Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

The off the Job accident program has been a God's send for our injured members and helps them from digging a financial hole. There is a process  of educating the members, following up with the paperwork to the Trust Fund, insuring the member is paid. This extra time is on behalf of the Business Manager but it is worth it.

Michael L. Baker
Iron Workers District Council of North Central States




Ironworkers focus on mental health during awareness month


The statistics were stark: Ironworkers have one of the highest suicide rates among all professions, trailing only behind first responders and veterans. This reality spurred us into action. We couldn’t stand by while our colleagues and friends struggled silently.

Our initiative began with mentorship training sessions aimed at equipping our members to recognize signs of distress and connect individuals with vital resources before it’s too late. We’ve trained around 30 mentors, leaders throughout our unions who are now attuned to the mental health needs of our community.

 A key element of our program is TEAM, Local 8’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which we’ve rolled out to our entire union. This EAP, supported by our Health and Welfare Fund, offers access to licensed clinicians for issues ranging from addiction and grief to domestic abuse. It’s about erasing stigmas and providing comprehensive support.

In our apprenticeship program, each new apprentice is paired with a mentor who assists with job-related matters and provides support for personal challenges. This holistic approach aims to foster a culture of care and understanding at Local 8.

The result? Our efforts are paying off. Recent data from our trustee board meeting revealed that 11% of our membership is actively using the program — nearly triple the industry standard. This engagement speaks volumes about the impact these targeted efforts can have.

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