At Local 132, our mission is to provide skilled laborers with the information they need. In today’s post, we’re sharing a bit about The Cement Masons and Plasterers Trust Fund. Learn more below or contact us now with any questions you may have.
What It Is
The Cement Masons and Plasterers Trust Fund is a retirement savings plan set up by cement masons and plasterers unions to provide financial security for their members in retirement. The trust fund is managed by a board of trustees, who invest the money in a variety of assets such as stocks, bonds, and real estate.
How It Works
The trust fund is financed by employer contributions, which are calculated based on a percentage of each employee’s wages. The money in the trust fund is then used to pay benefits to retirees, disability benefits to members who are unable to work, and death benefits to the families of deceased members.
What Are The Benefits?
The Cement Masons and Plasterers Trust Fund provides a number of benefits to its members, including:
- A secure retirement income
- Death and disability benefits
- Health and welfare benefits
- Job training and education programs
How to Join OPCMIA Local 132 Union
If you’re a cement mason or plasterer in the Chicago area, you can join Local 132 by doing one of two things — you can either fill out an application for membership as a qualified journey worker or fill out an application for the Registered Apprenticeship Program. Joining a labor union means being a part of something that puts the needs of workers first, and our mission is to support you in your career and beyond.
If you’re a cement mason or plasterer, the Cement Masons and Plasterers Trust Fund can provide you with a number of benefits that will help you in retirement. Contact Local 132 today to learn more about how the trust fund can help you.
If you’re interested in a career in construction, you may have heard of the term “union plasterer.” But what is a union plasterer? Simply put, union plasterers are those who have chosen to join a labor union. At OPCMIA Local 132 of Southern Ohio, our mission is to support you in your career. Learn more below, then join today.
If you’re interested in becoming a union plasterer, you’ll need to meet some basic requirements. First, you must be at least 18 years old. Next, you’ll need to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Finally, you often need to complete an apprenticeship program.
There are many benefits to joining a union, but here are just a few:
- Unions provide training and education opportunities so you can learn new skills and keep up with the latest industry trends.
- Unions offer job security by working to ensure fair wages and working conditions for all members.
- Unions give you a voice on the job site so you can have a say in your work environment.
In most cases, members of a trade union make more money in their careers than non-members in the same profession who are not covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Your union representatives and contractor reps from multi-employers negotiate on your behalf to ensure that you receive a good wage, appropriate employment terms, workplace rights, and safe working conditions. The union also offers health insurance, pension plans, education and training, and much more.
The Solidarity of Labor Unions
In addition to the many benefits that come with being a union member, you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a larger community of workers who are standing together to improve the lives of all workers. When you join a union, you are joining a movement that has a long history of advocating for the rights of workers.
If you’re interested in becoming a union plasterer, or if you have any questions about union membership, we encourage you to contact us today. We would be happy to discuss the benefits of union membership with you and answer any questions you may have.
At Local 132, our mission is to provide cement masons and plasterers with ongoing training and education, pension plans, health insurance, and more by providing a cohesive labor union to meet the unique needs of skilled laborers. If you’re searching for a fulfilling career, becoming a cement mason may be the right move. But what does a cement mason do? Find out below, then consider joining OPCMIA Local 132 today.
A Typical Day
A cement mason, also known as a cement finisher, forms and finishes concrete on everything from sidewalks to high-rises. A typical day for a cement mason might include:
- Measuring and pouring concrete
- Troweling or floating concrete to smooth it out
- Applying a final finish to concrete, such as a broom finish, stamping, or staining
- Erecting and dismantling scaffolding
- Working around other tradespeople
The Skills You Need
Cement masons must be physically strong and have good coordination. You’ll also need to be able to read blueprints and follow oral instructions. As a cement mason, you’ll need to have a good understanding of basic math.
The training you’ll need to become a cement mason varies by state, but most journeyman programs last between three and four years. You’ll start out as an apprentice, working under the supervision of a journeyman or foreman. As you gain experience, you’ll be able to move up to higher-level positions.
Becoming a Cement Mason
Concrete and its related materials are used as a long-lasting, safe foundation for offices, schools, homes, restaurants, churches, and other structures that people use daily. Cement masons apply concrete’s strength and adaptability to the foundations of roads, power plants, airport runways, and dams. They may also be found working on driveways (both residential and commercial), sidewalks (in preparation for spring or fall), walls/ceilings (in addition to epoxy/gypsum floors), curbs (including curb repair), gutters (including gutter replacement), and slabs on grade.
There are a number of benefits that come with joining a cement union and at OPCMIA 132, our mission is to set you up for success. Explore our website to learn more, contact us with any questions, or join local 132 of Southern Ohio today.
The Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association, commonly known as the OPCMIA, is a worldwide organization of plasterers and cement masons. At Local 132 of Southern Ohio, we’re proud to be a part of one of the world’s oldest and most notable crafts, and that’s why if you’re considering joining a plasterer and cement masons labor union as a skilled laborer, there are a handful of questions you should ask. Learn more below, or contact us today.
How Long Has the OPCMIA Been Around?
The OPCMIA was founded in 1864, making us one of the oldest craft unions in North America. We’re proud to have a rich history of representing plasterers and cement masons, and we’re committed to continuing that tradition into the future with Local 132 jobs.
How Many Members Does the OPCMIA Have?
The OPCMIA represents over 50,000 plasterers and cement masons in the United States and Canada. We’re one of the largest unions in the construction industry, and we’re always looking for new members to join our ranks.
What Are the Benefits of Joining the OPCMIA?
As a member of the OPCMIA, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits, including access to our world-class training programs, discounts on tool and equipment purchases, and much more. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re part of a union that’s committed to improving the lives of its members.
How Can I Join?
If you’re interested in joining the OPCMIA union, the first step is to contact your local union office. They’ll be able to tell you about membership requirements and help you get started on the path to becoming a member.
Have a question about OPCMIA Local 132? We would absolutely love to hear from you, so feel free to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, then contact us today.
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