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CEMENT MASONS

PLASTERERS

ORGANIZED

SKILLED

2951 Bluefield Ave., Dayton, OH 45414 | PH: 937-279-0262

Local 132 Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30pm.
The meetings are held at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 11349 Allen Rd. NW, Jeffersonville, OH 43128

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The Cement Masons work primarily on industrial, commercial and highway projects.  Concrete and its related products are used as an effective durable product to safely support your offices, schools, homes, restaurants, churches as well as any of the structures that you may inhabit on a daily basis.   The Cement Masons utilize the strength and versatility of concrete for the foundation of your roadways, power plants, airport runways and dams.   They also perform work on driveways, sidewalks, walls and ceilings, curbs, gutters and slabs on grade.  Additionally, the Cement Masons do specialty work such as self-leveling gypsum and epoxy floors.

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Plasterer work has been around for centuries and is as durable and long-lasting as the ancient pyramids and can also serve as a delicate and decorative ornamental cornice in a museum.  During the early years, gypsum and hair (normally horse hair) was introduced to add strength and endurance to plaster.   Research shows that many of the modern tools in the present day are not far from the design, shape and intention of those early tools for plastering techniques.  Today’s Plaster and its related products are more refined and resilient than ever and are used as a building material for interior and exterior applications.

Why Attend Your Union Meetings?

As a member of Local 132, I’m sure that you are a hard working individual, possibly traveling some distance to work each day, and trying to keep employed in order to make a respectable living for you and your family. Sometimes you have to work late and can’t get off work, maybe you have to be home or take your child somewhere. It could be hard to find the time or you just feel like saying, Why Go?

Your hard work and payment of dues is what keeps Local 132 operating. We are asking you to be involved with your union; it would also be nice to have you there and to be able to see you in person.

   Here are 10 top reasons why you should attend your union meetings

  1. Union meetings are what helped build the unions. By everyone discussing what is happening, or how to deal with what is coming, union meetings keep us aware, knowledgeable and keeps us strong.
  2.  To be informed on what is going on in your particular area, and to find out what the work load is and what to expect in the future.
  3.   To find out what is going on in the business and political world of your area and to be able to ask questions.
  4.  To hear the business reports of what is going on in other areas of local 132. To also hear and understand the differences of the many areas of our local.
  5.  To get first hand answers to any of your questions or hear the truth first hand of what is happening, not to just listen to the gossip of what is said in the field.
  6.  Meetings are a good place to ask about your benefit packages. Also to find out what else is going on with other local unions around Ohio.
  7.  Union meeting involvement helps keep the union strong in unity.
  8.  At your union meeting you have a voice, and you can express your feelings or opinions without fear of retaliation.
  9.  It is nice to have a relationship and rapport outside of work with your fellow brothers & sisters.
  10.  The members make our Union strong, come and participate, become involved, and let us know how you feel.

The officers and staff of Local 132 look forward to seeing you at our monthly local union meetings.

Calendar of Events

January 2016

Applications for Apprenticeship

OPCMIA, Local 132 will be taking applications for the Cement Masons (CM) and Plasterers (PL) Apprenticeship Programs.  You must be 18 years of age and have a High School Diploma or GED and a valid drivers license.  We are an EEO Program.  Applications will be taken as follows:

Columbus:   947 Goodale Blvd, Columbus, OH 43212 on;  January 5, 2016, 12:00noon to 5:00pm, January 6 and 7, 2016 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Dayton: 2951 Bluefiled Ave, Dayton, OH  45414 on;  Janaury 11, 12, 13, 2016, from 8:00am to 4:00pm  (CM and PL)

Cincinnati:  3 Kovach Dr., Cincinnati, OH  45215 on; a daily basis   (CM and PL)

Portsmouth:  Janauary 14, 15, 2016  Call Connie Sink @ 937-279-0262 for details

Summer Events 2015

Summer Traveling Union Meetings

The first Leadership meeting was held in Cincinnati on June 18, 2015.  Gift certificates were drawn for attendance at the Leadership meeting and were given to John Gehring and Ed Hartkemeyer.   During the Cincinnati Union meeting, the drawings for gift certificates were given to Steve Nelson and Steve Carter.  Joe Walker won the final raffle prize of the night which was a Local 132 sweatshirt.  The Leadership and Union meeting was well attended in Ironton Ohio on July 16, 2015.   Apprentice, Brent Klaiber won the gift certificate for attendance during the Leadership meeting.  Michael Murphy and Travis Deerfield won the gift certificates for attendance during the Union meeting.   On August 20, 2015 the Leadership and Union meetings were held at the Lancaster Facility.  Dan Sparks and Steve Straits won the gift certificates for participation during the Leadership meeting.  During the regular Union meeting, Marcella Seals-Williams won the Visa gift certificate and Rick Burwell won the final prize of the night, a Local 132 sweatshirt. The last of the traveling meetings were held at the Dayton Office on September 17, 2015.  During the Leadership meeting, Greg West and Robert Connors won the gift certificates.  During the Union meeting gift certificates were awarded  to Shawn Fogle and Owen Pillsbury for attendance.   The last gift of the night was a Local 132 sweat shirt awarded to Tom Taylor.

