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IMI is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and their contractors, promoting quality masonry construction.

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Certified Trowel Trades Instructors Key to Building Pipeline of Skilled Union Craftworkers

This fall, IMI and IMTEF celebrated the graduation of 13 trowel trades instructors from the Instructor Certification Program (ICP). These instructors, who are all experienced craftworkers, are...


International Craft Champions Make their Mark in the Unionized Trowel Trades

The 2022 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest showcased the skill of highly trained up-and-coming craftworkers from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC). The event...


IMI Releases Cloud-Based Masonry Content Pack for HIVE

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) and CTC Software are pleased to release the first-ever cloud-based Masonry Content Pack in the AEC industry’s leading content management system, HIVE.


Registered Apprenticeships Strengthened Under Biden Administration

This week, the Biden Administration took important steps to shore up registered apprenticeship programs – including by rescinding the Executive Order that created Industry Recognized Apprenticeship...


IMI Releases Update of Century-Old Terra Cotta Details to Guide Restoration Efforts

The International Masonry Institute’s (IMI’s) new architectural terra cotta details are a transformative resource for the restoration of historic terra cotta structures dating to the early 20th...


As Sovinski Retires, Ingraffia Steps into Role of IMI National Director of Industry Development

David Sovinski, National Director of Industry Development at the International Masonry Institute (IMI), retires September 1 after 28 dedicated years supporting the growth of the International Union...


Building Code Update Gives Designers Flexibility to Use Larger Exterior Adhered Porcelain Tile

An update to the International Building Code (IBC) will allow designers to use adhered porcelain tiles as large as 48x48 inches or 36x72 inches on building facades.


International Masonry Training and Education Foundation Announces DiPerna as National Director of Apprenticeship and Training

The International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF) is pleased to welcome Anthony DiPerna, President of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) Local 3 New York, as National...


Save Our Apprenticeships: Join the Fight Against Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs)

The future of the union masonry industry and our gold standard registered construction apprenticeship programs is at risk. The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed Industry Recognized...


2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest Winners

Twenty-four apprentices have emerged victorious in the 2018 BAC/IMI International Apprentice Contest, representing not only the best in their trade, but a bright future for the union. The winners --...