Since its founding in 1865, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers has actively fought to improve our members’ quality of life – on and off the job – through access to fair wages, good benefits, safe working conditions, and solidarity among members.Today, we represent the most highly skilled trowel trades craftworkers across the United States and Canada including bricklayers, stone and marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo and mosaic workers, and pointers/ cleaners/ caulkers. With over a century of protecting the rights of our workers, BAC is the oldest continuous union in North America.
BAC Local 1 Md., Va. & DC represents men and women working as Bricklayers, Stone Masons, Pointer Cleaner Caulkers, Terrazzo Workers, Tile Setters and Finishers in the construction trades. Our Local is comprised of five Chapters: Baltimore, Washington DC, Richmond, Norfolk, and Roanoke. Two Chapters in our Local, Baltimore and Richmond, predate the founding of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers which occurred on October 17, 1865. The Bricklayers Union in Baltimore has been in continuous existence since March 17, 1864. The Richmond Bricklayers Union also predates the International Union but disbanded in 1875 and then was re-charted in 1885. The Washington DC Bricklayers Local was chartered by the IUBAC in 1867, Norfolk in 1887 and Roanoke in 1934. The DC Stone Masons received their BAC Charter on February 1, 1889. The International Union assimilated the Tile Setters and Finishers into the BAC in August 1925. In 1994, the International combined 18 separate BAC locals from Virginia, Maryland and DC into one local; BAC Local #1, Maryland, Virginia & DC. In June of 1999, the IU restructuring plan added 14 counties from North Carolina into Local 1’s jurisdiction. Our geographical jurisdiction of our Local includes the State of Virginia, Washington DC and the State of Maryland (except its three most western counties) plus 14 counties in North Carolina.
As is the case of most organizations The International and all its affiliates, including Local 1 Md., Va. & DC are governed by the International Constitution. Since its adoption almost 150 years ago, our Constitution has been amended and modified numerous times. These changes were adopted during the International Conventions that are held every five years. The next International convention will take place in the Fall of 2015. During the same year the International will also celebrate its 150th anniversary in October 2015. The time and place of the 2015 Convention will be announced in February 2015. Our local will celebrate its 150th Anniversary on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014.