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2014 State Apprenticeship Contest
2014 State Apprenticeship Contest
2014 State Apprenticeship Contest
Scout Camp Spring 2014
Scout Camp Spring 2014
Simmons Baseball Park Fall 2013
MSOE Masonry Days Fall 2013
MSOE Masonry Days 2013
UWM Masonry Studio Fall 2013
UWM Masonry Studio Days Fall 2013
BAC District Council Lobby Floor Spring 2013
BAC District Council Lobby Floor Spring 2013
September 2014


Pictured from Left from Right: Steve Bailey, Henry Kramer, Jeff Leckwee, Gary Burns (Director as of August 2014), Mike Hawthorne

2014 - 2015 Wage Rates 
for ALL locals have been posted!

*UPDATED as of July 21, 2014* 2014 - 2015 Wage Rates
have been posted for the following Locals:

Local 1, Locals 3, 9, & 11, Local 6, Local 7,
Local 13 , Local 19, Local 21, Local 34

Benefit Plan Administration (BPA)
Client Access

If you have a question about your health insurance, dollar bank, or pension through the BPA/WI Masons Benefit Funds please go to their website at and follow these instructions to login to your personal information:

  • At the homepage click on "Client Access"
  • Enter the Login ID and password (case sensitive)
    Login ID: WIMasons    Password: trowel

  • Scroll down to "LINKS" on the left hand side at the BPA Client Access page
  • Under "LINKS" click on "NETime"
  • At the Login page enter your Username and Password (if you do not have a user name or password click on the "Request User Name" link to create one)


May 2014


Over 2,000 hours

1st Place: Rick Brosig, Local 3

2nd Place: Josh Wolf, Local 9

Under 2,000 hours

1st Place: Pete Luedtke, Local 13

2nd Place: Matt Burt, Local 9

IU Launches Online Member Portal

In early May, the International Union launched its new Member Portal, a secure, web-based system where U.S. and Canadian members can review their membership information online.

First-time visitors will be asked to create a free login account. Once a member has successfully registered, he/she will be able to access the following:

  • Demographic and contact information;
  • IU membership information;
  • IU death benefit information including beneficiary designations;
  • Recent work history;
  • Reciprocal information including blanket authorization forms and transfer history; and
  • A section to securely upload pertinent forms and documents.

The Member Portal can be accessed by clicking on the Member Portal banner on BAC’s homepage at First time visitors should look for “Create an Account”, then follow the instructions to register. Before starting, have your IU membership card available for reference and make sure you have an active email account. Once registered, securely note your username and password for future use. As part of the registration process, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. You must click on this link in order to activate your registration and log in to the Portal.

The “Registration FAQ” section offers guidance on everything from creating an account to logging in to recovering a password and more. In addition, handy “tip” icons, strategically located throughout the site, dispense helpful information with the click of the mouse.

Suggestions and feedback are welcome and should be sent to


UWM Masonry Studio

Nationally Recognized in SMART Dynamics of Masonry - Read Below!

Masonry Studio Engages a New Generation of Architects
By: Pat Conway, AIA

In architecture schools today, masonry shares precious class time with materials that are perceived as new, rare or exotic, translucent concrete, for example. Then, students graduate, go to work in a design firm and are asked by their firm to work on a brick and/or block building. Frequently, these youngprofessionals have little idea how to begin because not enough creative or practical masonry instruction was provided. The goal with the Masonry Studio class at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) is to alter this situation by producing generations of students who understand masonry and have an appreciation for what it can accomplish. These are the future architects who will be familiar with masonry options and solutions when their clients ask for a building to provide appropriate service life or last hundreds of years...

CLICK HERE to read on.

For more information about the UWM Masonry Studio please click on this link:

Listen for the BAC District Council of WI
radio ad on the


Monday Thru Friday Show
Green & Gold Post Game Show
Football Preview Show


The Zone Sports Radio - 106.7 FM - 1670 AM        1250 Sports Radio Milwaukee        Fox Sports Radio 1390 AM        SPORTS RADIO 570 AM

92.3 ESPN Radio Marshfield       WKTY Sports - AM 580        NewsTalk 790 WAYY Eau Claire        WNFL 1440 Green Bay
WVRQ - Viroqua 1360 AM           95.3 WSCO Appleton Sports Radio           WHOH, Rhinelander Sportsradio 96.5


If you would like to pay your dues
by credit or debit card please call the BAC District Council Office
at (262) 827-4080 x103.


The following tools are available for purchase at the BAC Tool Room

Smith and Crick Levels (48" - 42" - 36" - 24" -18"), Brick Hammers, Fredrick S Irons, Barrel Jointers and Barrels, Sled Runners, Line Holders, Rose Trowels, Tuck Pointers, Brushes, Stick Rule/Mod, Space, Joint Raker/Skate, Respirator 3M, Filter, Lens Covers

Please contact your Business Agent
for more information about purchasing tools

Advanced Masonry Training


Classes are FREE to members. All classes are held in Bowie, Maryland. Please contact your Business Agent for more information or click on the Advanced Masonry Training tab for a list of classes.

Donating Time and Talent
at the Simmons Field Baseball Stadium in Kenosha, WI

In November 2013, Local 4 offered to help defray some of the cost at the Simmons Field Baseball Stadium by donating their time and talent. John Camosy of Camosy Construction took them up on their generous offer and 200 hours of work were completed by the Bricklayers. Simmons Baseball Stadium is called home by various high school, recreational and amateur baseball teams.

Pictured left to right: Rick Szymanski (Business Agent Local 5), Mark Graf (Training Instructor), Bill Bonlender (Business Agent Local 8), Jeff Leckwee (BAC District Council of WI Director), Gary Burns (Business Agent Locals 4 & 7), and Mike Williams (Training Instructor). Not pictured: Mike Pogorzelski.

IMI, National Geographic and the Great Cathedral Mystery

IMI National Training Director Robert Arnold along with other IMI staff were sponsored by National Geographic to help construct a scaled down version of Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence, Italy for a program on the engineering of the world's largest brick dome.

Watch the episode below.

Local 7 Meeting Date Changed

The Local 7 July meeting date has been changed from Thursday, July 3rd to Thursday, July 10th at 6:00pm. Location: VFW Center Ave.

Local 8 New Field Representative

Please welcome Bill Bonlender, the new Field Representative for Local 8. You can reach Bill at: OFFICE: (262) 827-4080 CELL: (262) 424-6456 EMAIL: bbonlender@bacwi.

Advanced Masonry Training!

New classes are regularly being posted! For class information click on Advanced Training in the menu bar.

Wisconsin Vision savings for union members

Wisconsin Vision's Special Rates For Union Members!!   UNION SERVICE MEMBERS RETAIL COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM $39.00 $59.00 FRAME $34.00 up to $79.

What IMI is teaching Building Inspectors

Make sure you know what building inspectors are looking for! Click on the link below

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