What Is The Cement Masons And Plasterers Trust Fund?

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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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

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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.

Union Plasterer: What Is It and How Do I Become One?

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.

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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.

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Why Union?

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.

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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.

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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.

4 Questions To Ask a Plasterer and Cement Masons Union

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.