Today’s Union affiliated business partnerships are much different from the past. We understand that our contractor partners expect and demand a high quality, competent, and best-trained labor force. We understand that to meet those expectations in today’s business environment, we must respond appropriately as business partners. Unions are committed to providing high quality service while helping to deliver high value, efficiency, and greater business success.
Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 109 contracting partners are among the most high profile, reputable, and successful contracting firms in the Northeast Ohio area. Our workforce represents some of the most highly trained and competent workers within the cement trade.
Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 109 believes in a strong labor management relationship. Besides regular contact with the contracting community the Union and its Association meet monthly to discuss industry concerns. Additionally, the Union is involved in Quality Construction Partnership (QCP) which is labor management meeting between affiliated unions and their Association partners, TCRLC AFL-CIO,OSBCT,HOFLC AFL-CIO,TCBCT, ECOBCT,OCPCM

A union affiliation can bring greater value to your business in several ways:

Recruitment and Benefit Administration

We handle all aspects of the costly labor recruitment process. Because we are a union, our members receive union benefits. Therefore, the cost of the benefits and the administration of them are our responsibility. This can also save you valuable administration fees.

Increased Levels of Productivity

We can deliver highly trained skilled labor that are expertly trained, drug tested, and supervised. Using our skilled, drug test, and trained labor force means that workers can directly contribute to greater productivity and, consequently, higher profits.

Elasticity of the Workforce

Again, this can directly contribute to your bottom line as your workforce can expand or contract to meet job and project needs. Whether a contractor is looking for additional help for 1 day or the entire season the Union works diligently to make sure the manpower requirements are fulfilled.


Trained skilled workers mean a more knowledgeable and competent workforce. Our members receive ongoing training in apprenticeship, journeyperson, and other specific and job-specific training programs.
In addition to Apprenticeship Training, Local 109 schedules a wide variety of Journeyman upgrading programs through the winter season. Schedules are sent to all Apprentices and Journeypersons as well as the contractors and Associations each year. Typical upgrading classes that are scheduled include but are not limited to OSHA 30 Hour certification, Infectious Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) certification, respirator training, CPR, First Aid and other hands on upgrading classes in conjunction with our industry partners.

Additional Business Development

Working with a union means that you have additional contracting and subcontracting opportunities available to you. In other words: more business potential. In short, we will bring you more opportunities for your company to grow.

Becoming a Union Contractor

Requirements to become a Plasterer or Cement Masons contractor are straightforward and uncomplicated. The contractor must become signatory to either a Building Trades or statewide Heavy and Highway Agreement depending on which part of the industry they perform work in. These Agreements stipulate that wages consistent with prevailing wage will be paid and the members’ benefits will be paid in a timely manner. All working rules and conditions are clearly spelled out in these Agreements. There is no upfront cost to become a signatory contractor. The Agreements are negotiated between the Union and our Association partners. The Building Trades Agreement is negotiated with the Construction Employer’s Association. These Agreements covers all aspects of the plastering and commercial concrete industry. The Heavy Highway Agreement is negotiated on a statewide level between all of the Cement Mason Local Unions in the State of Ohio and the Ohio Contractors Association. Links to the contractor associations, wage packages, fringe benefit forms and other pertinent information can be found under the Notices tab on this site.

Join as a Signatory Contractor

If you represent a licensed contractor and would like information on how to become signatory to OPCMIA Cement Masons Local 109, please complete and submit the following form.

Contractors Contact Form

If you are interested in a career as a Plasterer or Cement Mason, complete and submit this form. A representative of Local 109 will contact you shortly.