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.



Apprentice Training: It Works


Erick Garay at his office.

New York, NY –  “One of my goals is to get everybody together; a lot of people think the unions are hard to get into,” Ironworkers Local 197 Apprentice Erick Garay tells LaborPress. “But I want people to realize — I’m Hispanic. I’m 36-years-old, and I made it — you can, too.”

The Bronx father of three — one of LaborPress’ Outstanding Apprentices of the Year recently honored at the District Council of Carpenters HQ at 395 Hudson Street, is part of a group of minority workers that constitute roughly 43-percent of all those currently participating in apprenticeship programs across the state. Unions now account for 36-percent of the 752 training programs operating statewide, the rest are non-union.

“It’s not just for some people — it could be for a lot of people, Garay says. “We’re fighting for people to join us. To be part of us, because if you’re part of us, nobody’s going to be able to stop us.”

Leah Rambo, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28 Training Director, bought a house during the final year of her Union Apprenticeship — something almost unheard of at the time for a 24-year-old woman of color without a college degree. 

“I owe it to my Union training,” Rambo says. “The training a labor union provides extends further than just getting the job done. We are focused on building and reinvesting in the same communities we have served for over 100 years. Safety is our priority; we consistently have fewer accidents on the job, dispose of materials according to the latest regulations, and protect pedestrians from falling debris. Our members are as diverse as the city itself. The wages and benefits we receive help to close racial, ethnic and gender wage gaps.”

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