Order

As you know by now, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide “Shelter in Place” order starting TODAY (3-21-20) at 5:00 p.m. through April 7th. The shelter in place directive allows workers who provide “essential services” to provide those services. The Executive Order can be read in its entirety by clicking here. “Essential Infrastructure” services are outlined in Section 9 on page 4, and Section 12 (h), which is provided in paragraph 3 below.

Pursuant to the order, construction is deemed an essential infrastructure exception. Construction projects may continue as long as management and workers comply with social distancing requirements, which include maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands. Many construction projects have implemented more stringent infection control measures, and if so, those should continue as well.

Section 12 (h) of the Governor’s Executive Order states the following: “Building and Construction Tradesmen and Tradeswomen, and other trades including but not limited to plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Business and Operations;”

A heartfelt thank you to all our tradespeople, contractors and sub-contractors for their tremendous dedication and service in keeping our nation moving forward in these unprecedented and challenging times.

CISCO’s Annual Luncheon – POSTPONED – Rescheduled Date Pending

Due to the Coronavirus and newly issued statewide and City of Chicago guidelines announced by both Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CISCO’s Annual Luncheon, which was set for April 24th; will be postponed.  A new date for the event has not been set, but CISCO will make that announcement based on state and City guidelines and CDC recommendations.

The state of Illinois and City of Chicago issued the following statewide guidance:

COMMUNITY EVENTS

  • Mandating all large-scale events exceeding 1,000 individuals be canceled for the next 30 days.
  • Encouraging that community events of 250 people or more should be canceled or postponed until May 1. This includes personal and social events. Residents should use good judgment about canceling events in their own communities.
  • For events less than 250 people, residents should closely consider who is likely to attend the event and, if it includes vulnerable populations, strongly consider canceling.
  • All major sporting events with large spectator crowds should be canceled until May 1. This should include school and college events as well as major league sporting events. The governor has spoken with the owners of all the major sports teams in Illinois and they are in full support of these measures to protect the health of their fans and will cancel all games until May 1.

Those who have registered, bought tickets or purchased a sponsorship will maintain their status for the rescheduled event.  The luncheon, planned to feature Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, will be held at the same venue – IBEW Local #134 Hall, 2722 S. Martin Luther King Drive in Chicago.  CISCO will provide updates as details emerge.  For more information, contact CISCO at (630) 472-9411.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  Project of the Year Award Program Off and Running – Deadline: Dec. 4, 2020
CISCO’S Project of the Year Award is kicking off its 16th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months. (June 2019 – December 2020).

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. 4, 2020. To download the application form, click here.  For more information, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org.

PCA of Greater Chicago and Plumbing Contractor Assist CISCO Partner
When PCAGC Executive Director S.J. Peters learned that one of CISCO’s community partners – Gateway to Learning – needed help with a water fountain installation, Peters, CISCO’s Board Vice President, sprang into action.Peters contacted one of his own board members – John Baethke, Director of John Baethke & Son Plumbing in Chicago to install a drinking fountain that was more COVID-19 friendly – a fountain with a bottle filler accessory. Gateway to Learning (GTL) is a Chicago-based special education and training center that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilities, in order for them to reach their full potential.  So Baethke & Son Plumbing lent a helping hand to the organization and installed the specific water fountain at the GTL facility.“It was not just a water fountain,” said John Ratzenberger, Director of Advancement at Gateway to Learning. “It provides a safer method of obtaining drinking water.”

“With COVID-19, we couldn’t use a standard water fountain and we needed to purchase a fountain with the bottle-filler style and install it at a height that made it wheelchair accessible.”

Apprenticeship Opportunities

IBEW Local 134 – Communication Apprenticeship Registration Information

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 US Department of Labor to open a registration for new applicants for its Communication Program.

Registration for the Communications Program will take place at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute, 6201 W. 115th Street, Alsip, Illinois on the following dates and times: Monday, September 21, 2020 through Friday, October 2, 2020 – 9:00 -11:00 a.m.

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 US Birth Certificate, US Passport, Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization, or Permanent Resident Alien Card (minimum age of 17 at registration).
  3. To prove High School Graduation, you must provide a copy of your HS transcript stating graduation date (official or unofficial), or a copy of a HS diploma, or GED Certificate.  College transcripts do not satisfy this requirement.  Current HS seniors may register with acceptance contingent upon graduation.
  4. To prove one full year of HS level Algebra with a grade of at least a “C” or better, or one post HS level Algebra course or higher level course with a grade of at least a “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 accomodation.  In addition, a drug screen, physical exam, and background check will be required.

EJATT will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants 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.

