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    • Concrete Pour At The Apprenticeship Training Center Nov.16th-20th.

      Project: Pour Curb, sidewalk and pavement around the outside of our Training Center. Who: First and Second year apprentice from last year. Or any of our members who would like to help. Why: Project for the apprentice who missed a week of school last year because of a shut down for COVID-19. When: The classes will start at 8Am. to 4:30pm.Monday through Thursday, Friday classes 8am to 12:00pm. Monday Nov. 16th Through Friday Nov.20th

    • Plasterer Apprentices At Work

      Some of the new Plaster Apprentices getting some hands on experience. This group of individuals is on their way to a rewarding career utilizing a time-honored trade...

    • Michael Dicks Receives his 30 Year Gold Card

      Plasterers Business Agent Curtis Harn presents Local 18 member Michael Dicks with his 30 Year Gold Card. Congrats Michael!

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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

    • 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. ​ 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

    • 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? > OPCMIA International OPCMIA Value Driven - Pride Play Video 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.

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