How to Join

Plasterers Nov 2014Within the work scope of Local 132, there are residential, commercial, highway and industrial types of projects.   The majority of the work applications for Local 132 fall into 2 categories; commercial and highway work.   There are 3 trade classifications for Local 132 as follows; Cement Masons (CM) and Plasterers (PL) and Shop Hand (SH).  There are only 2 ways that you may become a member of Local 132 as follows:

1)   You may fill out an application for membership as a qualified journey worker.

Journey Worker; shall mean that the applicant can substantiate their claims of skills, knowledge, and mechanical ability along with experience in the trade and/or the industry.  Each applicant will have a personal interview by the Business Representative in their area and may be asked to validate their declaration of experience.  If you are interested in learning more about what is the best fit for you as a journey worker you may contact the representative in your area as follows:

Cincinnati Area(CM) Andrew Kitchens, (PL) David Horn PH: 859-282-0195
Columbus Area(CM, PL) Joseph Ciacchi or David SantoPH: 740-689-9004
Parkersburg Marietta Area (CM, PL) David SantoPH: 740-689-9004
Dayton Area (CM, PL) Lewis JonesPH: 937-279-0262
Portsmouth Area(CM, PL) Charles DolenPH: 740-532-0743

2)   You may fill out an application for the Registered Apprenticeship Program. 

Apprenticeship; shall mean that the applicant has little to no substantiated experience in the trade or industry and agrees to accept the terms of becoming a Registered Apprentice in the training program.  As mandated by the apprenticeship standards for each occupation, the apprentice will go through annual formalized related instruction (classroom training) and practical work experience (on the job training) to become a skilled qualified journeyman.  Local 132 has an Articulation Agreement with higher education and a Scholarship program for all apprentices accepted into the apprenticeship program. The Articulation Agreement allows concurrent enrollment and each apprentice receives college credits (with passing grades) as they attend the classroom portion of their apprenticeship.  Please see the apprenticeship section on this web site for a complete overview and additional requirements for the Cement Masons or Plasterers apprenticeship programs.  If you are interested in learning more about the apprenticeship program in your area please contact:

All Areas:

Connie Sink, Regional Training Coordinator                                                              PH:  937-279-0262

Benefits of Membership

  • Earnings:

    Members of a Trade Union traditionally make more earnings in their lifetime than counterparts that are not under a Collective Bargaining Agreement in the same occupation.   The Union representatives and contractor representatives from multi-employers negotiate on your behalf to secure for you a living wage, reasonable employment terms, work place rights and safe working conditions.  This also includes time off for Holidays and overtime premiums for working over the agreed normal work day.

  • Health Insurance: (Also known as Health and Welfare)

    Regardless of your past health history, the Union makes available to all of its members health insurance to protect you and your family during a health crisis or for just a preventative care visit to the doctor.  With the sizeable membership in the state of Ohio, we are large enough to be considered a self-insured group.  We work with a third party administrator that is knowledgeable in working with other multi-employer Taft-Hartley Trust Funds.  They understand the needs of our members and follow the rules and regulations as set by the Board of Trustees.  If you are faced with an unforeseen injury, you may qualify through our Health and Welfare Plan for possible benefits during your recuperation.  Additionally upon death, members are entitled to a benefit that will help your family with your final expenses.

  • Retirement: (Also known as Pension Plan)

    During the collective bargaining process, your Union representatives work on your behalf to insure that you will have a respectful Pension upon retirement.  Our Pensions are considered Defined Benefits.  These retirement plans are not like most of the plans with other employers (such as a 401K Plan), where your employer will only match a small portion of what you’ve already invested.   Your Pension will offer you and your family the security and confidence to know that you will be able to maintain your lifestyle until the end of your life.  Additionally, many of our bargaining agreements offer an Annuity Plan as an extra benefit for those participants.

  • Education and Training:

    As a member, you will have the ability to continuously be informed with the latest advances and trends in your industry.  You will be able to upgrade your skills at no cost to you through our annual Journeyman Upgrade Classes.  These classes may include OSHA-10 or OSHA-30 hour classes, new emerging and green technologies, and any specialty classes that are requested by our membership and/or contractors.

    If you are new to the industry, our apprenticeship programs are registered with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council.  Each apprentice is required to take related classroom training following a defined curriculum and also to reach the requirement for on the job training hours in order to advance through the apprenticeship program.

    With our 3-4 year apprenticeship programs, we offer a scholarship program which gives the apprentice free tuition, and college credits for the duration of their apprenticeship.   Going through the apprenticeship programs gives the member the skills, knowledge and abilities to have a long-term successful career in the construction arena.   Throughout the years, apprenticeship has often been referred to as “Earn while you Learn’ education for the construction industry.

  • Other:

    Unions offer unity, solidarity and a brother and sisterhood that is unequaled in other industries.  Know that through your Union Business Representative you can always be assured that you will have a voice.   Our leaders come from among our own ranks, so they are well versed on the workings of the organization.   Each Business Representative works on your behalf and will help you resolve work issues and will act as the liaison if needed.