IBEW Local 461 – Apprentice Application Notice

APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2020 ON WEDNESDAYS ONLY FROM 8:00 AM UNTIL 4:00 PM AT IBEW LOCAL UNION 461, APPRENTICESHIP OFFICE 591 SULLIVAN ROAD, SUITE 200, AURORA, IL 60506Basic Requirements: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.  All applications must be completed in the Local Union Office and must not be taken out of the You must be a High School graduate or have a G.D. (copy of G.E.D. certificate required) or have a two-year Associate 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 the school.You must possess and maintain a valid driver’sMust 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 ofAgree 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.Accepted applicants will be required to appear, at a time and place specified by the NECA/IBEW Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee, for a drug/alcoholMust provide a birth certificate or any other acceptable form of documentation that proves minimum age requirements.

Aptitude Test

Upon receipt of the above information, the applicant may be scheduled to take an aptitude test. A successful test score of (3) three or better is required. Those who meet the minimum requirements on the documents submitted above and have taken the aptitude test and received a score of (3) three or better, will be scheduled for an interview by the Apprenticeship Committee .

Selections of apprentices under this program shall be made on the basis of qualifications alone. NECA-IBEW Local Union #461 J.A.T.C. 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.

NECA-IBEW Local Union #461 J.A.T.C. 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.

LOCAL 461 APPRENTICE APPLICANT INSTRUCTION SHEET

 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
  2. All applications must be completed in the Local Union Office and must not be taken out of the
  3. Must be a high school graduate or have a G.E.D. (copy of G.D. certificate is required) or have a two-year Associate Degree or higher. Proof of one year of high school Algebra I with a grade of “C” or better or post high school Algebra I equivalent will be required.
  4. Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s
  5. Must be a resident of Local 461’s jurisdiction at the time of application. Jurisdiction includes the Southern half of Kane County, all of Kendall County, plus Sandwich (including Township) in DeKalb County.
  6. Agree to sign a statement that he/she is physically able to perform electrical construction
  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-screen test.

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF YOUR APPLICATION, OR YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN INTERVIEW.

NO EXCEPTIONS!

  1. A copy of a G.E.D. certificate is required, if applicable .
  2. You must submit an official transcript in English of your high school records, which includes a record of subjects, grades, credits, attendance and tardiness records and the schools grading system. The transcript must show one (1) year of high school Algebra I with a grade of “C” or better. OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT MEANS MAILED DIRECTLY TO US OR IF HAND DELIVERED MUST BE RECEIVED IN SEALED ENVELOPE FROM

THE SCHOOL.

  1. Other educational credits will be considered by the Committee if an official transcript is submitted in English. Official transcript means mailed directly to us or if hand delivered must be received in a sealed envelope from the
  2. DD-214 to verify military training and/or experience if a
  3. Valid Driver’s
  4. Birth Certificate or any other acceptable form of documentation that proves minimum age requirements .

APTITUDE TEST:

Upon receipt of the above information, the applicant may be scheduled to take an aptitude test. A successful test score of (3) three or better is required. Those who meet the minimum requirements on the documents submitted above, and have taken the aptitude test and received a score of (3) three or better, will be scheduled for an interview by the Apprenticeship Committee. Each applicant will be interviewed individually and carefully, with particular attention to his/her background and suitability. Failure to fulfill any one of the above, shall be sufficient cause for rejection by the Committee.

Selection of apprentices under this program shall be made on the basis of qualifications alone. NECA-IBEW Local Union #461 J A.TC. 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. NECA-IBEW Local Union #461 J A.TC. 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.

Return  all documents to:   I.B.E.W. LOCAL 461 J.A.T.C., 591 SULLIVAN ROAD, SUITE 200, AURORA, IL 60506  (630) 897-0461

Workers’ Compensation Emergency Rule Withdrawn

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) voted unanimously today to withdraw the Emergency Rule it passed on April 16, thus reversing the decision that shifted the burden of proof from the employee to the employer, requiring the employer to present evidence that the employee did not contract the corona virus at work.

There were two people who provided public comment – Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea and Mark Denzler, President and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. Drea spoke on behalf of workers who were deemed “essential” by the Governor. He said that the emergency rule would protect essential workers on the frontlines who contracted the virus citing grocery workers, healthcare workers, first-responders and construction workers and others who were risking their lives and the lives of their families by performing their jobs.

Denzler reiterated the commitment that his members and other associations have initiated to prioritize worker safety during the pandemic. He said many precautions to keep workers safe were put in place, however the undo burden and economic hardship the rule would have placed on retailers, manufacturers and contractors caused them to reach out to the IWCC.

It is likely that the Commission will create a task force to work on a new rule and there may be legislation filed in the General Assembly. CISCO will continue to monitor this issue.

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

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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