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May 30, 2016
Action Center
What's New at DCTC
Fidelty Investment Fund
**ATTENTION POINTERS, CLEANERS AND CAULKERS** We will be having a seminar to discuss your Local 52 Fidelity Investment Fund on Monday, March 14th, 2016 at 1:00pm. Fidelity Reps will be here to discuss how to get the most out of your annuity for your retirement, how to set up your account online, and the different investments available to members. No reservations needed. Read More...
JE Tomes - Concrete Repair & Resurfacing Demonstration
JE Tomes, a concrete repair and resurfacing company, will be conducting a demonstration on installation of their products on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 8:00am – 12:00pm at the District Council Training Center. The outline will include patch prep for structural concrete repair, concrete repair with a form and pour product and structural concrete repair with a trowel applied product. Read More...
Cheryl and Dale Best Wishes on your retirements!
The end of 2015 is a new beginning for Cheryl Johnston and Dale Eldridge.  Cheryl has been on the DCTC staff for 13 years.  Her dedication and hard work has helped make the DCTC what it is today.  If you ever called the training center, you probably talked to Cheryl.  Dale is retiring after 38 years of service as a Bricklayer. Read More...
$25 NO SHOW CHARGE for Safety Training Classes
NO SHOWS When a member signs up for safety or other training and doesn’t show up, we end up having to schedule more classes which is a drain on the Training Center’s resources. Beginning January 1, 2016 there will be a $25 penalty for any member that fails to show up for class. There will be no penalty for cancelations with 24 or more hours’ notice. Read More...
QR Card - (Safety Training Card)
QR Card – (Safety Training Card) The DCTC is going digital. Beginning January 1, 2016, any BAC member that attends training classes will be issued an IMI Training Verification Card that contains a QR Code. Cards will no longer list each individual training course or certification but will contain a QR Code that will open and reveal the data. Read More...
2016 Winter Safety & Training Schedule

Winter safety training will be starting soon.
Download: Winter Training Schedule.pdf
SpecMix 500 Regional

Steve Cleveland wins title of Chicago Area's Best Bricklayer!
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2015 International Apprentice Contest

Congratulations to all five of the ADC1 Apprentices who competed in the  2015 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest. The event  was held at the International Training Center in Bowie, MD on September 11 and 12, 2015.
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The District Council Training Center is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Bricklayer Pre-Apprentice Program. Documents needed with application are a valid Driver's License, a birth certificate, Social Security Card, $20.00 application fee which helps defray the cost of the aptitude test, and a High school Diploma or G.E.D. if you have it is recommended.
Tile Setters

Become an ACT Certified Tile Installer The Advanced Certification for Tile Installers (ACT) is designed to test an installers knowledge in five specific areas. Large Format Tile, Membranes, Mud Floors, Mud Walls and Shower Receptors. The installer may choose to become certified in one or more these areas.
Welding Classes

Welding Class Openings Expand your employment opportunities by broadening your skills and become a certified welder. The DCTC is offering welding training and certification to bricklayers and tuckpointers. There are limited openings in our upcoming Welding Classes. Call the office for class dates.
Monthly Apprentice Reports

The monthly apprentice report is now available in the download section of our website in excel format. You can save the spreadsheet to your computer and email the form to Don Walker at

Foreman Training

  DCTC is offering Foreman Training. This Program is designed to provide a comprehensive outreach program of higher instruction and education to current or potential supervisory personnel of mason contractor’s signatory to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.
Fireplace Class

Fireplace Class
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Grout Certification / Flashing Upgrade

Grout: The course covers various grouting consolidation techniques, code requirements, inspection procedures, quality control, safety and ASTM standards. Craftworkers get a solid understanding of grout, reinforced masonry and proper installation.

Flashing: Dicuss building code requirements, the responsibility of the installer, availability and advantages of the systems and materials, specific functions of flashings, weep vents, drainage planes, air spaces and masonry units as related to the wall performance.

Call the office at 630-953-0835 to check when classes will be forming.  Seating is limited. 8 hour class


The following changes have been made to the Illinois Administrative District Council Safety Training Policy:

OSHA classes will expire 4 years after completion date

Refresher classes are now scheduled; these classes will consist of OSHA, Scaffold, Fall Protection and Silica Awareness refresher class all in one 8 hour day. The classes will cover both OSHA 10 and OSHA 30. If a member has a current scaffold card that is expiring soon this refresher will update all 4 classes. These cards are for all of the trowel trade represented by the ADC.

Members MUST have previously attended a minimum of OSHA 10 and Scaffold User

BUY AMERICAN, Keep us working

While doing your shopping this year; whether it be that new car, clothing or toys for the kids. Keep in mind to look for Made in America products by American Companies. Below are a few websites that sell and promote American and Union made products. http://blog.aflcio.

Work is slow, but now is the time for BAC members to update their Safety Training classes. Our Safety Training schedule is in the "Events Calendar" tab on our website. Please call our office to reserve a seat in the many classes scheduled in the upcoming months. NOTE: OSHA 30 Hour Saturday classes are now 4 consecutive Saturdays (New OSHA Regulations)

Membership Tool Sales

For the good of the membership, the District Council Training Center is now selling trade specific tools to our members at a low price. We have tools from Marshalltown, Kraft, Crick and Smith Level. We have just signed up with ProKnee to provide members a discount for new kneepads and the chance to rebuild your old kneepads at a discounted price.

Apprenticeship Application Process

Download: Appendix D 2010.pdf , Master Application 2012.pdf

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