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Cement Masons


Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association Local 72



The International Brotherhood of Operative Plasters and Cement Masons was founded in 1864, and is the oldest trade union in the United States. Local 72 was chartered January 3, 1890, and has a total membership of about 250. The geographical jurisdiction of Local 72 includes Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.


Recent Charitable Projects

The Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program   completes numerous charitable projects every year for community organizations, including churches, schools, and Habitat for Humanity. Recent projects include playground curbing for Holy Trinity Elementary School, sidewalks and steps at Gonzaga Prep High School, and sidewalks for Truth Ministries.



Cement masons pour and finish all types of residential and commercial concrete, including concrete floors, steps, sidewalks, driveways, curb and gutter, and concrete paving. Cement masons apply toppings, overlays, stains, and sealers to new and existing concrete. Grinding, patching, and repairing new and existing concrete are also included in the cement masons’ job description. Cement masons ensure that concrete is poured and finished according to professional standards and job specifications.


Apprenticeship Process

There are currently 33 apprentices enrolled in the EW & NI Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program. The program requires 4000 hours of on-the-job training, and takes approximately 3 years to complete. In addition, apprentices must complete 160 hours of related supplemental instruction each year.  Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.


Journeyman Process

As concrete technology advances, and new products and processes are introduced, journeymen are upgraded through employer provided training.


Who To Contact

Deven Johnson, Business Manager                 

OPCMIA Local 72                                             

3921 E. Main Ave.                                             

Spokane, WA 99202                                          

(509) 326-0575                                                   

(509) 939-9424 Cell                                            

(509) 326-2006 Fax                                           



Jim Geren, Training Director

EW & NI Cement Masons JATC

2110 N. Fancher Way

Spokane Valley, WA 99212

(509) 535-1880

(509) 209-4619 Cell

509) 534-1164 Fax



Western Washington Cement Masons



Chartered February 24, 1941, Cement Masons Local 528 now has a membership of over 1,100.  Its geographical jurisdiction covers Western Washington from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, and from the Canadian border to all but three counties on the Columbia River.


It is part of the oldest building trades International, the OP & CMIA, established in 1864.  Local 528 craftsmen have worked on all structures that use concrete:  roads, high rises, dams, sports arenas, houses, in fact, most man-made structures.  In addition to hard trowel, broom and exposed aggregate, we can make concrete look like any natural material, such as slate, brick, wood or stone.  We color it, stain it, polish it, and stencil it.  Imagination is the only limitation with concrete.  We also set forms, repair concrete with cement-based products, epoxy injection and fiber wrap, and apply decorative and utilitarian toppings of epoxy and polymer-based cement products.  In addition, we need to know how to operate many types of power equipment and tools used in cement finishing.


Apprenticeship Process

The program is earn-while-you-learn.  Over three years, apprentices attend class 504 hours and have a total of 5,400 hours of on-the-job training.


Journeyman Process

Journeymen take advantage of ongoing adult learning by taking classes in new technologies, safety and certifications.


Who to Contact

Frank Benish, Coordinator

6770 East Marginal Way S.

Seattle, WA  98108


(206)762-0896 Fax


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The Cement Masons Local 555 was chartered in Oregon on April 14, 1946.  Today there are 560 members with a jurisdiction that includes the entire state of Oregon as well as three counties in Southwest Washington.  The variety of their craftwork includes roads, dams, commercial and residential construction.


Cement Masons apply cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to finish and attain durable and decorative surfaces, according to specifications and drawings.  They also finish surfaces to remove imperfections from freshly poured concrete walls, roads, walkways and ornamental stone facing.  They have been involved in finishing, hand chipping and patching, grouting, end pointing, screed setting, plugging, filling bolt holes, dry packing, setting curb forms, plants, stakes, lines, grades, epoxy coating and injections.  Also includes grinding of concrete done as preparatory patching or when done to produce a finished concrete product.



Requirements for graduation include the completion of 6,000 hours of on the job training coupled with 400 hours of related classroom training.



Journeyman upgrading classes include health and safety, First Aid, CPR, fall protection, Haz-Mat and confined space.



Brett Hinsley, Business Manager                                       

Cement Masons Local 555                                                

12812 NE Marx St                                                               

Portland, OR  97230                                                            


503-255-5699 Fax                                                               


Greg Peterson

Cement Mason Apprenticeship

12812 NE Marx St

Portland, OR  97230


503-251-9995 Fax


Contractor Associations                                                     

Burr and Associates                                                            

(Concrete Finishers Contractors Assn.)                            

13425 SW 72nd St                                                               

Tigard, OR   97223



Associated General Contractors

9450 SW Commerce Circle

Wilsonville, OR  97070



Watts & Watts (General and Concrete Contractors Association, Inc.)

3434 SW Water

Portland, OR  97201



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