The Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) is a labor union representing skilled craftsmen and craftswomen in the plastering, cement masonry, and related finishing trades. Established in 1864, OPCMIA has a rich history of advocating for the rights and welfare of its members within the construction industry. The union’s focus lies in ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions, and professional development opportunities for its members.
OPCMIA’s history is intertwined with the evolution of construction practices and techniques. The union was initially formed to address the needs of plasterers, who played a vital role in shaping the aesthetics and structural integrity of buildings. Over the years, the scope of the union’s representation expanded to include cement masons and other finishing trades, reflecting the changing demands of the construction landscape.
Throughout its history, OPCMIA has been instrumental in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, which establish fair wages, benefits, and working conditions for its members. The union has been at the forefront of advocating for workplace safety measures and training programs that enhance the skills of its workforce. Additionally, OPCMIA has engaged in social and political efforts, championing labor rights, apprenticeship programs, and fair labor practices.
An experienced attorney can be of great use to OPCMIA members, particularly following a workplace injury, wrongful termination, civil rights violations, and other employment issues that may arise. At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have the skills and expertise to provide the best legal representation for all employment or union-related issue.
TYPES OF WORK DONE BY OPCMIA MEMBERS
Members of the Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) engage in a variety of specialized trades within the construction industry. These skilled craftsmen and craftswomen are trained in specific techniques to enhance the aesthetics and structural integrity of buildings. Some of the types of work done by OPCMIA members include:
- Cement Masonry
- Terrazzo and Tile Work
- Fireproofing and Acoustical Work
- Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
- Concrete Restoration
- Grouting and Caulking
- Stucco Work
- Resinous Flooring
- Specialty Finishes
Overall, OPCMIA members are highly trained professionals who contribute their expertise to various aspects of construction, from creating stunning decorative elements to ensuring the structural integrity and functionality of buildings.
ISSUES OPCMIA MEMBERS FACE
OPCMIA members may encounter a variety of issues where legal assistance can play a crucial role in safeguarding their rights and interests. These issues often necessitate the expertise of an employment lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law. Some, but not all, of the ways our attorneys can provide assistance to OPCMIAmembers include the following.
Workplace injuries can occur in nearly any profession. Injured union workers are likely eligible to file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, this process can be strenuous for those recovering from an injury. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can assist members with filing their claims, maximizing their compensation, and fighting any issues or disputes of an application.
Contract Negotiations and Enforcement
Labor lawyers can be instrumental in negotiating and drafting employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, and other legal documents that outline workers’ rights, wages, benefits, and working conditions. They help ensure that contracts are fair, equitable, and compliant with relevant labor laws. In case of contract violations, lawyers can help members pursue legal remedies to enforce their contractual rights.
Wage and Overtime Disputes
Lawyers can assist OPCMIA members facing wage and hour disputes, including issues related to unpaid wages, overtime pay, minimum wage violations, and misclassification as exempt employees. They can help workers recover unpaid wages and ensure that they receive fair compensation for their work.
Discrimination and Harassment Claims
When OPCMIA members experience discrimination or harassment based on factors such as race, gender, age, or disability, lawyers can guide them through the process of filing complaints with appropriate agencies and pursuing legal action against employers who engage in such unlawful behavior.
Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, and Whistleblower Protections
If OPCMIA members are wrongfully terminated without just cause or in violation of employment contracts, lawyers can help them explore legal avenues for seeking reinstatement, back pay, and other forms of compensation. If OPCMIA members face adverse actions from employers in response to their union involvement or other protected activities, lawyers can help them file retaliation claims and seek damages.
Members who uncover instances of employer misconduct or illegal activities can rely on legal protection as whistleblowers. Lawyers can provide guidance on how to report such instances, maintain job security, and seek legal remedies if retaliation occurs.
REPRESENTING OPCMIA MEMBERS IN ILLINOIS
The Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) is a large organization that is divided into several local chapters across the country. Illinois is serviced by the following local chapters of OPCMIA:
- Local 11
- Local 18
- Local 90
- Local 143
- Local 502
At Disparti Law Group Accident & Injury Lawyers, we know how important it is for OPCMIA union members to have legal support when issues arise at work such as accidents, injuries, and contract negotiations. Whatever the case, you should not have to go it alone. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for a FREE consultation to discuss your situation.