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Sheet Metal Workers

Four (4) year apprenticeship:

Architectural Sheet Metal- brass and copper ornamentation, columns, skylights, signs, Gutters and downspouts. Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning- design, fabrication and install. Testing, adjusting and balancing-fine tuning and maintaining HVAC components. Use of computers to fabricate sheet metal products and troubleshoot HVAC systems. Health, Safety and Environmental training. Food and Beverage- Stainless Steel fabrication and installation in restaurants, cafeterias etc. Welding and fusing different types of metal using the latest technological processes. Service work with includes installing, maintaining and repair of equipment that conditions air.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Physically fit to perform work
  • Strong math skills
  • Valid Drivers license and Social Security card
  • All applicants must complete a NCRC test /Contact Iowa Works 712-233-9030
  • Work will be both outdoors and indoors, with a large portion of work being performed overhead.
  • The apprentice will be required to attended related training classes, most likely in the evening.

APPRENTICE WAGES:

The apprentice will receive increment wage rate increases based on a percentage of the journeyworker rate, beginning at approximately 45% of journeyworker pay with 5% increase each six (6) months.

Plumbers & Steamfitters

Five (5) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

Plumbers & Steamfitters are craft workers who install pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases needed for sanitation, industrial production or other uses. They also alter and repair existing pipe systems and install plumbing fixtures, appliances and heating and refrigeration units.

Plumbers: install pipes for water, gas, sewage, and drainage systems, especially those connected to public utility systems. They also install sanitary facilities such as lavatories, toilets, bathtubs, bathroom fixtures, showers, kitchen fixtures, drinking fountains, and laundry equipment.

Steamfitters: (Welders or HVAC Technicians) are craft workers who assemble, install, and maintain pipes to carry water, steam, compressed air, gases and fluids required for processing, manufacturing, heating, cooling, or refrigeration, and in particular those in industrial and commercial buildings.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Physically fit to perform work
  • Must obtain a National Career Readiness Certificate of Silver or Higher
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:

Apprenticeship in the pipe trades is extremely selective. Acceptance for training depends on the applicant’s qualifications and the manpower need of the trade. In order to increase your chances of being admitted for our program, we highly recommend that you attend a Registered Pre-Apprenticeship program that utilizes the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum.

The typical apprenticeship program is five- years of intensive technical training, consisting of at least 10,000 hours of on-the- job and related classroom training.

Processes related to mathematics, drafting, the use of tools and maintenance, general shop and work practices, including safety, restressed during the apprenticeship both on-the-job and in the classroom. Week-long, daytime classes are attended six times per year.

During that week of school, apprentices receive State of Iowa Training monies. At the conclusion of an apprenticeship, one will not only have six licenses but an Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree.

Apprentices earn all of this for the small cost of books. In 2016, this was $200.00 per year!

APPRENTICE WAGES:

An apprentice’s starting wage is 45% of journeyworker wages, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices also receive benefits which include health insurance and pension.

APPLICATION AND HIRING PROCESS:

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis. There is a $25 application fee.   Interviews are given every three to four months.

Painters

Four (4) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

A Painter is a construction professional who works at applying paint, stain, varnish, wallcoverings, and other finishes to residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Painters work on new construction projects as well as repainting existing structures.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Birth Certificate

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:

Painters participate in an apprenticeship- training program before becoming a Journeyworker. The term of apprenticeship is four years of classroom training for a minimum of 144 hours a year, one day a week, in addition they work 6,400 hours of on-the-job training.

The classroom instruction consists of preparation, tools, materials, equipment, woodworking, blue print reading, wallcoverings, spray painting, sandblasting, decorative finishes, as well as many different safety related subjects.

APPRENTICE WAGES:

An apprentice’s starting wage package starts at 50% of Journeyworker wages, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. An apprentice receives benefits such as health insurance and a pension.

APPLICATIONS:

Applications are accepted Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Union Hall in Des Moines, Iowa.

Operating Engineers

Three (3) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

Apprentice Operators learn safe and productive operation on all types of heavy machinery such as: cranes, forklifts, excavators, motor graders, dozers, scrapers, loaders, etc. on construction sites along with general machine maintenance.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Physically fit to perform work
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen
  • Must be able and willing to travel anywhere in the State of Iowa
  • Experience in construction helpful, but not mandatory

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:

In addition to 6,000 hours of training received on the job, an apprentice will attend 144 hours per year of related training at our training facility. The related training will consist of, but will not be limited to:

  • Operate equipment in a safe, productive
  • Perform general inspections and maintenance on equipment.
  • Blueprint reading along with staking and grading of projects.
  • Perform safe rigging and hand

APPRENTICE WAGES:

Apprentice starting wages vary by local union contract but are a percentage of the journeyworker wage package, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices receive such benefits as health insurance and pension.

APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS:

Our application process is open on a year-round basis. Individuals may send us a letter of request, e-mail, or fax; stating their full name, address, phone, and reasons why they want to join our program. An application and more information will be mailed. E-mail requests may be sent to Local234ATT@gmail.com

Ironworkers

What is Organizing?

The common term for a group of workers looking to join a union is “Organizing.” Workers organize for various reasons, be it to improve their working conditions, increase their pay or benefits, and/or to create a better working environment. We encourage you to read more about us to see if joining our union is right for you and/or your coworkers.

Introduction

The American Promise is that if we go to school, work hard, and become a productive and faithful employee, we can then expect to support a family, raise and educate our children, enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life and retire with dignity. We weren’t supposed to have to win the lottery, or be a corporate executive to enjoy the American dream. That was the vision of middle class Americans, who once modeled the image of what it was to be an American. The middle class is disappearing in direct proportion to the demise of the American union movement. After World War II, nearly 30 percent of our work force belonged to unions. Today, barely half that are organized. Today, a few own the world’s resources while most live in poverty. Wages of $8 per hour are common. For most of these workers there is no health insurance or retirement plans. The result? Taxpayers across the United States are making up for what employers should be paying with public assistance programs. That’s corporate welfare. Why are wages so low? Because that’s the easiest way to increase profitability. The result? Today, the wealthiest one percent own as much of our nation as ninety percent of the rest of us. Corporate CEO’s can earn 500 times the wages paid their workers.

Why Unions?

The freedom to form unions is a basic human right. In 1935, the US Government enacted the National Labor Relations Act that said, “Employees shall have the right to form…labor organizations…to bargain collectively…(and employers may not) interfere with…the exercise of…this right.” In 1948, the US joined four-fifths of United Nations member states to ratify the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which included the right of all people to come together in unions. Workers form unions because there is power in numbers. Where unions are strong, employers must bargain collectively to set the terms and conditions of employment. The demand for profits must then be compromised with fairness toward workers.

How Employers Prevent Unions

When American workers seek to exercise the right to form a union, they nearly always run into a buzz saw of employer threats, intimidation and coercion such as:

  Captive audience meetings
  One-on-one meetings with supervisors
  Threats to close or move the workplace if workers vote to unionize
  Hiring professional consultants (union-busters) to coordinate anti-worker campaigns
  Firing workers for union activity

According to Human Rights Watch, the treatment of workers by employers and the failure of the US government to prevent it constitute a serious violation of human rights. Their report says, “Many workers…are spied on, harassed, pressured, threatened, suspended, fired, deported or otherwise victimized in reprisal for their exercise of the right to choose a union.”

The consequences have been devastation for all of American society. When collective bargaining is suppressed, wages lag, inequality and poverty grow, race and gender pay gaps widen, society’s safety net is strained and civic and political participation are undermined.

What Have Unions Done for Us?

When American workers seek to exercise the right to form a union, they nearly always run into a buzz saw of employer threats, intimidation and coercion such as:

  8-hour day
  5-day work week
  Health Insurance
  Good pensions
  Higher wages
  Job security
  Overtime pay
  Job safety
  Family and medical leave
  Fair treatment for women, people of all ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities

Union members earn 28 percent more than nonunion workers. But stronger unions raise living standards and improve the quality of life for everyone. In the 10 states in which unions are the strongest, there is less poverty, higher household income, more education spending, and better public policy than in the 10 states where unions are weakest.

Unions Encourage Democracy

Unions encourage voting and other forms of political participation by members and other social groups with common interests. Political Scientist Benjamin Radcliff has estimated that for every 1 percent decline in union membership there is a 0.4 percent decline in voter participation.

35 Things Your Employer Cannot Do

1. Attend any union meeting, park across the street from the hall or engage in any undercover activity which would indicate that the employees are being kept under surveillance to determine who is and who is not participating in the union program.
2. Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity.
3. Lay off, discharge, discipline any employee for union activity.
4. Grant employees wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to keep the union out.
5. Bar employee-union representatives from soliciting employees’ memberships on or off the company property during non-waking hours.
6. Ask employees about union matters, meetings, etc. (Some employees may, of their own accord, walk up and tell of such matters. It is not an unfair labor practice to listen, but to ask questions to obtain additional information is illegal).
7. Ask employees what they think about the union or a union representative once the employee refuses to discuss it.
8. Ask employees how they intend to vote.
9. Threaten employees with reprisal for participating in union activities. For example, threaten to move the plant or close the business, curtail operations or reduce employees’ benefits.
10. Promise benefits to employees if they reject the union.
11. Give financial support or other assistance to a union.
12. Announce that the company will not deal with the union.
13. Threaten to close, in fact close, or move plant in order to avoid dealing with a union.
14. Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have signed up for union representation.
15. Ask an employee, during the hiring interview, about his affiliation with a labor organization or how he feels about unions.
16. Make anti-union statements or act in a way that might show preference for a non-union man.
17. Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when signing overtime work or desirable work.
18. Purposely team up non-union men and keep them apart from those supporting the union.
19. Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliations or activities.
20. Choose employees to be laid off in order to weaken the union’s strength or discourage membership in the union.
21. Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.
22. By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his union activity.
23. Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because of union activity.
24. Deviate from company policy for the purpose of getting rid of a union supporter.
25. Take action that adversely affects an employee’s job or pay rate because of union activity.
26. Threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.
27. Threaten a union member through a third party.
28. Promise employees a reward or future benefit if they decide “no union”.
29. Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discontinued if the plant is unionized.
30. Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.
31. Say unionization will do away with vacations or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.
32. Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining the union.
33. Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage or take part in its circulation if started by employees.
34. Urge employees to try to induce others to oppose the union or keep out of it.
35. Visit the homes of employees to urge them to reject the union.

