Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

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.



Union jobs mean higher pay, regular raises and more benefits. Why doesn't Texas have more of them?


Romel Tamez has never worked for a union, and neither has anyone in his family.

But the 22-year-old is helping push an organizing effort in Houston, where he’s a warehouse agent for a United Airlines catering unit. About 2,700 United employees, including 800 in Houston, will start voting this month on whether to join the Unite Here union.

“It’s not really a hard sell,” said Tamez, who earns $11.80 an hour and was scheduled to work all three days over the Labor Day weekend. “It’s apparent there are problems.”

The catering workers want improvements in safety, job protection, pay and benefits. And unions have a track record of delivering on those.

In most occupations, union membership translates into higher pay. Union workers are more likely to be offered medical coverage, retirement plans, life insurance and paid sick days. They often have more job security, thanks to seniority rules and outsourcing restrictions.

The rub is that union jobs are relatively rare, especially in Texas. Fewer than 5 percent of workers in the state are union members, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nationwide, the union rate is twice as high. And it’s higher still in many states, including New York, California, Illinois and Ohio.

Union opponents are quick to note that those states often lag in job growth while low-union states are big job creators.

The share of workers in unions has been declining for decades. But there are signs of a revival, from teacher protests in several conservative states to Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejecting a right-to-work law last month. Even Texas added 81,000 union members last year, the highest gain in at least three decades.

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