Joining OPCMIA Local 18 means you are part of something much bigger. Together, our members fight for the greater good of all and help each other secure a better way of life for each member and their family. The Local 18 belongs to its members and everyone has a say in how our organization operates. The leaders are elected right from within our ranks, so they have a deep understanding about our trade and the issues that matter to us.
As a union member you will have the protection of a union contract with basic rights including:
Improved job conditions.
The right to a fair hearing.
The ability to speak out for yourself and your fellow workers on work-related issues.
We collectively bargain our own contracts. Our representatives are committed to negotiating better wages, benefits and conditions for their members. Through bargaining, we negotiate benefits such as:
Health and welfare to protect you and your family when you’re sick or injured.
Dental and vision care benefits.
Pension benefits to help you live the quality of life you deserve upon retirement.
Normal working hours, shift work, travel pay and overtime, etc.
We bargain for safer job conditions and enhanced health and safety programs that can help you prevent on-the-job injuries and better equip you for today’s market.
WHY JOIN? >
Union members don’t earn the good money and all these benefits just because we are members of a union. We recognize that if we want the best we must be the best. The OPCMIA offers training for every level. Job Corps training is available to those with no experience and needing a helping hand up before beginning a formal apprenticeship. Apprenticeship programs combine classroom and earn as you learn hands-on training covering every aspect of our trades. And journeyman upgrading programs keep our members safe and sharp with the latest developments in the industry.
It is a proven fact that members of a trade union make more money over a life time than their counter-parts who are not in a union. The ability to bargain with management as a group allows our union to negotiate better wages important fringe benefits like retirement plans and medical insurance for your family.
How much does it cost for an emergency room visit? How about having a baby? Or God forbid, fighting cancer? No matter how much you earn, no one short of Donald Trump can afford to pay for their own healthcare. Union members have group health insurance plans that provide protection for you and your family when you need it most.
Union plasterers and cement masons are an important part of the construction industry. Through this fraternal organization, we insure that every member gets the best deal possible for their labor and we can collectively offer management a well trained workforce. We bring VALUE to the jobsite.
Construction is physically demanding work. Union members have money set aside for them into a pension plan for every hour they work. Do you really want to work all your life and end up relying on social security to see you through your “golden years”?
HOW TO JOIN >
Thank you for your interest in joining the Local 18! Simply fill out the form below and one of our representatives will be in touch.