- Applicant must be a minimum of 17 years of age.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apprentice candidates will be required to pass a physical exam and drug screen at a clinic to be designated by the Apprenticeship Program.
- 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.
JOB OPENING: CISCO’s Education-to-Careers Director – Resumes Required by March 22, 2021
CISCO’s Annual Report Hits the Streets – Take a Look!
The theme for CISCO’s 2020 Annual Report is “Build Back Better”. The report highlights how the industry, through collaboration, came together in genuine labor-management fashion to continue our success in adapting to change. To view the report, click here.
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.
Plumbers Local 130
Plumbers’ JAC Local 130, UA will be accepting applications for admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program starting on January 24, 2021 through March 6, 2021 OR the first 2.000 submissions, whichever comes first ONLINE at apply.jac130.org
REGISTRATION FEE: $30.00 NON-REFUNDABLE
REQUIREMENTS: You must have the following items in order to successfully submit your online application:
LOCAL 130’S APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM IS MANDATED BY FEDERAL LAW; CANNABIS IS AN ILLEGAL DRUG UNDER FEDERAL LAW. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Applicants submitting the complete application and required documents will receive an e-mail providing all the information where and when to appear for the aptitude test. Drug screen, physical, and physical agility test information will be provided if and when invited to a pre-orientation meeting.
Sheet Metal Workers/SMART Local 265
Qualifications for all new apprentice applicants are as follows:
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.
|New Apprenticeship Guide Available
CISCO has received a new batch of updated Apprenticeship Guides. This 90-page booklet is loaded with information about each of the building trades apprentice programs, including requirements to apply. To view and download the Guide, go to www.cisco.org/apprenticeship/
Sprinkler Fitters Local 281 Completes Our Lady of Angels Installation
The $400,000 project was overseen by Local 281. Business Manager Tom Collins said he was in disbelief when he learned the building only had fire sprinklers in the basement.
“We are extremely proud and happy that we were able in some small way to assist Our Lady of Angels’ mission and the last memory of those who perished on that fateful day,” he said.
Contractors Step Up For CISCO Community Partner
One of CISCO’s Community Partners – Gateway to Learning (GTL) – a Chicago-based special education and training center, needed a new drinking fountain that was more COVID-19 friendly.
When PCAGC Executive Director S.J. Peters learned of the need, the CISCO Board VP contacted one of his own board members – John Baethke, Director of John Baethke & Son Plumbing in Chicago to install the drinking fountain.
Next up, Powering Chicago and the IBEW volunteered to assist Gateway to Learning by hard wiring their building for proper connectivity after hearing the WiFi infrastructure needed an upgrade and the students were in danger of the upcoming school year being compromised.
“Gateway needed to have hardwire ethernet connectivity throughout their facility. When we were first confronted with the ask, Jamerson and Bauwens Electric — one of our Powering Chicago partners — was eager to be put to the task to provide them with their service,” said Powering Chicago Director Elbert Walters III.
But the giving didn’t stop there!
Gateway to Learning’s Executive Director sent this thank you to CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen:
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.
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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources
Please use the resources below for the latest information and guidance on COVID-19:
For our members and friends in the six-county area that we serve, here are links to each county’s Health Department websites: