Bricklayers Allied Craftworkers  Local 2 NY/VT  


    Training Only the Best

    & Most Highly Skilled Masonry-Trowel Trades Craftworkers


    Fighting For Our Members

    – On and Off the Job !


    Professional Craftworkers

    Serving 26 New York Counties and the State of Vermont


    BAC2NY/VT Members

    Represent the Best in the Masonry Industry

Welcome to Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers #2 NY/VT

Founded in 1865, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers represents craftworkers in the trowel trades across the United States and Canada including bricklayers, stone and marble masons, cement masons, plasterers, tilesetters, terrazzo and mosaic workers, and pointers/cleaners/caulkers.

Members keep informed-

Welcome to our new web site



 Providing Unemployment Insurance benefits is DOL’s number one priority and everyone who is entitled to UI benefits will receive them in a timely manner. 

To that end we are implementing a new more efficient filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). Here is the step-by-step process for filing;

A  - F : Monday

G – N : Tuesday

O – Z : Wednesday

Missed your day : Thursday and Friday

Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.

We are also extending filing hours as follows:

Monday through Thursday 8 am to 7:30 pm. 

Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Saturday 7:30 am to 8:00 pm. 

Here is a step by step process to file a claim.

We are experiencing an unprecedented increase in the volume of calls and web traffic for Unemployment Insurance claims. This massive surge created intermittent interruptions in service. Our team is continuing to fix the problem as we monitor the situation around the clock.

By Noon yesterday, we received more than 21,000 calls - compared to the 2K in total last Tuesday and, 110K website visits, compared to 42K last Tuesday.

DOL is adding staff and will be expanding hours to help address the rapid influx.


Our dedicated staff are working as hard as we can to ensure that all benefits are paid and we will continue to do so. We appreciate the public’s patience.


To the membership:

Both Albany and Syracuse offices are closed to visitors, The Staff is still working at both locations but have closed to anyone coming in. The fund office lobby is operational for members to drop off request one person at a time.  Please contact your representatives if you need any further services.

Pat Tirino


Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #2 NY/VT

302 Centre Drive, Albany, NY 12203

518.456.5477 (o)  518.466.5885 (c)

COVID-19 Benefit Summary.

                                                                             To BAC Local 2 NY/VT Members and Contractors

                                                                                                            March 16, 2020

We are currently monitoring and following all Federal, State, Local guidelines and directives in regards to office and classroom operations with the COVID-19 Corona Virus.  We are asking that any and all business that can be conducted by phone and email continue as normal.  We would like to limit any unnecessary in-person office visits whenever possible at this time.  We expect to see an increased volume of phone calls and ask that everyone please leave a clear message and phone number so any missed calls can be returned in a timely manner.  If your call is regarding dues, they can now be paid online on our website.

Please refer to CPWR Initial Guidance at







       1-800-664-8314 or 518-456-0259

To:                  BAC LOCAL #2NY insured HEALTH Participants

Re:                   COVID – 19                

                        telemedicine evaluation and testing

                        no cost to all insured members


                       BAC LOCAL #2NY HEALTH FUND

Date:              March 17, 2020


As we all know the United States is under a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus and NYS currently has more confirmed cases than any other state in the country.

The Fund is advising you to follow safeguards to keep you and your family safe and healthy. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is if you feel symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, sore and achy muscles) is to be evaluated by a health care provider. However, doctor’s offices, urgent care and ER’s are or may soon be overwhelmed.  

The BAC Local #2 Health Fund is urging all members who think they have symptoms to use the Funds Telemedicine Product to be evaluated. This is no cost to you and will save a trip to a crowded facility. The process is simple:   

You can call 1-833-693-7669 or go to “” and register. This is a virtual emergency room telemedicine service that allows members and their families to connect with trained emergency providers, 24/7, from the comfort of their home to assess the need for COVID-19 testing. If testing is determined to be appropriate and available, they will coordinate with local health departments and health care providers and prescribe testing at an appropriate facility. There is NO cost for the telemedicine appointment and NO cost for the testing, if needed.

Please note that “” is set up ONLY for the COVID-19 virus testing. All other telemedicine inquiries should use the Funds ‘regular’ telemedicine product “”   

To all my Union Brothers & Sisters – please take all necessary steps to keep yourself healthy. We have been through crisis before and we will get through this one as well!

International Union of

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

620 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004 - Phone 202-783-3788


To:              Principal Officers of all BAC Local Unions, District Councils, and

                     State/Provincial Conferences

From:        Tim Driscoll

Date:         March 13, 2020

Subject:  Covid-19 Protocols for the Construction Industry

At this early stage of the pandemic in North America every segment of our economy is faced with balancing how to conduct business while preserving the health and safety of its workers.  The construction industry is certainly no exception.  Attached is preliminary guidance from the CPWR, the National Building Trades’ Health & Safety research arm, on protocols that BAC members and their contractors should observe.  

The Executive Board of the International Union, in coordination with the National Building Trades, is monitoring the progress of the pandemic very closely and will provide further information and guidance as general protocols are developed.  As always, the best advice is to stay informed, stay vigilant about hygiene practices, and be prepared to alter plans when needed. 

I have every confidence that, as with past crises, we will match these pressing times with the dedication and determination that has characterized BAC’s Membership and Leadership for over 150 years. 

In Solidarity,

Tim Driscoll

President | IUBAC


Message from President Pat Tirino

Dear members we are in the middle of an organizing/solidarity campaign and we need your help. I wanted to thank you for attending the Construction Organizing Members Education Training (C.O.M.E.T) classes and we wanted to keep up the momentum because it's working.  Our Union membership has grown and the work hours are increasing as well. 

Construction in our area has been increasing and we are attempting to fill positions in our industry.  We need your help to attract all workers due to the shortage. I'm asking if you can post on your social media platforms our ad. There is no obligation but we recognize that we need all hands on deck to continue the growth of our Union. 

Thank You in advance.

10 Things Trump has Done to Hurt Labor
With one year left in Trump's term, here are 10 things that prove he is no friend of unions
by Kris LaGrange on
Dec 20, 2019

Since Trump took office in 2017 he has been at war with organized labor. Yet even after all of his attacks on labor, union members still support him. We thought with Trump running for re-election in 2020, we would let all of our readers know ten things that Trump has done to hurt labor. The list is not in order of importance since all of these issues have had a profound impact on unions.
10. Appointments to the National Labor Relations Board: Trump has used the NLRB as his own personal attack dogs against unions. He nominated employer side lawyers, including a PATCO strikebreaker. Just some of the decisions they have made include deciding that McDonald’s is not a joint employer, repealing the Obama era union election rules, attempting to make Scabby illegal and consistently siding with management over the workers.
9. Making it more dangerous to go to work: To get rid of “onerous” safety regulations, Trump has gotten rid of several OSHA safety standards and reduced the number of investigations that OSHA is taking part in. The result has been an increase in workplace deaths.
8. Trump’s Twitter feuds with labor leaders:  No one is immune from Trump’s Twitter tirades. When GM announced the closures, Trump attacked the local UAW leader and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. He even blamed union dues for the closure. Trumka has been a frequent target of Trump’s, being attacked on the last two Labor Days.
7. A tax plan that encourages outsourcing: Trump’s big “accomplishment” was passing a tax reform bill that incentivized companies to send jobs overseas. According to the AFL-CIO in Trump’s first year in office 93,000 jobs were outsourced.
6. Government Lockout: Trump has done a lot to hurt federal workers and many of his decisions will come up in the next few points. One of his most damaging was the government shutdown of 2018-19. The shutdown locked federal workers for 35 days. It only ended when essential employees at the airports began refusing to come to work. The lockout was completely unnecessary as he locked out these workers over the holiday season because he didn’t get enough funding for his wall of hate at the border.
5. Trump’s Support for Right to Work: This law is possibly the biggest threat to unions. A National Right to Work law has been introduced in the Senate and Trump has announced that if it comes to his desk, he will sign it. No supporter of labor would support right to work.
4. Trump proposes ending federal pensions: In Trump’s 2019 budget he proposed massive cuts to federal workers including ending their defined benefits pension plan and freezing wages. Thankfully after this leaked Trump backed off the proposal. However, a proposal is currently making its way through Congress, with Republican support that would do significant damage to both public and private sector workers' pensions.
3. Trump actively union-busting: Thanks to three executive orders (check out #2 for more information), Trump has used his agencies to attempt to break federal unions. At the Social Security Agency and the VA agency heads went into open warfare with their unions. At the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Trump has ordered the agency not to recognize the staff union. At the Department of Education, Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos were found guilty of union-busting after DeVos attempted to violate the department's CBA.
2. Trump’s Executive Orders: Trump has issued three executive orders that restrict federal unions' ability to represent their members. Some of the provisions included in the orders include reducing union release time and kicking unions out of their offices in government buildings.
1. Trump’s Supreme Court picks. Trump’s two Supreme Court selections, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were the deciding votes in the Janus v AFSCME case. This case brought right to work for all public employees nationwide. These justices will now serve as the deciding votes for years to come, potentially being the deciding votes on several labor cases, including forcing unions to pay back dues to members who opt-out and a national right to work law for the private sector.
These are just 10 things that Trump has done to hurt unions. His actions clearly show that he has no love for organized labor and that he is actively working to weaken and destroy workers' voices on the job.
I hope that all of our union members are ready to work hard in 2020 to ensure that Trump does not get re-elected. Our unions and our jobs are at stake.

The 2020 Justin Michael Mirabile Scholarship Program Application

for dependents of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2 NY members.This program is open to all dependents of BAC Local 2 NY member’s in good standing, who will complete high school and enroll full time in an accredited learning institution or College in 2020. 



Pat Tirino


2021 U.S. Bates Scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2021 competition. Every year the program selects three students to receive a stipend of $5,000 per year for up to four years.

To be considered for the 2021 U.S. Bates Scholarship, a student must be the child or stepchild of a U.S. member in good standing of a BAC Local, and plan to enter college in the fall of 2021. Students must plan to take the standardized “PSAT” exam in October 2019.

