October 12, 2018

OPCMIA Opens International Fireproofing Training Center

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.
September 6, 2018

Congratulations to Our 2018 Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund Winners

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.
August 29, 2018
John McCain

OPCMIA Honors the Memory of Senator John McCain

On behalf of our 44,000 members, the OPMCIA 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.
August 9, 2018

OPCMIA Partners with National Child ID Program

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.
August 3, 2018
Women in Construction

Women Build Nations!

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.
July 16, 2018
The Union Advantage

New Study Adds Evidence to Union Advantage

It’s long been known that union members earn higher wages and better benefits than non-union workers. Now, a new study quantifies just how much better it is to be empowered by collective bargaining.
July 5, 2018
OPCMIA Apprenticeship

OPCMIA Apprenticeship Programs Open Doors of Opportunity

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.
June 28, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Building

Supreme Court’s Janus Decision an Attack on All Workers

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.
May 29, 2018
Summer Heat Safety

Get Water, Rest and Shade to Stay Safe in Summer Work

As we head into the summer, temperatures will be climbing, the sun will be searing, and in many parts of the country, humidity will be soaring. These factors — individually and together — pose threats to the health of OPCMIA members, because they put strains on the body’s ability to get rid of excess heat to maintain a stable internal temperature, especially given the intense physical activity required on the jobsite.