Infrastructure bill to bring good paying union jobs to the trades

The bipartisan infrastructure bill, recently passed by the U.S. Senate, includes $550 billion in new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over the next five years. The bill would invest $110 billion for roads, bridges and major infrastructure projects, including $40 billion for bridge repair, replacement and rehabilitation.

That kind of investment is good news for American workers, particularly organized labor.

Brian Farmer, an Apprenticeship Coordinator with the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) Local 633, recently joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss what the bill means for workers and why apprenticeship is becoming more popular. Continue reading

Union tradesmen, tradeswomen keep busy as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Construction projects are taking off all over the U.S. 

Part of the building boom is driven by a number of projects put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while other projects are being driven by the favorable economy.

On a recent America’s Work Force Union Podcast, Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) International Representative Joe Ciacchi discussed how union members are handling the building boom and the benefits of a registered apprenticeship program. Continue reading