Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Save The Date • Project of The Year • Opens October 1st • 6 categories

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Want great maternity leave? Become an ironworker.


By Anna Robaton / MoneyWatch
Ironworking isn't a job typically associated with top-notch perks. Yet the relatively small number of women in the trade now have something in common with workers at some marquee Silicon Valley firms. And it's not free lattes or laundry service.

Women ironworkers now enjoy one of the most generous maternity leave programs in the country: Six months of leave prior to delivery and up to eight weeks afterward. While on leave, they receive about two-thirds of their regular weekly income, up to $800 per week.

The benefit is available to women who belong to the 130,000-member Iron Workers union of North America. The union worked with IMPACT, a labor-management partnership, to design the benefit and unveiled it last month.

It puts the union's roughly 2,100 female members on par with employees at firms like Etsy (ETSY), Adobe (ADBE) and Cisco (CSCO). Only Netflix (NFLX) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offer more generous maternity leave benefits of up to a year paid parental leave for qualified employees, according to a Care@Work ranking.

Most American workers can only dream of such protections. The U.S. is among a handful of countries that doesn't require employers to provide paid parental leave, and less than 20 percent of private sector workers have such coverage.

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employers must give qualified workers up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave a year for certain medical and family reasons -- such as the birth of a child or an adoption -- but they aren't required to pay them during that time.

Why have female ironworkers won the leave lottery? 

For one, contractors in the building trades are under pressure to employ a more diverse pool of workers to win public and private sector bids. The new maternity leave benefit is a competitive advantage in the battle to recruit and retain the limited number of female workers in the building trades.

"It's the right thing to do socially, and there is an economic issue too," said Bill Brown, CEO of St. Louis, Missouri-based Ben Hur Construction Co. and management co-chair of IMPACT, an acronym for the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperation Trust.

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