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Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association


Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association

Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada
Founded July 21, 1864
Members 39,000
Affiliation AFL–CIO
Canadian Labour Congress
Key people Patrick D. Finley, General President
Office location 11720 Beltsville Drive, Suite 700
Beltsville, Maryland 20705
Country United States and Canada

The Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada (OPCMIA) is a AFL–CIO and Canadian Labour Congress.

Patrick D. Finley of Philadelphia is the current General President.


The union traces its roots to the era of the apprentices, establish a traveling card system to permit union members to travel from one local's jurisdiction to another, while excluding those unfit for membership.

The modern organization was formed in 1882, when a number of eight-hour day while pledging to avoid "unnecessary strikes." The union amended its constitution in 1887 to include Canadian workers. In 1914 the union was renamed the Operative Plasterers' and Cement Finishers' International Association, and the following year it reached an agreement with the United Brotherhood of Cement Workers to bring those workers into the union.

In 1946 the union established a program in conjunction with the Contracting Plasterers' International Association and the Associated General Contractors, to establish national apprentice training standards. The union trained a large number of veterans of World War II in its apprenticeship programs, while curtailing the competition from non-union contractors. In the late 1960s, the union opened up its apprenticeship programs to allow more African-American and Latino workers into its locals.

In 1960 the union followed many other U.S. unions in moved its headquarters, transferring them from Cleveland to the Washington, D.C. region. It is currently headquartered at Beltsville, Maryland.

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