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2nd Annual Construction Expo – August 5

CISCO and St. Paul Community Development Ministries (SPCDM) have partnered with 6 other organizations (more on this below) to provide the 2nd annual construction expo, which will be held Wednesday, August 5 from 8 a.m. – noon at SPCDM – 4550 S. Wabash Avenue in Chicago.

Spend the morning and bring the family to learn what it takes to make a career in one of many skilled union trades.  To register, click here, or call St. Paul Community Development Ministries at (773) 538-5120.

In addition to CISCO and SPCDM, this event is being co-sponsored by Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago & Cook County Building Trades, Exploring Program/Boy Scouts of America Affiliate, Chicago Federation of Labor, and Alderman Willie B. Cochran (20th Ward) of the City of Chicago.  For more details, click here.

Apprenticeship Informational Fair - July 20

Do you want to earn an apprenticeship, but need more information on how to apply or prepare?  Then come to the “Pathway to Apprenticeship” Informational Fair on Wednesday, July 20, from 1 – 3 p.m. at Dawson Technical Institute, 3901 State St. in Chicago.

CISCO has partnered with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, the Chicago and Cook County Building Trades Council, the Illinois AFL-CIO and City Colleges of Chicago to explain how best to navigate the application process.  For more information, as well as to learn about free transportation to the event, click here.  Questions: Call Johnetta Ryan with CISCO at 630-939-9011.

FCAI/FCAC and Fellow Sponsors Provide Right-To-Work & Prevailing Wage Seminar


Nearly 150 contractors, building trades employees and members of public bodies attended the May 19 seminar at the Westin Hotel in Lombard.  The attendees received a comprehensive look into the effects/workings of prevailing wage and potential right-to-work legislation.  Guest speakers were Frank Manzo IV, Policy Director, Illinois Economic Policy Institute; Wesley James, Labor Conciliator, Illinois Department of Labor; Marc Poulos, Executive Director, III-FFC; Robert Bruno, University of Illinois Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations; and Stephen Burton, Attorney, Felhaber Larson.

Pictured above: Mark Palmer (left) Executive Director, Finishing Contractors of Illinoi, and Marc Poulos, listen to one of many participant questions.  The panel of experts have all been recognized for their research in their respective areas of prevailing wage and “right-to-work”.  For more photos from the event, click here.

Treasurer Frerichs Delivers Pro Middle-Class Message During Annual Luncheon
MF-pod1Saying that “the path to long-term prosperity includes organized labor, apprenticeships and job training,” Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs provided a rousing keynote address promoting the benefits of prevailing wage, project labor agreements and higher education.
Frerichs added, “Project labor agreements are sound economic policy.  So is prevailing wage.  Prevailing wage supports families and the small businesses they patronize.  Prevailing wage builds communities and saves lives by making sure union workplace safety standards are followed.”
CISCO’s 27th Annual Luncheon was attended by approximately 265 guests.  To view more photos from the event, click here.


















CISCO’s “Last Swing” Golf Outing – Sept. 14 Save The Date – Start Planning Today! 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAStart planning your foursomes now for the annual shot-gun style outing and barbecue lunch, Monday, September 14, 2015 at Bloomingdale Golf Club, 181 Glen Ellyn Road.  The outing is still the best value and offers great prizes and networking fun. Registration and free practice range begins at 7:00 a.m. with golf beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Cocktails and lunch begins around 1:30 p.m.

There are also many ways to sponsor the outing.  Hole, Beverage Cart, Halfway House and Lunch sponsorships are available, as well as registration table and prize donations.  Click here to read about all the details.  And call us at 630-472-9411 to reserve your foursomes today!

2015 CISCO Scholarship Winners Receive Awards at CISCO’s 27th Annual Luncheon 

winners-4someCongratulations to the following students on winning CISCO’s 2015 scholarships:  Four-year award – Katelyn Castiglia – Buffalo Grove HS and Patrick Hosty – Brother Rice HS.  Two-year awards (Community College attendees) were Paige O’Brien – Hartsburg-Emden Jr. / Sr. High School and Jay Farkas – Carl Sandburg HS.
In the photo above, winners are (from left to right) Jay Farkas, Katelyn Castiglia, Patrick Hosty and Paige O’Brien.  For more details about the winners and where they plan to attend college, click here to read the press release.


May Communicator

CISCO’s latest Communicator (quarterly newsletter) has hit the streets, and is available to view online.  Click here to read the issue.










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