Industry leading wages & benefits

Since 1864, members of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association, the nation's oldest building trade, have organized workers and their community to the benefits of union membership. Many improvements for workers in our industry and country came about from their struggles.  The 40 hour work week, overtime, public education, prevailing wage laws, safety and health regulations, healthcare and retirement plans for workers, livable family wages and respect for our Trades all came about because of our collective strength as organized workers. Most union craftsmen know that just paying dues is not enough and boldly display their pride of workmanship and union membership.

Cement Mason Journeyman 


$44.43 an hour on pay check 

$18.04 an hour in benefits 

$62.47 Total Package

Plasterer Journeyman 

$41.33 an hour on pay check 

$18.09 an hour in benefits  

$59.42 Total Package

How To Join 


Experienced Cement Masons and  Plasterers wishing to join Local 528 can enter through our testing program. You must be legally able to work in the U.S.  Valid picture identification and valid social security card are necessary at the time of application.

The "test" is performing the work required by a contractor who has requested help for the day.

Testers are dispatched as work is available and are allowed to work for a specific contractor. The foreman/superintendent on the job will submit an evaluation to the union, indicating the testers skill level.  Testers are sent out to contractors in an effort to fairly judge the ability of the individual.

Cement Masons must test at a minimum level of 80% to enter the union directly, See our wage scale below. Those who do not test out at the minimum level should contact the Apprenticeship for information on their next "Survival Day" testing and selection procedure.

Plasterers must test at a minimum of Journey-level to enter the union immediately.  Those who do not test out at Journey-level can contact the Apprenticeship for information on how to join.

Those lacking the necessary skills to enter through the testing program, please go to the apprenticeship section of the website.

Do you have experience? Want to go straight to work?

Then fill out the TESTER FORM PDF and email to JPALACHUK@OPCMIALOCAL528.ORG - Make sure to check out the TOOL LIST.

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