Electricians

Five (5) year Inside Wireman Electrician Apprenticeship

Three (3) year Telecommunications Apprenticeship

NATURE OF THE TRADE:

Electricians install and repair electrical systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Lighting, power, security, telecommunications, electrical motors, transformers and building automation components all operate through electrical systems assembled, installed, and wired by electricians.

These workers sometimes work at heights, in confined spaces and out in the elements. Electricians follow blueprints and specifications for most installations. To install wiring in factories and offices, they may bend, fit, and fasten conduit (pipe or tubing) inside partitions, walls, or other concealed areas.

For safety, electricians strictly follow the requirements of the National Electrical Code and, in addition, must comply with state, county and municipal code requirements.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a Valid Driver’s License (we require a copy)
  • Must be a High School graduate or have a GED
  • Provide us with a copy of your Social Security card.
  • Provide us with official high school transcripts, as well as any post-high school transcripts.
  • Provide any GED records if applicable.
  • Provide evidence of completion of at least 1 year of high school algebra or 1 post-high school algebra course with a passing grade.

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:

Inside apprentices complete over 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Telecommunications apprentices complete over 4,800 hours of OJT. All apprentices receive over 180 hours of classroom instruction each year.

Apprentices attend classes one afternoon a week throughout the school year.

APPRENTICE WAGES:

The starting wage for apprentices varies by program and is between 40 – 75% of Journeyworker wages. Benefits include: Health insurance, pension plan, training and education.

APPLICATIONS:

Applications are accepted year round at the training center. The hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Plasterer & Cement Masons

Plasterers mix and apply coats of standard and decorative plasters both inside and out. Cement masons smooth and finish exposed concrete surfaces on projects such as walls, floors, steps, sidewalks, driveways and roads. The bulk of the work is in commercial and industrial building.

Boilermakers

Four (4) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

The Boilermaker’s work includes repairing, fabricating, and assembling boilers, tanks, vats, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, and similar vessels made of metal plate.

Boilermakers assemble and erect prefabricated parts and fittings at construction sites where the boilers or other pressure vessels are to be used after installation is completed, and make all necessary tests to check for defects. They also do repair work in the field. A variety of tools are used when assembling and erecting steel plate units at a building construction site.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • StrongMath and Reading Skills
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Successfully pass a Drug Screen

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:

Boilermakers participate in an apprenticeship-training program before becoming a Journeyworker. The apprenticeship is four years or 6,000 hours, where the apprentice receives on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Classroom topics include blueprint reading, shop, mathematics and welding. In addition, the apprentice is required to attend 4 one- week classes (annually) held in Kansas City, MO. (Rooms and travel are paid by the Hall, for apprenticeship classes). Apprentices attend classes for 8 hours each day, for 5 days.

APPRENTICE WAGES:

An apprentice’s starting wage package will be 70% of the Journeyworker wage package, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. Apprentices receive benefits such as health insurance and pension.

APPLICATIONS:

Applications are accepted Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the union hall in Kansas City or at the Newton location.

Insulators

Four (4) year apprenticeship NATURE OF THE TRADE:

An Insulator is a construction professional who works at mechanical duct and pipe insulation and HVAC covering and domestic water covering for commercial and industrial projects.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Birth Certificate

APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING:

Insulators participate in an apprenticeship- training program before becoming a Journeyman Mechanic. The term of apprenticeship is four years of classroom training for a minimum of 160 hours a year, one day a week, in addition they work 1,760 hours of on-the- job training. The classroom instruction consists of preparation, tools, materials, equipment, book work, mechanical pipe and duct mock ups, and many different safety related instruction.

APPRENTICE WAGES:

An apprentice’s starting wage package starts at 55% of Journeyworker wages, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. An apprentice receives benefits such as health insurance and a pension.

APPLICATIONS:

Applications are accepted year round at the Union Hall or online at www.insulatorslocal57.org.