Plasterers perform their work on walls and ceilings using a variety of materials to create smooth, decorative and fire safe interiors and exteriors. The many colors and rough finishes of stucco or exterior plaster that you see on today's shopping malls and houses are applied by plasterers. Plasterers also create shapes on ceilings and walls which make a room more decorative and interesting. They create objects which you see everyday - such as the boulders and rocks in a miniature golf park. As new materials are developed, the modern plasterer is increasingly in demand.

Some of the advantages of a career in the unionized Plastering industry are:

WAGES – The wages in the union Plastering industry allow you the chance to raise a family with a decent standard of living. Currently, the wage rate for a skilled Traditional Plasterer is $27.45 per hour. The Apprentice wage rate for a Plasterer with limited experience would start out at $15.01 per hour. Depending upon your level of experience, you would be started at some wage rate between $15.01 per hour and $27.45 per hour.

HEALTH INSURANCE – While you may be healthy and in no need of health insurance today or even this year, when the day comes that you or your family become seriously ill, the union Plastering industry offers a generous health insurance plan to cover the high costs of health insurance.

PENSION BENEFITS – The union Plastering industry offers generous pension plans to provide you and your family income when you are too old to work. While that may be years away from now, it makes sense to save for the future.

TRAINING – Free apprentice training is provided so that you can become familiar with different kinds of Plastering work rather than just one type of work. These additional skills will improve your chances of getting and keeping work in the Plastering industry. Even after completion of apprentice training, free upgrade training is offered to journeymen to keep your skills up-to-date.

LAYOFFS – In the event that you are laid off or the company that you are working for goes out of business, rather than abandon you, the Union will work with you to find work at another Plastering contractor.

SAFETY TRAINING – Free safety training is provided so that you perform your job as a Plasterer while reducing the chance that you will suffer a serious injury on the job.

COLLEGE CREDIT – An innovation in the Plasterer apprenticeship program combines apprenticeship with college study. Apprentices are “dually enrolled” in the apprentice program and receive free college credit to recognize the achievement of those who successfully complete their apprenticeship program. This is a way to expand your career options in the Plastering industry.

The Plasterer Apprenticeship program is a four year program that includes 5400 hours of on the job training (time for which you are paid) and three 144 hour training classes (time for which you are not paid). The classes are usually held in February each year. You will receive scheduled raises in pay as you complete each year of schooling and 1350 hours of work. The apprenticeship program is not a guarantee of work as the Plastering industry is very seasonal and dependent upon economic conditions. Openings for the Plasterer Apprenticeship are advertised from time to time at this web-site.