How To Join
If you have construction experience, we can sign you up as a new member when we have work available, and after we have put our existing members out to jobs. We are always interested in hiring hardworking men and women. Please call the hall with any questions. If you do not have construction experience, please see the “Apprentice Program” information below.
Once you are signed up as a member of Local 1180, you are required to pay a $700 initiation fee. You are given time to pay on your initiation fee: as long as you are making a good-faith effort, you are provided 90 days to pay in full.
When you are working, 6% of your gross wages will be deducted for working dues. There are also monthly dues of $40.00 for the 2020 calendar year. These monthly dues must be paid whether you are working or not. To avoid suspension, dues are to be paid no later than the end of the following month you are paying for (for example, dues for the month of August must be paid by September 30). If dues are unpaid, on the first day of the third month, you will be suspended. You can mail a check or money order to the address above, or drop off payment at the hall. Also, we are now accepting credit card payments via the Member Portal. The hall is open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We also have a drop-off window for after-hours payments located on the right side of our enclosed front entrance.
Also, you will be entitled to health insurance coverage once you have reached 700 hours of work. Effective February 1, 2020, our benefits administrator is Healthcare Strategies, Inc. (“HSI”), 3031B Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, telephone 866-722-8622. HSI is also available to answer questions regarding your earned pension credits.
On July 6, 1994, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training approved Laborers AGC’s National Apprenticeship Standards for the Construction Craft Laborers.
The Laborers’ District Council of Eastern PA applied and was approved for the first Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program from the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship and Training Council on May 11, 1995. This is important because the laborer occupation was not considered to be an apprenticeable craft.
To apply for the Laborers’ Apprentice Program, you are required to come to the hall in person and fill out an application. You are required to have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license in order to be considered for testing. The Laborers’ Training Fund will notify you of the scheduled testing. Once you complete and pass the test, you will be entitled to 8 weeks of construction training at no cost to you.