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New Jersey ADC To Host Food Drive

BAC/ADC of NJ Locals #4 & 5 is pleased to announce we will be hosting a food drive from now through December 2017. Receptacle will be set up in both Bordentown and Fairfield to drop off food when coming in to drop off steward reports, training, paying dues, monthly meeting etc. Below is a list of items that are acceptable to the food banks.

We thank you for your support!!

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2017 Summer Newsletter


From the Directors Desk of Rich Tolson:

Happy summer!  My hope for you and your families this summer is for full employment, safety,  health, and time to spend together!
 With that being said, I will let this edition of our Unions newsletter speak for itself. Featured in this edition is testimony to a couple of BAC giants who helped forge the standards we enjoy today. We also have a section on the future of our industry with the statewide apprentice contest. That can be seen on our Facebook page as well. We have also included efforts to protect the standards and conditions we have through the job actions our members have participated in. We can ALL be proud of the volunteer efforts we make from memorials to college scholarships to Diabetes research! These are all things that we should be proud of and should let everyone know we do. Here’s my point. So many in this country believe that Unions are the problem. That notion could not be further from the truth. We can’t be afraid to tell people that. Whether they are family or friends, we should always let them know how proud we are to belong to a Union. Organized Labor only represents approximately 12% of the workforce. If we are the problem, what the hell are the other 88% doing? I am tremendously proud to be the Director of this great Union and the members Brothers and Sisters,
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we represent. You should be proud of all you do as well. Don’t be afraid to share that pride with everyone you meet! In Solidarity,
Richard E. Tolson Director

Above is an exerpt from the director.. to see the entire newsletter please open the PDF link in the beginning of this article.

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Trades & Union Magazine Anniversary Addition

Trades & Union Magazine

It has been a year since the first issue!

The publication has doubled in size and is proud to tell stories on union members that would otherwise not be shared.

If you would like to see this 60 page edition dedicated to the hard working people who make up unions it is free and recommended. You can click on the link below or the image above. Enjoy.


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BACNJ Proudly Endorses Phil Murphy for Governor

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers/Administrative District Council of New Jersey today endorsed Phil Murphy to be the next Governor of New Jersey.

"Phil Murphy's support of apprentice programs, his belief in the health care and retirement benefits our Union offers, and his commitment to enforcement of labor laws to Level the Playing Field in the construction industry make Phil Murphy the best choice for our members" said Rich Tolson, Director of the Union.

"After eight years of being ignored, our members will have an understanding ear in Trenton" Tolson went on to say.

The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 6th, and we encourage all our members to GET OUT AND VOTE FOR PHIL MURPHY!

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Trades & Union Magazine

Trades and Union Magazine 

Women in labor leads this edition off.  Also, the value of building a young skilled labor force through apprenticeship programs.  Don't miss the rally for Sweeney, Local 19 fighter and Unions supporting St. Patrick's Day Parades.

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National Child Identification Program


The Child ID Kits are in.  Please contact your Local office to reserve kits for your children.  Additionally, we will have kits on-hand at our monthly meetings.

BAC Local/ADC Officers,

To help make sure our families and communities are as safe as possible, BAC is teaming up with the National Child Identification Program to provide the Child ID Kit to all members with children.

Information regarding the Child ID Kit has been published in our latest Journal and on the BAC website. It is your Local/ADC’s responsibility to notify the IU via email and let us know how many kits you estimate will be needed, so each household with children will receive one kit at no cost.  The IU will ship the kits to you to distribute within the next few weeks. Supplies are limited and based on the number of your Local/ADC members. Additional kits can be purchased through the National Child Identification Program directly.

Email your request for Child ID Kits to: rhaut@bacweb.org and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the IU at 202.383.3934.                


Gerard Scarano

BAC Executive Vice President

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Discounted Golf Memberships for Union Members!

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Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Philip Murphy visits the BACNJ

On Wednesday January 11th, Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy paid a visit to BACNJ's Administrative District Council Union Hall and Training Center in Bordentown. 

After spending some time with Officers and Field Staff, Murphy toured the facility and spent some time in the training center interacting with the apprentices. 

After 8 years of a Christie administration, BACNJ looks forward to working with a Governor who supports a department of Labor that is fully staffed and aggresive in their enforcement, supports and promotes the use of Project Labor Agreements, and encourages the benefits of apprenticeship training!

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New Silica Ruling

New Silica Rule offers a Simple Solution to a Deadly Problem

Statement by International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers President James Boland in Support of OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

April 19, 2016 – The International  Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) applauds OSHA for doing  what’s right for working people; creating healthier workplaces by updating the  silica standard is a simple solution to a deadly problem.

The current standard is  insufficient to protect construction workers. At the current permissible exposure  limit, 100% of construction workers will get sick or die from silica-related  illness over the course of a 40 year career. According to a CDC report issued  under President Bush, “deaths from inhalation of silica-containing dust can  occur after a few months' exposure.” 1 That is a fact that has been well-established, and we have seen the results of exposure  at permissible limits in the untimely illness of far too many bricklayers—union  and non-union alike. Even at the reduced permissible limit under the new rule,  a significant number of workers will become ill over the course of their  working lives, but it will go a long way toward improving the health and safety  of workers in this industry.

The new standard provides a  meaningful and practical way for employers and employees to comply with the  law. This is not complicated. Table one in the rule “matches common  construction tasks with dust control methods, so employers know exactly what  they need to do to limit worker exposures to silica. The dust control measures  listed in the table include methods known to be effective, like using water to  keep dust from getting into the air or using ventilation to capture dust. In  some operations, respirators may also be needed. Employers who follow Table 1  correctly are not required to measure workers’ exposure to silica and are not  subject to the permissible exposure limit.” 2  The remedies offered in the new standard are  simple: water and electricity are available on jobsites already, and most  equipment already comes with standard attachments for water or vacuum removal  methods.

Today’s hearing of the House Education and the  Workforce Committee is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to undermine  this much needed regulatory reform. Members of the BAC are committed to do  everything in our power to support the silica standard for the construction  industry and fight any effort to overturn or delay implementation of the rule.

We are very disappointed in today’s  effort by Congressional Republicans trying to undercut safety efforts in favor  of a few powerful interests. For decades, BAC has fought for reduced exposure  limits, and the science is behind us. Working people should not get sick and  die in return for a hard day’s work—especially when reasonable, feasible and  available measures exist to protect them. 

Congress would do well to remember  that the people exposed to this hazardous element expect that their elected  representatives will do what’s good for America, our communities and our  families. It is the right time to move this rule forward, and we expect our elected  leaders to do their jobs and lead.


  1. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3176.html
  2. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3681.pdf


The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest continuous union in North America and represents roughly 80,000 skilled masonry-trowel trades craftworkers in the United States and Canada, including bricklayers, tile setters, cement masons, plasterers, stone masons, marble masons, restoration workers, and terrazzo and mosaic workers.

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BAC SAVE & BAC Member Portal Information

Retirement Savings Fund Flyer.pdf

Members can monitor Retirement Savings Plans (RSP) electronically. If it is your first time, we suggest that you print the flyer above to get started. 

We now have a permanent link to this location under the MEMBERS tab in the menu above.

If you have never registered, it is easy to do! Keep track of your savings and plan your financial future.

NOTE: BAC SAVE 401K plans will access those accounts via WELLS FARGO ONLINE

Additionally, If you click on the Members tab a drop down will appear.  Click on the BAC Member Portal for 

access your records with International Union.

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