PlasterersAndCementMasons

Benefits of Joining

Union Plasterers and Cement Masons are highly regarded for their proud tradition, superior training, skilled craftsmanship, and job safety.  In 1864, the Plasterers and Cement Masons founded the first Building Trades Union, Pioneering the way for workers’ rights

Mission Statement

To train our members to the highest of standards and enable them to be exemplary craftsmen and citizens for the benefit of their livelihood, the union, the industry and the United States of America and Canada

Skill Training

As a Union Apprentice you’ll be enrolled in a state-of-the-art program of technical training designed to teach you the superior skills you’ll need in your new career.  You will go to work for a Union Contractor and receive a good wage, which will increase as you accomplish you training program.  Over time you will become eligible for medical benefits and a pension plan.

Each year throughout your Apprenticeship Training you will receive a minimum of 144 hours of combined classroom and shop instruction.  Over the course of your Apprenticeship you will also receive on-the-job training designed to educate you in all the theories and practices of the Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ crafts.  Plus, while on the job, you’ll earn a negotiated percentage of the journey workers’ area hourly wage rate, increasing  progressively to 100% by graduation.

Training for the Future

As the OPCMIA prepares for the future, its leadership is squarely focused on increasing membership through organizing plasterers, cement masons and shop hands.  Officers, members, and staff of the OPCMIA are upgrading existing training programs and establishing new ones throughout the United States and Canada.  The goal is to provide state-of-the-art journey person upgrading and modern Apprenticeship Program.  “The OPCMIA is doing everything possible to meet the demands of our membership and our industry as we strive to provide the best trained workers available anywhere”, says General President John J. Dougheryty. Remember, if someone tries to tell you that Unions are bad for you- ask yourself, who are they trying to protect?

Benefits of Being a Union Contractor

Let this serve as notice that the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada wishes to enter into meaningful discussions with you and your company. As employers, you will have the benefit of drawing from the local union labor pool of qualified plasterers and cement masons.  Wages will be negotiated to fit the economics of the local area to help insure that you maintain a market share.

Trades by Definition

Plasterer work includes but is not limited to:

– All types of Plastering
– Exterior Insulated Finishing System Application (EIFS) – including the installation of the insulation board whether it is stuck or fastened with mechanical fasteners
– Restoration Work
– Acoustical Tile Application
– Artificial Marble Work
– Fireproofing Application
– Epoxy Coating Applications
– Sculpturing
– Swimming Pool Interior Application
– Wallboard Taper and Joiner/Drywall Application/ Level 5 Drywall Skimcoating
– Shop Hands Build Illusions and Props for the Motion Picture Industry
– Modern Veneer and Hardcoat Applications
– Cornice and Ornamental Plastering

Trades by Definition

Cement Mason work includes but is not limited to:

– Concrete Finishing and Buildings, Highways, Sidewalks, Curbs and Gutters
– Concrete Saw and Scoring Machine Operation
– Floor Hardeners, Sealers and Curing Application
– Gunite Operation
– Laser Screed Operation
– Installing Seamless Flooring (Epoxy)
– Sand Blasting and Bush Hammering
– Restoration Work (Concrete Repair)
– Waterproofing and Caulking
– Form Setting
– Grouting
– Epoxy Coating Application
– Decorative Concrete Stenciled, Stamped and Stained

Contractor Benefits include but are not limited to:

– Apprenticeship Training
– New Products and Finishing Techniques
– Classes for Hazardous Materials
– Pension Benefits
– Ability to Bid Union Jobs
– Promotion of Your Company by the Union
– Journeyman Upgrading
– First Aid Classes
– Health Benefits, Medical, Dental, Vision
– Information Network for Other Areas and States
– Authorized Trainers for Safety and Health Regulations that Apply in Our Industry

Questions

Are you satisfied with your wage?
Are you satisfied with your benefits?
Are you satisfied with the opportunities your job provides to build a better future for yourself and your family?
Did you know that you have a right under the law to join a union of your choice and have that union bargain collectively with your employer?
Did you know that when you belong to a union you have rights under the law that you do not have as an individual?
Did you know that once the Union of your choice is recognized your employer must bargain your wages, hours, benefits and working conditions?

Did you know as a member of the OPCMIA that you may receive:

1.    Apprenticeship and Training
2.    Better Wages
3.    Better Pension
4.    Better Health Care
5.    Better Sickness and Accident Benefits
6.    A Right to Health & Safety on the Job
7.    A Right to Vote on Working Conditions
8.    A Voice at Work that will be heard
9.    Better Job Security
10.  Hiring Hall Job Dispatch

For Further Information or Membership Contact:

Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’
International Association LU #567
2116 Simon Bolivar Ave.
New Orleans, LA  70113
Tele. 504-523-3847
Fax   504-523-0582
Cell   504-453-1801

Kirk Lee
Business Representative
cementmasons@cavtel.net