4211 East Bonanza Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89110
What is a Laborer?
In construction, Laborers are the first craftworkers to arrive on a project and the last to leave. Duties performed involve highway and building construction, environmental restoration, tunnel and shaft construction and demolition using tools such as shovels, rakes and gas or diesel powered cutting and compacting equipment. Laborers clear and prepare sites for cement, asphalt and various structures according to blueprint specifications.
What are the working conditions and physical demands?
Working conditions will vary according to the weather and the type of work perfonned. Laborers will find themselves working outside in the summer heat and winter cold. Day or evening shifts may be required. Work is perfonned at heights, in trenches and sometimes underground. Rigorous physical activity and heavy lifting are involved. Travel to remote areas is sometimes necessary.
What are the benefits to working as a Union Laborer?
Base wage rates for Apprentices start at 60% of the Journeyworkers rate. Apprentices receive a reduced
benefits package on their pension, vacation fund until they become Journeyworkers, but become eligible for
health and welfare which include (medical, dental, vision), after 3 months of work.
Training is an important benefit because it has been estimated that trained laborers work almost 400 hours a year more than the untrained laborer. Laborers who take advantage of their training center to upgrade their skills are more likely to stay competitive. Another important benefit is union membership. Unionized laborers earn approximately $177.00 per week more on the average then those working without a contract.
What is the term of apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship program is designed to achieve journeyman status in approximately two years. Apprentices must complete 4000 hours of on-the-job training and 320 hours of related classroom and hands-on instruction over the two year period.
Applicants must meet the following requirements
- You must be at least 17 years of age.
a) All apprentices and their parents or legal guardians, if they are minors, shall enter into and sign a written Apprenticeship Agreement with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
- The following must be presented whin making application:
a) A high school diploma or its equivalent before being accepted into the program or receive a high school diploma or its equivalent by completion of the apprenticeship program.
b) Picture I.D.
c) Birth Certificate
- At the time of selection be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations.
- Must pass a drug screening test upon selection and cooperate in all subsequent random screening tests throughout the Apprenticeship Program.
- At the time of selection have an understanding; reading, writing, and communicating ability in the English language as would enable the apprentice to perform the tasks of the Construction Craft Laborer in a safe manner and comprehend the subject matter taught in related instruction.
- Take a New Entrant Test
- Participate in a personal interview
The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The sponsor will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30, and the State of Nevada Apprenticeship Council's State Plan for the Equal Employment in Apprenticeship.