Labor Day Message from President Volpentesta

Dear Union Brothers & Sisters:

As the Labor Day holiday approaches, and as your President of BAC District Council 1 of Illinois, I am requesting that at some point over this holiday weekend that you, and all of our ADC members, pause for a moment to reflect on where you've been and where you are going in support of the labor movement and the ADC.

I would like to ask that you reflect on the accomplishments of our past union leaders and workers who were there before us - and then consider what lies ahead of us as union members.  A few examples are making your monthly union meetings, supporting job site pickets by other union trades, volunteering to work a picket line for our ADC to help fight for our industry, obeying the working rules of our ADC Constitution -- are just to name a few examples.

Let's look at what our previous union leaders have accomplished during the past century and what they fought so hard for and what we benefit from today - better wages, safe working conditions, an 8-hour workday, a 40-hour work week, overtime pay, healthcare, pension and annuity benefits and opportunities through training and apprenticeship programs.

In fact, in case you are not aware, we are part of the oldest continuously operating trade union in North America - The "Bricklayers Union."  The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers was founded in 1865 during a great wave of blue-collar union formation in the 1860s.

Over the years, the International and the Locals have focused on creating coalitions with management partners and community groups to expand work prospects for union members and signatory contractors, but the battle to maintain and improve the workplace and job opportunities continues.

So, enjoy the holiday weekend with your family members.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the next in-person meetings:

Local 74 - September 9th

Local 56 - September 21st

Local 21 - September 28th.

In Solidarity,

President Michael Volpentesta