Legislative

August 6, 2020

Trump & McConnell Give Up on Americans’ Health, Economic Security

Today, 30 million Americans are getting $600 less a week, while the pandemic explodes and GDP plummets by 9.5% in the last quarter. Yet President Trump and Senator McConnell abandoned negotiations over the HEROES Act.
July 31, 2020

General President Stepano NLRB Letter

On behalf of the 56,000 members of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA), I am writing to thank you for confirming the nomination of Lauren McFerran as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and to urge you to reject the nomination of Marvin Kaplan to another term on the NLRB.
April 1, 2020

NLRB Ruling Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Outrageous, General President Stepano Charges

With the nation and the world focusing all of their resources on waging war against a deadly disease — and as millions of courageous workers risk their lives to keep Americans safe and fed — the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided this was the perfect time to escalate its war on workers.
March 23, 2020

General President Stepano Urges Congressional Action to Protect OPCMIA Members

OPCMIA General President Daniel E. Stepano urged congressional leaders to protect the health and financial security of all members in economic stimulus and other legislation to address the Coronavirus pandemic.
February 20, 2020

Save Our Apprenticeships

The OPCMIA’s world-class apprenticeship programs remain under attack. Last year, when the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed allowing substandard IRAPs in the construction industry, more than 300,000 members of the OPCMIA and the other building trades unions sent letters opposing this misguided plan.
February 10, 2020

Urge Your Senators to Pass the PRO Act!

On February 5th, the U.S. House made history by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act by a vote of 224-194. This urgently needed legislation will empower millions of workers to improve their lives by joining unions because it will level the organizing playing field, which today is steeply tilted toward management.
November 20, 2019

DOL Illegally Diverted Funds Away from Apprenticeship Programs

Threats to the OPCMIA’s world class Apprenticeship Programs have grown as the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) illegally diverted $1.1 million intended for legitimate apprenticeship programs into substandard “Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs” (IRAPs) instead.
August 28, 2019
Department of Labor

127 Representatives, 45 Senators Oppose Disastrous IRAPs Proposal

The OPCMIA applauds the 127 members of Congress and 45 U.S. senators who signed letters to the U.S. Department of Labor opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed new rule to allow the creation of lower-quality “industry-recognized apprenticeship programs” (IRAPs) and undermine the world-class apprenticeship programs run by North America’s Building Trade Unions.
July 30, 2019

Save Our Apprenticeships!

The OPCMIA’s world-class Apprenticeship Program is under attack! The White House is trying to ram through a scheme by a small group of anti-union contractors to allow the use of substandard Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPS) in construction.