Bricklayers Local 8
Learn about the Bricklayers building trade, job information, and how to start your new career.
Bricklayers Job Overview
Bricklayers and stonemasons work in closely related trades producing attractive, durable surfaces and structures such as commercial, industrial and residential buildings. The work they perform varies in complexity, from laying a simple masonry walkway to installing the ornate exterior of a high-rise building. Bricklayers build walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures with brick, precast masonry panels, concrete block and other masonry materials.
Some specialize in installing firebrick linings in industrial furnaces. Stonemasons build stone walls, as well as set stone exteriors and floors. They work with two types of stone – natural cut, such as marble, granite, and limestone and artificial stone made from concrete, marble chips or other masonry materials. Stonemasons usually work on structures such as houses, hotels and office buildings.
Bricklayers and stonemasons combine a thorough knowledge of brick, concrete block, stone and marble with manual skill to erect very attractive yet highly durable structures. Allied craftsworkers also have jurisdiction in marble, tile and terrazzo. They perform PCC (pointing, cleaning and caulking) and historic masonry preservation.
Must be at least age 18 years old; must be physically able to perform the work of the trade; must have a commitment of employment by an employer who is a signatory contractor to a bargaining agreement; Must provide a photo ID and birth certificate at time of application and $20 non-refundable application fee.
Three and 1/2 year apprenticeship with a minimum of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training; apprentices receive a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction each year. Apprentices attend school 15 days per year second and third year. First Year Apprentices attend a 10 week “boot camp” before starting work on a job site.
Industrial technology, mathematics and basic geometry classes. Also need a good attitude, good attendance and be able to read a ruler.
Bricklayers and stonemasons usually work outdoors. They stand, kneel and bend for long periods of time and often have to lift heavy materials. Common hazards include injuries from tools and falls from scaffolds, but these can be avoided when proper safety practices are followed.
Must be physically fit to perform the job of a bricklayer.
Apprentices start at 50 percent of scale. Current wage rates are:
- $35.95/hr Base Wage, Plus
- $10.85/hr Health & Welfare, Plus
- $11.05/hr Annuity & Pension
(rates subject to change)
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