BAC represents an array of skilled workers who practice the crafts of bricklaying, plastering, tile setting, stone, marble and cement masonry and terrazzo and mosaic work. These craftsmen also conduct pointing/cleaning/caulking, restoration and refractory work.
The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft workers' apprenticeship and training system is widely recognized for producing highly skilled craft workers. Through Local union programs and those offered through the International Masonry Institute, BAC members and contractors have access to training opportunities unmatched in the masonry industry.
These training programs are jointly funded by labor and management through collectively bargained contributions. These contributions are evidence of BAC's and its signatory contractors' commitment to develop highly skilled masonry craft workers.
You earn while you learn the trade. Union journeymen bricklayers earn wages and fringe benefits that are negotiated on their behalf by the union through collective bargaining with signatory contractors. Some apprenticeship programs partner with community colleges to offer college credit for apprenticeship classes.
Wages vary according to the geographic location of the local union. The average starting wage for 1st year apprentices is 40 - 50% of the Journeyman's wage rate plus fringe benefits. Your earnings are adjusted annually to reflect your advancing skills and increasing knowledge of the trade.
BAC craft workers build, repair and renovate structures, and portions of structures that are made of brick and other clay products, structural tile, concrete, cement, stone, marble, glassblock, terra cotta, tile, terrazzo, plaster, mosaics, castables and artificial masonry units made of any material. Their work includes laying and setting installation or application of all such materials and the preparation of all structures or components to receive such materials. The skilled crafts represented by the BAC, often called the trowel trades, are Bricklaying and Block Laying, Concrete Masonry, Plastering, Pointing, Caulking and Restoration, Refractory and Industrial Masonry, Stone and Marble Masonry, Terrazzo Work, Tile Laying and Mosaic Work.
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