Dear Jim Vick and Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 13,
Thank you for your generous donation to St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Thank you for assembling the team of five masons that donated a full day of labor and shared their knowledge and skill, along with their equipment, to help attach the decorative stone and set the cap on the church sign, which has had a profound impact on the community. But more importantly, your donation has had a profound impact on me personally.
What has impressed me the most is how individuals like you have rallied to support me on my projects. There are two projects that I’m working on, this project, to build a new Church sign which I started 12 months ago, and the other project, to become an Eagle Scout which I’ve been working on for the past 11 years.
When I reached the Scouting rank of Life my Scout Leaders inspired me by sharing with me the words of wisdom from legendary hall-of-fame basketball coach John Wooden that he shared with his team,
“It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.”
THANK YOU Jim and Local 13 for helping me to finish what I started 11 years ago!
Life Scout – Order of the Arrow Represented for Troop 145
DOLLAR BANK, HEALTH INSURANCE
& PENSION FUND INFORMATION
BPA/WI Masons Benefit Funds Client Access
If you have a question about your health insurance, dollar bank, or pension through the BPA/WI Masons Benefit Funds please go to their website at www.bpalja.com and follow these instructions to login to your personal information:
At the homepage click on "Client Access"
Enter the Login ID and password (case sensitive) Login ID:WIMasons Password:trowel
Scroll down to "LINKS" on the left hand side at the BPA Client Access page
Under "LINKS" click on "NETime"
At the Login page enter your Username and Password (if you do not have a user name or password click on the "Request User Name" link to create one)
BPA/WI MASONS BENEFIT FUNDS CAN BE CONTACTED AT: (800) 236-1272
BUILDING TRADES PENSION FUND
INFORMATION FOR LOCALS 5 & 8
Building Trades Pension Fund Client Access
If you are a Local 5 or Local 8 member and you have a question about your pension through the Building Trades Pension Fund please go to their website at www.thepensionfund.com and follow these instructions to login to your personal information:
At the homepage click on "Login for your Personal Benefits"
If you have a User Name and Password enter it
If you do not have a User Name and Password click on "Request User Name" and enter your Name, Social Security Number, Date of Birth, and your Zip Code
BUILDING TRADES PENSION FUND CAN BE CONTACTED AT: (262) 784-7880
In early May, the International Union launched its new Member Portal, a secure, web-based system where U.S. and Canadian members can review their membership information online.
First-time visitors will be asked to create a free login account. Once a member has successfully registered, he/she will be able to access the following:
Demographic and contact information;
IU membership information;
IU death benefit information including beneficiary designations;
Recent work history;
Reciprocal information including blanket authorization forms and transfer history; and
A section to securely upload pertinent forms and documents.
The Member Portal can be accessed by clicking on the Member Portal banner on BAC’s homepage at www.bacweb.org. First time visitors should look for “Create an Account”, then follow the instructions to register. Before starting, have your IU membership card available for reference and make sure you have an active email account. Once registered, securely note your username and password for future use. As part of the registration process, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. You must click on this link in order to activate your registration and log in to the Portal.
The “Registration FAQ” section offers guidance on everything from creating an account to logging in to recovering a password and more. In addition, handy “tip” icons, strategically located throughout the site, dispense helpful information with the click of the mouse.
To view the current wage rate sheets for a specific Local please click on the WAGES tab
STATE LOCALS JURISDICTIONS
To view a WI map of each Local's jurisdiction click on the State Locals tab and open the PDF file at the bottom of that page.
Pay your dues by credit or debit card - call the BAC District Council Office at (262) 827-4080 x103.
Receive dues payment receipts - email your request along with your name and email address to email@example.com
BAC TOOL ROOM
The following tools are available for purchase at the BAC Tool Room
Smith and Crick Levels (48" - 42" - 36" - 24" -18"), Brick Hammers, Fredrick S Irons, Barrel Jointers and Barrels, Sled Runners, Line Holders, Rose Trowels, Tuck Pointers, Brushes, Stick Rule/Mod, Space, Joint Raker/Skate, Respirator 3M, Filter, Lens Covers
Please contact your Business Agent
for more information about purchasing tools
STATE APPRENTICESHIP CONTEST WINNERS
Over 2,000 hours
1st Place: Rick Brosig, Local 3
2nd Place: Josh Wolf, Local 9
Under 2,000 hours
1st Place: Pete Luedtke, Local 13
2nd Place: Matt Burt, Local 9
CONGRATULATIONS TO JEFF LECKWEE ON HIS RETIREMENT
AS OF AUGUST 1, 2014!
Pictured from Left from Right: Steve Bailey, Henry Kramer, Jeff Leckwee, Gary Burns (Director as of August 2014), Mike Hawthorne
Donating Time and Talent
at the Simmons Field Baseball Stadium in Kenosha, WI
In November 2013, Local 4 offered to help defray some of the cost at the Simmons Field Baseball Stadium by donating their time and talent. John Camosy of Camosy Construction took them up on their generous offer and 200 hours of work were completed by the Bricklayers. Simmons Baseball Stadium is called home by various high school, recreational and amateur baseball teams.
Pictured left to right: Rick Szymanski (Business Agent Local 5), Mark Graf (Training Instructor), Bill Bonlender (Business Agent Local 8), Jeff Leckwee (BAC District Council of WI Director), Gary Burns (Business Agent Locals 4 & 7), and Mike Williams (Training Instructor). Not pictured: Mike Pogorzelski.
IMI, National Geographic and the Great Cathedral Mystery
IMI National Training Director Robert Arnold along with other IMI staff were sponsored by National Geographic to help construct a scaled down version of Brunelleschi's Dome in Florence, Italy for a program on the engineering of the world's largest brick dome.
Watch the episode below.
UWM Masonry Studio
Nationally Recognized in SMART Dynamics of Masonry - Read Below!
Masonry Studio Engages a New Generation of Architects
By: Pat Conway, AIA
In architecture schools today, masonry shares precious class time with materials that are perceived as new, rare or exotic, translucent concrete, for example. Then, students graduate, go to work in a design firm and are asked by their firm to work on a brick and/or block building. Frequently, these youngprofessionals have little idea how to begin because not enough creative or practical masonry instruction was provided. The goal with the Masonry Studio class at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) is to alter this situation by producing generations of students who understand masonry and have an appreciation for what it can accomplish. These are the future architects who will be familiar with masonry options and solutions when their clients ask for a building to provide appropriate service life or last hundreds of years...
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