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.

CISCO Board Announces Selections For Top 2020 Projects

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different construction categories. Among a total of 20 entries, the top choices were:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20 m): Navy Pier Hotel & Rooftop Venue; GC – James McHugh Construction. (Photo below)

New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20 m): City of St. Charles Police Department; GC – Riley Construction. (Photo below)







New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): University of Chicago Medicine River East Ambulatory Care Center; GC – Turner Construction (Photo below)









Infrastructure: CDOT Lake Front Trail Phase 2; GC – Kenny Construction (Photo below)







Rehabilitation: Chicago Riverwalk Esplanade & Marketplace; GC – F. H. Paschen (photo below)








Residential: NEMA Chicago; GC – James McHugh Construction. (Photo below)






The other component of the Pride in Construction Awards is the individual awards.  Those three winners were: 1) Educator of the Year – Jill Nagel, Counselor, at St. Rita High School in Chicago; 2) Public Body of the Year – Cook County Housing Authority; and 3) Labor Advocate of the Year – State Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr.

To view the press release, click here.

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/St. Paul Revive 7th Annual Construction Conference & Expo – Thursday, August 19th

Young adults, men and women, will get a chance to learn first hand what it takes to become a member of the skilled union building trade workforce on Thursday, August 19, from 8:00 – Noon.  See flyer above.  To register, click here.

CISCO’s Annual Golf Outing – SAVE THE DATE – September 13, 2021

Golf is back!  Start planning your foursomes now and consider sponsoring CISCO’s annual shot-gun start style outing and barbecue luncheon set up Monday, September 13, 2021 at Bloomingdale Golf Club.


To download the registration/sponsorship form, click here.  If you have questions or want to register over the phone, call us at 630-472-9411.

Jamillah Muhammad Named As CISCO’s New Director of Education-to-Careers
Welcome to Jamillah Muhammad, CISCO’s new Education-to-Careers Director.
Jamillah comes to CISCO with impressive credentials – a 10- year Journeyman Electrician who is currently an instructor at IBEW NECA Technical Institute in Alsip. As a result, Jamillah possesses working knowledge of apprenticeship programs.“I am excited to begin my journey with CISCO and helping students and adults understand the benefits of a career in the union construction industry,” she said. “I have big shoes to fill as Johnetta Ryan, has built many strong relationships.”Jamillah is active as a mentor with Chicago Women in Trades, a delegate of the Chicago Federation of Labor, and serves as a Board Member of the IBEW/CFL Scholarship Committee.  She is a resident of Chicago, and her email address is jamillah@cisco.org

Apprenticeship Opportunities

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.

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.

The International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #2 – ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTOR

OPENING AND CLOSING: All applications must be completed online by visiting www.neiep.org/careers.aspx and clicking either the link for NY Apprenticeships only or All other Apprenticeship Opportunities. Select the Chicago, IL recruitment.
DATES FOR APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted from 12:00pm September 8th, 2021, and end when the 800th completed application is processed or 12:00pm September 18th, 2021(whichever occurs first)
PROGRAM SPONSOR: International Union of Elevator Constructors,
Local #2 Joint Apprenticeship Committee
WHERE TO APPLY: Online by visiting www.neiep.org/careers.aspx and clicking either the link for NY Apprenticeships only or All other Apprenticeship Opportunities. Select the (city/state) recruitment. If you have any problem with the application process please contact the Local Area Coordinator at: echristensen@neiep.org
AGE: Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age
EDUCATION: Applicants shall be a high school graduate or provide proof of
equivalent educational attainment such as completion of the General Education Development (GED) tests. Each applicant shall submit (upload), with the completed application, a high school transcript, or high school diploma, or an official report of GED test results.
APTITUDE: All applicants shall pass an examination designed to test the applicant’s reading, math skills, and aptitude for employment in the elevator industry.
TOOL ASSESSMENT: Applicants will also take a Tool Assessment designed to assess knowledge of basic tools and their use, as well as basic measuring skills.
PHYSICAL: Be capable of performing the physical requirements of the job
without posing a threat to the health and safety of themselves or others.
OTHER: Upon selection, pass a drug test. (Paid by the employer)
A photo I.D. must be presented during the application process.
FEES: $25.00 Testing Fee Required on TEST DAY (ONLY A MONEY ORDER OR BANK CERTIFIED CHECK WILL BE ACCEPTED, NO CASH, NO PERSONAL CHECKS). Fee waivers may be requested and will be approved upon showing of verifiable proof of financial need.
The Elevator Constructors are an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, age (40 or older), military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, status as an individual with a disability, marital status, arrest record, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

Operating Engineers Local 150

The Apprenticeship Office for Local 150 Operating Engineers is opening applications for the trades of Heavy Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Repair Technician, Geothermal Well Driller Operator, and Construction and Building Inspector.

Applications will be available at the following times and locations:

  1. For Heavy Equipment Repair Tech – Geothermal Well Driller Operator – Construction Build Inspector: July 31st Through August 21st, 2021 @ the Wilmington Training Center ONLY; 12 – 3:00 pm Saturdays (Closed August 28, 2021).
  2. For Heavy Equipment Operators – Heavy Equipment Repair Tech – Geothermal Well Driller Operator – Construction Building Inspector: September 11, 2021 @ 6200 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL & 3511 78th Ave. West, Rock Island, IL 61201 from 9 am – 1:00 pm.; September 18, 2021 @ 2193 W. 84th Place, Merriville, IN 46410 & 4477 Linden Road, Rockford, IL 61109 from 9 am – 1:00 pm.; Sept 1 through Sept. 30, 2021 @ Wilmington Training Center (Closed Sept. 4 – 6, 2021) on Tuesday, Thursdays, Saturdays from 10 am – Noon.
  3. For Heavy Equipment Repair Tech – Geothermal Well Driller Operator – Construction Build Inspector: Beginning October 1, 2021 @ Wilmington Training Center and all Local 150 District Halls (District Halls are closed on Saturdays) from 10 am – noon.

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 Metl 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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