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December 22, 2014
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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
December 2014

A PDF file of the Local 5 Tile Wage Rate Sheet
for January 5, 2015 - May 31, 2015
can be found by clicking on the Wages tab.


                    

                                                                                     November 8, 2014


Dear Jim Vick and Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 13,
 

Thank you for your generous donation to St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Thank you for assembling the team of five masons that donated a full day of labor and shared their knowledge and skill, along with their equipment, to help attach the decorative stone and set the cap on the church sign, which has had a profound impact on the community. But more importantly, your donation has had a profound impact on me personally.

What has impressed me the most is how individuals like you have rallied to support me on my projects. There are two projects that I’m working on, this project, to build a new Church sign which I started 12 months ago, and the other project, to become an Eagle Scout which I’ve been working on for the past 11 years.

When I reached the Scouting rank of Life my Scout Leaders inspired me by sharing with me the words of wisdom from legendary hall-of-fame basketball coach John Wooden that he shared with his team,

“It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.”

THANK YOU Jim and Local 13 for helping me to finish what I started 11 years ago!

Sincerely,

Jack Poirier

Life Scout – Order of the Arrow Represented for Troop 145

                                   

        

 

CONGRATULATIONS RICK SZYMANSKI
on your retirement!

WELCOME NEW LOCAL 5 FIELD REPRESENTATIVE
Mike Hyatt
(414) 477-0288

 


NEW OSHA REPORTING
OSHA's new reporting goes into effect January 1, 2015.

For more information
please click on the OSHA tab
or visit OSHA's recordkeeping and reporting page at:



http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html


COLD STRESS
Workers who are exposed to extreme cold
or work in cold environments
may be at risk of cold stress.

For more information
please click on the Downloads tab
or visit the CDC website at:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/coldstress/default.html


2014 AWARDS PHOTOS

Local 3

Pictured from left to right (front row): Melvin Vandevelde (25 Year Award), Art Nuthals (40 Year Award), Mike Meunier (25 Year Award), John Zellner (President of Local 3).

Pictured from left to right (back row): Randy Weytens (Local 3 Business Agent), Don Georgia (50 Year Award), Dave Blohowiak (40 Year Award).

Local 4

Pictured from left to right: Brian Poikonen (25 Year Award), Louis Palermo (25 Year Award), Daniel Binstock (25 Year Award), Anthony Rossi (40 Year Award), Craig Heckel (Local 4 Business Agent)


DOLLAR BANK, HEALTH INSURANCE
& PENSION FUND INFORMATION


BPA/WI Masons Benefit Funds 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 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)

BPA/WI MASONS BENEFIT FUNDS CAN BE CONTACTED AT: (800) 236-1272

VISIT THE BPA/WI MASONS WEBSITE AT:
http://www.bpalja.com


BUILDING TRADES PENSION FUND
INFORMATION FOR LOCALS 5 & 8

Building Trades Pension Fund Client Access

If you are a Local 5 or Local 8 member and you have a question about your pension through the Building Trades Pension Fund please go to their website and follow these instructions to login to your personal information:

  • At the homepage click on "Login for your Personal Benefits"
     
  • If you have a User Name and Password enter it
     
  • If you do not have a User Name and Password click on "Request User Name" and enter your Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and your Zip Code

BUILDING TRADES PENSION FUND CAN BE CONTACTED AT: (262) 784-7880

VISIT THE PENSION FUND WEBSITE AT:
http://www.thepensionfund.com


INTERNATIONAL UNION
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION

Ineternational Union members can review their membership information online
by accessing the Member Portal (under What's New) at the International Union website

First-time visitors will be asked to create a free login account.

  • Have your IU membership card available for reference
  • Have an active email account address
  • Click on "Create an Account"
  • Follow the instructions to register
  • Securely note your username and password for future use
  • You will receive an email with a confirmation link - click on this link in order to activate your account
     

As a registered member you 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
  • A section to securely upload pertinent forms and documents
     

                             

VISIT THE INTERNATIONAL UNION WEBSITE AT:
http://www.bacweb.org


BAC BATES SCHOLARSHIP

Three students, whose parents or stepparents are U.S. BAC members, are selected annually to receive a stipend of $2,500 per year for up to four years. The program is open to sons and daughters of U.S. members who are now in their junior year of high school, and who have taken the standardized “PSAT” exam in October 2014.

The U.S. Bates Scholarship application deadline is February 28, 2015. Again, students must be juniors in high school at the time they apply. Students apply for the Bates Scholarship during the first half of their junior high school year and are notified if they are selected in March of their senior year.

To access full details about the program
please click on the Downloads tab or visit the International Union website at:

http://bacweb.org/train_edu_safety/education/bates/bates_us.php


MOCK-UP CONSTRUCTION

November 12, 2014

UW-Milwaukee

410 Masonry Studio

To view photos of this event please click on the Downloads tab
and select the file titled “Mock-Up Construction November 2014”


2014 - 2015 WAGE RATE 
INFORMATION

To view the current wage rate sheets for a specific Local please click on the WAGES tab

STATE LOCALS JURISDICTIONS

To view a WI map of each Local's jurisdiction click on the State Locals tab and open the PDF file at the bottom of that page. 

DUES PAYMENTS

Pay your dues by credit or debit card - call the BAC District Council Office at (262) 827-4080 x103.

Receive dues payment receipts - email your request along with your name and email address to bacoffice@bacwi.org

BAC TOOL ROOM

For a complete list of tools available for purchase
please click on the Downloads tab and select the BAC Tool Sales document

Please contact your Business Agent
for more information about purchasing tools


NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL

APPRENTICESHIP CONTEST 2015

MAY 30, 2015

Brick, Tile & Plaster

District Council Training Center

Addison, IL

JUNE 6, 2015

Cement, Marble, PCC & Terrazzo

OH/KY Administrative District Council

Batavia, Ohio

JUNE 13, 2015

Stone

WI Administrative District Council

New Berlin, WI


CONGRATULATIONS TO JEFF LECKWEE ON HIS RETIREMENT
AS OF AUGUST 1, 2014!

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


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.


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:
http://wma-online.org/wma/news-events/uwm-masonry-studio/


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

BILL MICHAELS SPORTS TALK NETWORK

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

 


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Advanced Masonry Training!

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

Wisconsin Vision savings for union members

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What IMI is teaching Building Inspectors

Make sure you know what building inspectors are looking for! Click on the link below
Download: MASONRY INSPECTION CHECKLIST 09 nov20.doc

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