Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

The current COVID-19 Pandemic presents a serious health hazard to our members and their families, the OPCMIA is committed to doing everything we can to be a source of support during this challenging time. Please see the links below for important information.

From the President’s Office

June 16, 2020

OPCMIA Supports Food Relief Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

One of the harshest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is a massive increase in hunger and food insecurity with a record 40 million Americans losing their jobs just since mid-March. Nick Scholz, a former OPCMIA Office Manager who is now retired, is doing something about this.
June 4, 2020

2020 Trades Women Build Nation Conference on Hold

This year’s 10th International Conference, scheduled for October 2-4, 2020 in Washington, D.C., has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Organizers are encouraging potential participants NOT to make travel or hotel arrangements at this time.
April 7, 2020
General President Daniel Stepano

OPCMIA Issues COVID-19 Resource Guide

To help members and their families navigate an array of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the OPCMIA has issued a resource guide designed to answer all your questions.

From the International Training Fund

Brothers and Sisters.

As you are aware, the United States is facing a serious health threat from the Covid-19 – Coronavirus. This situation has led our International Union to suspended travel for some staff members and to cancel attendance at many meetings, tradeshows and conferences (this policy is being reviewed on an on-going basis).

Out of an abundance of caution, I am postponing or cancelling the following ITF Scheduled Trainings:

  • OSHA 502 – April 7-9, 2020 – Columbia, MD – POSTPONED until further notice.
  • OSHA 500 – April 20-24, 2020 – Columbia, MD – POSTPONED until further notice.
  • ASCC / Concrete Polishing TTT – May 12-14, 2020 – Bellwood, IL – POSTPONED until further notice.
  • INSTRUCTOR TRAINING PROGRAM – June 20-24, 2020 – Ann Arbor, MI – CANCELLEDPLEASE NOTE: We will resume our ITP next summer, July 12-16, 2021.  Please mark your calendars.
  • Fireproofing Train-the-Trainer – July 14-16, 2020 – Merrillville, IN – POSTPONED until further notice.

As this national crisis is an evolving situation, I will review ITF training commitments on an ongoing basis and will have my staff coordinate with Locals and JATC’s to reschedule ITF trainings when the situation improves to a safe level.
I regret any issues that may arise from this situation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 301-623-1000.

In Solidarity,
Deven Johnson
International Representative – Executive Director of OPCMIA-ITF and Assistant to the General President

The “CARES Act” and “FFCRA” may offer relief to training programs

Congress has passed two major pieces of legislation to address the coronavirus crisis gripping our country: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Both laws contain important provisions for labor-management training programs and for your employees and trainees. This document will summarize the provisions relevant to your programs.

May 29, 2020

CPWR COVID-19 Awareness Training

CPWR is offering live distance learning training utilizing the Zoom learning technology and is conducting training in two courses. Each training session is limited to 26 students and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
May 29, 2020

CPWR Presents COVID-19 Webinar Series

COVID-19 has changed the construction landscape. As part of our collective efforts to keep the construction industry informed and up-to-date, CPWR and NIOSH will be hosting a bimonthly webinar series on topics related to COVID-19. Next upcoming date is Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.