NEDC of the OPCMIA Apprenticeship Fund

Training Today to Rebuild America Tomorrow

Covid-19 Notice

Dear Northeast District Council members Plasterers and Cement Masons,

We would like to share key information to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the construction industry and also to help keep you safe in these difficult times.

Construction Workers:

  • Do not go to work if you are feeling sick.
  • Do not shake hands when greeting others.
  • Try to stay six feet away from others on the job site, including during morning gatherings, meetings, and training sessions.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues if you cough or sneeze or do so into your elbow.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

Remember, individuals over 60 and those with underlying health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease are more at risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19.

Additional links from our federal government partners:

  • From OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
  • From NIOSH: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/emres/2019_ncov.html
  • From CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Apprentices are the next generation of construction workers being trained to rebuild America!

Joining the Apprenticeship Program means teamwork and professionalism. Our training program keeps up with today’s building industry and safety is our focus.  As an apprentice, you will refine your finishing skills with hands-on applications under the personal guidance of master instructors.  If you’re looking for a career in a skilled trade with good wages and benefits look to be a Plasterer or Cement Mason

Our Message

Pouring CementForming a union at your workplace gives you and your co-workers the power to stand up for your families, your futures and yourselves. Through a legal, binding contract it gives you a strong, collective voice with which to demand decent working conditions, with fair pay and benefits. Explaining the benefits of union membership to your fellow employees and assisting in planning an organizing drive. Once you and you co-workers become members, you choose your own contract negotiators and shop stewards. We develop contract language and proposals for negotiations. Local Union officers and business agents fight with you to win a fair, good-paying contract with job protection that you deserve.

We have earned our reputation for bargaining hard and demanding the best protections and wages. For a century solidarity has kept corporate America from holding the cards and calling all the shots. When you join, you put that history to work for you.