International Union ofbricklayers-craftsmen
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers



Work Description

The trowel trades are a family of crafts that have in common their most basic tool – the trowel. Examples of the work performed by masonry craftworkers are all around you. Tile in your bathroom, brick in homes and schools, the stone used to build many churches, the concrete sidewalks you use everyday, plastering, terrazzo, marble work, and the restoring of older buildings and monuments are all performed by the trowel craftworkers.

Working Conditions

Work in the trowel trades crafts is a combination of both physical and mental activity. Work is performed both indoors and out, and sometimes at great heights. Manual dexterity is important and work can also be physically demanding, requiring stooping, lifting, and standing for long periods of time.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • 18 years old or high school graduate at age 17
  • Physically capable of performing the Trade
  • Recommended high school courses: basic math, general science, drafting, blueprint reading, shop courses.

Application Process

  • Apply to Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Submit high school transcript or GED
  • Interview with Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Take a letter of introduction to prospective employers for an interview

Terms of Apprenticeship

  •  3 years/ 4,680 hours of on –the-job training
  • 400 hours of related classroom instruction (paid)
  • 120 hours of night school on own time to include a first aid course
  • First 6 months are a probationary period
  • Wage scale systematically increases throughout the apprenticeship

For More Information:

Bricklayers and Allied Crafts District Council of Wisconsin
17125 W. Cleveland Ave., PO Box 510617, New Berlin, WI 53151-0617
Phone:  262-827-4080

Jim Vick, Director
Phone: 262-827-4080

Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Wisconsin Locals #3, #9, and #11

Andy Reed, Business Representative

Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Wisconsin Valley Local #6

Patric McCabe, Business Representative

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) is a labor union in the United States and Canada which represents bricklayers, restoration specialists, pointers/cleaners/caulkers, stonemasons, marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo mechanics, and tile, marble and terrazzo finishers. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and its Building and Construction Trades Department. It is also affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress in Canada.

The oldest, continuously operating trade union in North America[citation needed, BAC was founded in 1865 as the Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers International Union of America (BMPIU). It was established during a great wave of blue-collar union formation in the 1860s. The organization has changed its name several times during its history to reflect its changing membership: in 1884 to Bricklayers and Masons International Union to Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasterers International Union in 1910, and in 1995, its current name - International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), changing "craftsmen" to "craftsworkers."


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