Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union No. 7 History
Local 7 is a Mega Local. It was formed by the merger of seven individual BAC Allied Crafts locals into one autonomous unit. The locals comprising this Mega Local were:
Tile Setters Union of NY & NJ (formally Local 52)
- Tile Finishers of NY (formally Local 88)
- Tile Finishers of NJ (formally Local 77)
- Marble Carvers, Cutters, & Setters Union of NY & NJ (formally Local 4)
- Marble Finishers Union of NY (formally Local 20)
- Marble Polishers & Restoration Finishers of NY (formally Local 24)
- Terrazzo, Mosaic, & Decorative Chemical Product Finishers (formally Local 3)
These locals were first formed as a District Council in 1993 and later merged into a Mega Local by the BAC on November 1, 1994 under the leadership of its first president Charles Hill.
In April 2002 Local 7 moved into its permanent home when it purchased the union hall offices where it now resides. During that time Local 7 upgraded its technology utilizing the improvements made ion the computer and communication fields.
In October Local 7 published its first newsletter furthering the flow of information to its members. It has maintained a bi-annual status since.
December 2007 marked the return of Local 7 handling the dues collection and processing. Members will now be able to pay dues at meetings, the union hall personally, or by phone with a debit card. Members can still mail in their dues payments if they choose. Local 7 has hired its own in house accountant, Lawrence Walmsley to oversee the operation.
In 2008 Local 7 launched its website which you are currently reading. It is hoped that this vehicle will inform, educate, and advise our members in a more timely fashion. This website will always be a work in progress with new information and links to other sites being added each day. The website will contain a “feed back” link which will allow members to send in questions, suggestions, and comments to the union.
Through the leadership of President, Thomas Lane and Secretary Treasurer Chris Guy, Local 7 is moving forward serving their membership, improving their benefits, and spearheading their place in today’s labor movement.