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  • APPRENTICESHIP | OPCMIA Local 18 | Cement Masons & Plasterers | IL, MO, IA

    About How To Apply Class Schedule Photos & News Apprenticeship About Local 18 Apprenticeships > The Cement Mason and Plasterer trades provide many opportunities for advancement and with the proper effort on the part of the Apprentice, they can be the most rewarding careers. These are both time-honored professions and on top of that ESSENTIAL! Many challenges lie ahead of you both on the jobsite and in your related instruction classes. The pride and excitement you will experience, and the tangible rewards you will reap will greatly outweigh the difficulties inherent in meeting those challenges. What does a Cement Mason do? Cement masons pour concrete for a wide variety of construction projects including buildings, bridges, roads, pools and residential. You will have the opportunity to provide artistic finishes such as colors, stains, texture stamping and polishing to projects while using a wide variety of tools and machinery. What does a Plasterer do? A Plasterer Hand applies plaster with a trowel to interior and exterior ceiling and wall surfaces. Using their own hands, Plasterers can create anything they can visualize! About the Cement Mason Apprenticeship It is a three year program You EARN AS YOU LEARN with on the job training You attend 144 hours of classroom training annually You start earning over $17.00 an hour About the Plasterer Apprenticeship It is a four year program You EARN AS YOU LEARN with on the job training You attend 144 hours of classroom training annually HOW TO APPLY FOR APPRENTICESHIP > You can apply in person at any of our 4 offices on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) 7:00 am - 9:00 am. See our office locations here. ​ TO APPLY BRING: 1. Copy of ORIGINAL Certificate of Birth. Must be 18 years of age or older. 2. High School Diploma or GED certificate. 3. Photo I.D. 4. If applicable a copy of DD214 for proof of military service 5. A $20.00 application fee is required to cover cost of application. CASH ONLY ​ The Local 18 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund (JATF) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on this basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies or other school administered programs. There is no test or ranking for this program. We are "Intent to Hire". Once the applicant has met the requirements above, the applicant will be given a list of signatory contractors for the area in which they live along with a letter of introduction. The applicant at that time may visit the contractors listed to solicit their first job. When a contractor agrees to take the applicant as an apprentice a letter on company letterhead must be sent to the Local 18 JATF office stating such. When letter is received applicant will be instructed to take a drug screening paid for by Local 18 JATF. If drug screen is negative the applicant will then be registered as a Cement Mason Apprentice with Local 18 JATF and USDOL. The local 18 JATF apprenticeship program is three years in duration. The apprentice will start at the first year level and must complete a minimum 144 classroom hours annually and additionally work a minimum of 1200 hours in the field annually to be promoted to next level. APPRENTICESHIP CLASS SCHEDULE > Below you can find the most up to date information on our apprenticeship classes as well as the schedule. Click the box to expand for more details. ​ OPCMIA LOCAL 18 Jan 1, 2020 2022 Class Schedule The following is the class schedule for the Local 18 Cement Mason Apprenticeship. I hope this is self-explanatory, but if you have any... If you live 90 miles or more away from the training center you will be provided with hotel room if you choose to stay. If you owe a fine bring the payment with you or you will not be allowed in class. PHOTOS & NEWS Oct 21, 2021 1 min Local 18 Apprenticeship program The Apprenticeship program includes Hands on training. 127 views 2 likes. Post not marked as liked 2 Oct 20, 2021 1 min Apprentice and their Mentors We would like to thank all of the mentors who took the time to help teach our apprentices skills and knowledge in our trade to secure the... 61 views 1 like. Post not marked as liked 1 Oct 20, 2021 1 min 2020 Apprenticeship Graduation We had a great time at the graduation dinner. 58 views 3 likes. Post not marked as liked 3 SEE MORE

  • JOIN | OPCMIA Local 18 | Cement Masons & Plasterers | Illinois, Missouri, Iowa

    Why Join? Benefits How to Join Join Local 18 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? > BENEFITS > Training 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. ​ ​ Earn More 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. ​ ​ Medical Insurance 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. ​ ​ Pride 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. ​ ​ Retirement 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”? ​ ​ EXTRA BENEFITS 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.

  • ABOUT | OPCMIA Local 18 | Cement Masons & Plasterers | Illinois, Missouri, Iowa

    History Executive Board Staff Latest News About Local 18 OUR HISTORY > The Local 18 is part of The Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA). The OPCMIA is a labor union that represents plasterers and cement masons in the construction industry in North America. ​ As the oldest Building and Construction Trades Union in the United States, the organization traces its roots back to 1864, during the American Civil War, when an organization known variously as the National Plasterer’s Union or the National Plasterers Organization began to unify the various local craft unions that represented workers in the trade. ​ The new union endorsed the Eight hour day movement while pledging to avoid “unnecessary strikes” and instituted apprentice training and regulations. The union amended its constitution in 1887 to include Canadian workers. Reflecting the fact that its members did more than finish cement, the union changed its name in 1951 to the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association. Today, the OPCMIA continues to live by the principles upon which it was founded and which will continue to be its strength in the future. As it has been for over a century, the OPCMIA continues to be proud, strong and united. Download A More Complete History More Historical Photos & Info EXECUTIVE BOARD > Business Agent / President Area 152 Bloomington & Decatur Scott Nimmo 901 E. Grove, Suite N Bloomington, IL 61701 O: 309-828-3279 F: 309-829-5626 C: 309-208-1460 EMail: CementMasons18@frontier.com Business Agent / Vice President Areas 12 & 206 Bill Stieglitz 400 NE Jefferson, Suite 300 Peoria, IL 61603 O: 309-497-2870 F: 309-497-2873 C: 309-208-1129 EMail: BStieglitzlocal18@yahoo.com Business Manager / Financial Sec. Area 539 Mark Winkler 40 Adloff Lane, Suite 6 A Springfield, IL 62703 O: 217-585-4221 F: 217-585-4222 C: 309-208-1459 EMail: MWinklerLocal18@yahoo.com Business Agent Area 544 Montie Schell 101 31th Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201 O: 309-586-2527 F: 309-786-2559 C: 309-738-0383 EMail: MSchell@mediacombb.net Business Agent / Recording Sec. Areas 12, 26, 59, 152 Plasterers Curtis Harn 400 NE Jefferson, Suite 300 Peoria, IL 61603 O: 309-497-2870 F: 309-497-2873 C: 309-409-5012 EMail: CHarnlocal18@yahoo.com Sergeant at Arms Area 12 & 152 Scott Gregory 400 NE Jefferson, Suite 300 Peoria, IL 61603 O: 309-497-2870 F: 309-497-2873 C: 309-363-8849 EMail: SGregoryLocal18@yahoo.com STAFF > Apprentice Coordinator (Plasterers) Area 544 Field Rep Josh Arnold 101 31th Ave. Rock Island, IL 61201 O: 309-586-2527 F: 309-786-2559 C: 309-738-8280 Email: JArnoldLocal18@yahoo.com Apprentice Coordinator All Cement Masons Areas Eric Steele 5601 N. Main St East Peoria, IL 61611 O: 309-966-2475 F: 309-966-2695 C: 309-542-6017 EMail: ESteeleJATF18@yahoo.com Office Manager Natalie Neal 400 NE Jefferson, Suite 300 Peoria, IL 61603 O: 309-497-2870 F: 309-497-2873 EMail: localunion18@att.net LATEST NEWS Local 18 Members Make Huge Cross for Calvary Church 46 Local 18 Helps w/ Angel of Hope Statue in Washington Park 28 We Stand with the Striking UAW Members at GM 15 SEE MORE

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