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 present 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.