1. Does Local 534 offer a training program?
Yes, through the Local 534 Joint Apprentice and Training Committee we not only incorporate the apprenticeship curriculum for Plasterers and Cement Masons we constantly offer Journeymen upgrading on a wide variety of new products and certification.
2. What about safety?
Safety training certification classes are offered on a regular basis at no cost to the attendee in partnership with our Labor Management Co-operation fund along with any educational opportunity concerning our crafts.
3. How many members are in Local 534?
Local 534 offers a large pool of skilled, professional Plasterers and Cement Masons. Presently there are 400 members of Local 534 serving signatory contractors wherever they are required.
4. How skilled and professional are your members?
Local 534 members enjoy a reputation of quality and productivity. The Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International is Americas oldest building and construction trades international union organized in 1864. Recently we have instituted a new Code of Conduct nation wide to promote Pride in Craftsmanship and Customer Satisfaction. It is our commitment to establish and maintain a firm business partnership locally as well as nationally. Superior work ethic remains a priority for this union, through superior supervision at the jobsite.
5. What about Benefit Administration?
Along with the hourly wage rate Local 534 has established a comprehensive benefit package through collective bargaining.
Union benefits include:
Health & Welfare Fund
Deferred Income (Annuity Fund)
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Fund
Labor-Management Co-Operation Fund
Apprenticeship Training Fund
Building Trades Employers Association Industry Fund
All of which are administered in house through the Boston Plasterers' & Cement Masons Local 534 Trust Funds by Executive Director Harry C. Brousaides at the Funds Office.
6. Do you only reach out to General Contractors or Sub Contractors?7. Is organizing our only motive/goal?
Not at all, we constantly engage in contacting:
Municipalities/ School Committees
As well as Contractors Union and Non Union
No. We are attempting to market our craft to the public, offering top line skills, improved productivity and profitability. Recruiting and organizing are important but Local 534 takes a selective approach to organizing. We take into consideration- qualifications, positive attitude, professional behavior, pride in our crafts and brother craftsmen.
8. Why join a union?
When you belong to a union, you have rights under the law that you do not have as an individual. Once you become a union member you shall have the opportunity to build a better future for yourself and your family.
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