To learn more and apply online, please visit:

To help all interested in the scholarship navigate the application process, we have created a page of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for your reference.

If you have questions not answered in the FAQs about the scholarship or the application process, please call BAC at 1-888-880-8222, ext. 3887.

The application deadline is March 31, 2020.


BAC Secretary-Treasurer Tim Driscoll

The Winter/Spring Training Schedule for IMTEF is now available

on the website. Local 2 Members can contact Matt Zink to sign up for classes. Classes fill up quickly.


BAC Local 2 NY/VT Training Schedule 2019-2020 Winter/Spring 

All classes require sign up for the class including Journey workers.  The sign-up deadlines are 1 week prior to the class start date.  Contact Matt Zink for information and to sign-up.

Course                                  Location                       Date                 Time

Plaster and Plaster repair    Albany/Syracuse    1/27/20-2/7/20    7a-330 daily
Pre-Job Brick Class    Albany/Syracuse    2/10/20-5/15/20    M-F 7a-330p
Pre-Job Tile Class    Syracuse    2/10/20-5/15/20    M-F 7a-330p
Cross-Craft Familiarization Training    Albany/Syracuse    2/10/20-5/15/20    M-F 7a-330p
Concrete form & pour walk behind and rider training    Albany/Syracuse    week of 4/20-4/25 weather permitting    7a-330 daily
JAHN/Edison/Comproco/Lithomax (Bowie Ins)   
Harassment Training    Albany/Syracuse    , 2/12/20, 3/6/20    TBD
First Aid/CPR Training    Albany/Syracuse    3/6/2020    TBD
Confined Space Training    Albany/Syracuse    TBD    TBD
HAZWOPER Training    Albany/Syracuse    TBD    TBD
ACI Certification (concrete)    Albany/Syracuse    TBD    TBD
ACT Certification (Tile)    Albany/Syracuse    TBD    TBD
MSHA part 46 (Bowie Instructor)    Albany/Syracuse    TBD    TBD
C.O.M.E.T. Class    Albany    , 3/20/20
C.O.M.E.T. Class    Glens Falls    TBD    TBD
C.O.M.E.T. Class    Syracuse    2-18-2020
C.O.M.E.T. Class    Watertown   3-20-20
C.O.M.E.T. Class    Plattsburgh    TBD    TBD
C.O.M.E.T. Class    Utica    TBD    TBD

C.O.M.E.T. Class    Canton  3-9-20

More classes will be scheduled for the Spring.  Check our website and our Facebook page bac2nyvt for class announcements and schedules.

Apprentice Meeting to go over new training class procedures and new Blue Book Procedures (digital submission) for raises will be held on Friday November 2nd for the Capital Region apprentices.  Syracuse, Utica, Watertown, and Plattsburgh apprentice meeting dates are still to be determined. 


Member Assistance Program (MAP)

Offering Real Help to BAC Members and Families

The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers’ Member Assistance Program (MAP) provides confidential telephone crisis intervention, referral and information services to BAC members in the U.S. and Canada.


About MAP

MAP provides members with a place to turn for help in coping with personal problems that interfere with job performance or home life. MAP services are offered at no cost to active and retired union members and their families. Members’ privacy is fully protected.


Summer News Letter

Read the Report


Union women earn 33% more than women working without the support of union representation. Union membership boosts wages for all workers—but women see especially large advantages from being in a union.


Upcoming Events


         COMET Training Course


Will be held over the fall and winter months across our area.  Please contact your local representative for dates, times, and locations.





Career Jam 2019

BAC Local 2 instructors and apprentices from Syracuse helped out to make it a great day.  Early career exploration opens students’ eyes to a world of possibilities in the workforce. We saw that in action today at Career Jam in Watertown! 
Jefferson/Lewis/Hamilton/Herkimer/Oneida BOCES | The WorkPlace | BAC 2 NY/VT | Electricians Local 910.


Text 2NYVT to 877877

Chapter Meetings

upcoming -

Oswego Chapter - First Monday at 7:00pm

Albany Chapter - First Tuesday at 5:00pm

Syracuse Chapter - First Thursday at 7:00pm

Canton Chapter - Second Monday at 7:00pm

Utica Chapter - Second Tuesday at 7:00pm

Watertown Chapter - Third Thursday at 7:00pm

Ellenburg Chapter - Last Wednesday at 6:00pm

On the even months.

Glens Falls Chapter - Last Wednesday at 6:00pm

On the odd months.

Show me the country that has no strikes and I'll show you the country in which there is no liberty.

~Samuel Gompers

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Welcome to B.A.C. Local #2

Founded in 1865, the Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers (B.A.C.) is the oldest continuous union in North America and represents tens of thousands of Masonry and The Craftworkers across the United States and Canada. The B.A.C. Local #2 supply skilled labor to contractors in 26 counties in New York State and Vermont.

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Albany Office

302 Centre Drive
Albany, NY 12203


Syracuse Office

7705 Maltlage Dr.

Liverpool, NY 13088


518-456-5477 office //
518-456-7420 fax // 
800-566-8336 office 

315-622-2081 office //

315-622-2082  fax //