International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

Bricklayers (BAC)
Full name International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Founded 1865
Members 76,233 [1]
Head union James Boland
Affiliation AFL-CIO, CLC
Office location Washington, D.C.
Country United States and Canada

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) is a labor union in the United States and Canada which represents bricklayers, restoration specialists, pointers/cleaners/caulkers, stonemasons, marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo mechanics, and tile, marble and terrazzo finishers. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and its Building and Construction Trades Department. It is also affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress in Canada.

The oldest, continuously operating trade union in North America, BAC was founded in 1865 as the Bricklayers, Masons and Plasterers International Union of America (BMPIU). It was established during a great wave of blue-collar union formation in the 1860s. The organization has changed its name several times during its history to reflect its changing membership: in 1884 to Bricklayers and Masons International Union to Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasterers International Union in 1910, and in 1995, its current name - International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), changing "craftsmen" to "craftsworkers."

The Union's first Canadian unions were chartered in Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario in 1881, making the union truly international.

BAC President Harry Bates played a major role in the merger of AFL and CIO in 1955, serving as Chair of the Unity Committee.

In 2000, the BAC created its "Canadian Congress" to give Canadian members a powerful, greater voice in union affairs.

James Boland, the 25th President of the International Union, took office in February 2010.

During his tenure the International and its affiliates have focused on creating coalitions with management partners and community groups to expand work prospects for BAC members and signatory contractors. Some of those initiatives include gaining preeminence in green building, strengthening members’ well deserved benefits through job-creating capital strategies, and developing customized education and training programs for design professionals, signatory contractors and craftworkers.

Executive board

BAC's Executive board is elected every five years by the delegates to the International Union's Convention.


  1. US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 000-034. (Search) Report submitted 26 March 2014.
  2. "Meet BAC's Executive Board". International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers. Retrieved 24 May 2014.

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