Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



More millennials joining local labor unions

Millennial Ironworkers

PADUCAH, KY - Labor Day is about honoring the American worker. According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials — ages 18 to 34 — are now the largest generation in the workforce.

Doug Wallace, 22, is a proud member of the Iron Workers Union. Right now, he's studying as an apprentice at Local 782 in Paducah, learning the ins and outs of the steel industry. It's his fourth and final year in the program. Before joining, Wallace did non-union work for two years.

"The union, to me, is a lot better," says Wallace. "It helps a person out, and you're a whole lot safer there."

Iron Workers Local 782 Business Agent Philip Orr says work is peaking, and a lot of millennials are joining the Iron Workers apprenticeship program.

"Our membership feels like it's busting at the seems," says Orr.

In the last three years, Orr says the program has nearly doubled in size, and their current training facility isn't big enough. He says they're building an 8,000-square-foot expansion across the street.

"You have more opportunities here," says Wallace.

Wallace says the Iron Workers are like one big family.

On Monday, Wallace and the other members walked in Paducah's Labor Day parade as a thank you to the union members who came before them.

Read the WPSD Local 6 story



    Project of the Year Award recognizes contractors who achieve outstanding SAFETY performance. Contractors and their Ironworkers complete countless, complex projects throughout the United States and Canada each year and truly deserve to be recognized nationally for their amazing efforts and dedication.

    Read more

Member Sign-In

Iniciar sesión - Miembros