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    • Local 18 Members Make Huge Cross for Calvary Church

      Some of our Local 18 members helped create this huge concrete cross for Calvary Church in Springfield, IL. Below you can see brother Curtis Harn, Dick Huddleston and Scott Gregory doing some finishing touches on it.

    • Local 18 Helps w/ Angel of Hope Statue in Washington Park

      On October 4, 2008, the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP dedicated an Angel of Hope Statue in the Washington Park Botanical Garden. The angel statue honors the lives of all children gone too soon and serves as a place of hope and healing for parents, families, and friends dealing with the tragic loss of a child. Over 600 area children's names are commemorated on the Memorial Wall located at the Springfield angel statue site. Information on how to add a child's name to the memorial wall can be found under "Giving Opportunities". The angel in Springfield joins nearly 100 Angel of Hope Statues in other communities across the country (including 7 in Illinois). The original Angel of Hope Statue is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The statue was first introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide best-selling story by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Although the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument described in the book once existed but was later destroyed in a flood. In response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to remember and heal, author Richard Paul Evans commissioned a new angel statue.

    • 40 Year Gold Card Presentation

      Congrats to all of these gentleman for receiving their 40 year Gold Cards at the Bloomington General Meeting!

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

      Paving the way to your future. GET STARTED OPCMIA Local 18 Local 18, is non-for-profit labor organization that is part of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association. For over 150 years, the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) has represented and trained plasterers and cement masons for the purpose of protecting and promoting the quality of our industry and the livelihood of our members. ​ Members of Local 18 can be found working on major projects throughout Central / Western Illinois and even parts of Missouri & Iowa. Our members work on all kinds of projects -- from the roads you drive on every day to buildings you find yourself in on a regular basis. Local 18 members are the dedicated, highly trained and skilled group of workers that keep our communities growing. LEARN MORE MEMBERS CLICK HERE CONTRACTORS CLICK HERE JOIN LOCAL 18 CLICK HERE CEMENT MASONS > The Cement Masons work primarily on industrial, commercial and highway projects. Concrete and its related products are used as an effective durable product to safely support your offices, schools, homes, restaurants, churches as well as any of the structures that you may inhabit on a daily basis. The Cement Masons utilize the strength and versatility of concrete for the foundation of your roadways, power plants, airport runways and dams. They also perform work on driveways, sidewalks, walls and ceilings, curbs, gutters and slabs on grade. Additionally, the Cement Masons do specialty work such as self-leveling gypsum and epoxy floors. LEARN MORE PLASTERERS > Plasterer work has been around for centuries and is as durable and long-lasting as the ancient pyramids and can also serve as a delicate and decorative ornamental cornice in a museum. During the early years, gypsum and hair (normally horse hair) was introduced to add strength and endurance to plaster. Research shows that many of the modern tools in the present day are not far from the design, shape and intention of those early tools for plastering techniques. Today’s Plaster and its related products are more refined and resilient than ever and are used as a building material for interior and exterior applications. LEARN MORE UNION BENEFITS We belong to our members and together we work for the greater good of all. Training Earn More Medical Insurance Pride Retirement JOIN NOW LATEST NEWS SEE MORE We love to see our members enjoying the great outdoors! Send your OPCMIA Outdoor pictures for a chance to be featured on the OPCMIA National Website! SUBMIT A PHOTO The Steel Edge Women of the OPCMIA are among the best, toughest and most skilled craftspeople out there. Share your story for a chance to be featured! SHARE YOUR STORY

    • 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 Nick Scholz OPCMIA History - Organized 1864 Play Video 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 SEE MORE

    • 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. 2020 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 questions please feel free to call. Classes will be held at the JATF Training Center, 5601 N. Main (IL 116), East Peoria, IL 61611. ​ Hours for the classes will be from 8:00am until 4:30pm Monday - Thursday and 8:00am until noon on Fridays. ​ ​ 3rd Year 01/06 - 01/10 01/27 - 01/31 02/17 - 02/21 03/09 - 03/13 2nd Year 01/13 - 01/17 02/03 - 02/07 02/24 - 02/28 03/16 - 03/20 1st Year 01/20 - 01/24 02/10 - 02/14 03/02 - 03/06 03/23 - 03/27 March 31 All Classes: 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 SEE MORE

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