In a pioneering breakthrough, the OPCMIA recently opened an international fireproofing training center. Located at Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 692’s training facility in Merrillville, Indiana, it is the only center of its kind in the country.
The OPCMIA’s mission of empowering our members to improve their lives extends far beyond the workplace. One of the most notable ways we fulfill this mission is by helping members and their families gain a higher education that opens doors of opportunity to a brighter future.
On behalf of our 44,000 members, the OPCMIA extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senator John McCain. He was a true American hero — a man of good will and unwavering principles who always put his country first and whose character and courage always shined — even while facing the unimaginable ordeal of five years as a prisoner of war.
We are proud to announce that we have entered into a partnership with the National Child ID Program to ensure that our members are fully prepared to assist law enforcement in the unlikely event that a child goes missing.
From October 12 – 15, 2018, thousands of women working in the building and construction trades — including many plasterers and cement masons — will gather in Seattle for the eighth national multi-craft union-sponsored Women Build Nations Conference.
In today’s economy, it’s hard to get ahead, especially if you’ve had hard luck or faced difficult circumstances. But OPCMIA apprenticeship programs, like the model effort run by Cement Masons Local 633 in New Brighton, Minnesota, open doors of opportunity to many people who’ve found themselves locked out in the past.
On June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that all public sector unions will now be forced to represent “free riders” — workers who want the benefits of collective bargaining without having to pay for it.