Are you having trouble finding and retaining qualified workers?

Are you spending too much time going back and fixing mistakes?

Do you want to step up and bid on a higher caliber of work?

You want to bid more work, but don’t have the manpower?

You’ve worked hard to build your reputation and your business, why settle for a workforce that is not as professional and committed to your bottom line as you are?

The OPCMIA can help you build your business, make you more profitable, and ensure that you will always have a highly qualified crew ready and able for any job.

The OPCMIA believes that in order to maintain fair wages and benefits for its members, our organization must offer the best VALUE to our industry employers who are working to succeed in a competitive marketplace.

Read our Employer FAQs below to see how a partnership with the OPCMIA can bring value to your bottom line.

Employers Speak Out

A recent letter from a happy Employer partner:

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to express my thanks for the quality and professionalism of service in our first year of contract with Local 694. Being apprehensive to sign a contract at first, I now wish we would have made this decision years ago.

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Employer FAQs

Is the Union going to control my business?

No, we want to be your partner. The union has no desire to run your business, they supply skilled manpower and want you to succeed.

Is it true I can never fire anyone?

No. You or your foreman is in charge of layoffs and discharges.

Will the Union allow me to use my existing work force?

Yes. Those in your employ who do plasterers or cement mason work would be required to join the union as a journeyman or as apprentice, depending on their skill level.

On a Prevailing rate job, do I have to pay an apprentice full rate?

No. Apprentices in our program get paid the apprentice rate according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We have registered apprenticeship programs for plasterers’ and cement masons’ so the apprentice rates are compliant with the law.

How does the subcontracting provision in the contract work?

A signatory general contractor must hire a signatory sub-contractor went doing plasterer or cement mason work. This provides for a harmonious job site, and a more stable workforce.

What do my employees have to pay to be members and what benefits do they get?

We have initiation fees to become a member and these fees may be waived in certain circumstances. The benefits they receive are representation for safety, health and other issues, a “marketing team” in the field to procure more work for all the members, free training in safety, new products and standardized methods, a voice in a democratic organization, health and welfare, and retirement benefits.