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Richard Tolson Director of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Administrative Council (BAC ADC) of New Jersey Locals 4 & 5 retired June 1, 2020.

Tolson began his career as a bricklayer in 1988 and became a Field Representative in 1990. He later became the Secretary/Treasurer of Local 5 New Jersey and since 2006 held the elected position of Director of the BAC ADC of New Jersey Locals 4 & 5 winning re-election after re-election. Throughout his career, Tolson was appointed to numerous New Jersey local and state committees and organizations and served as a Trustee and Chairman of all of …


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On Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 8pm ET, the new CBS Competition Series “TOUGH AS NAILS” premiers it’s first episode with a Masonry challenge using actual SPEC MIX Competition products and guidelines. 


SPEC MIX Takes Center Stage in New CBS Series, “TOUGH AS NAILS”

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® has caught the attention of many people over the years, but who would’ve thought the producers at the CBS network were watching?! Last fall the call from Tough House Productions came into the SPEC MIX office saying that their client, CBS, is looking for another competition series like “The Amazing …


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Make designing with masonry easier than ever with 3DiQ’s masonry design tool, Masonry iQ.  As a plug-in to Revit, Masonry iQ gives architects the ability to create custom patterns, automatically generate section and plan view details, audit masonry layout for modularity, manage movement joint locations, and render with high resolution images of real producer’s product. All of this, while never leaving Revit.

Visit to learn more about Masonry iQ and how to get started using the most intelligent masonry tool available and watch the Masonry iQ Features Video.


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As reported earlier in this newsletter, after 14 years as Director of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council of New Jersey and 33 years of BAC membership, Richard E. Tolson has retired.

In June of 2006, after a 2 plus year receivership, the International Union formed the ADC of NJ, appointing Rich as Director. As many of you are aware, Locals 4, 5 & 2 did not always have the best relationship. Rich was tasked with bringing 3 locals together under one umbrella and dealing with multiple personalities and issues. After some time, …


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Dear Fellow Members:

Over the past several months, we’ve been forced to experience a change in our day to day, affecting us locally, as well as, globally. The disruptive COVID-19 has created a mindset, that has at times caused an agitating, distressful, and worrisome environment, which we’ve all had to battle, in various ways. Though this subject matter has affected us all, we still had to endure the day to day functionality of our work-place, our home, and social lives. With this writing, I’m hoping that everyone has been able to come through unscathed. The life and business models that …

Build Better for Fire Safety

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A raging fire, reportedly with 100 ft. high flames, engulfed the Avalon River Mews luxury condominium complex in Edgewater, NJ in the year 2000.  The complex, which was nearing completion of construction at the time, was destroyed.  Residents from eight nearby homes had to be evacuated as the intense fire continued to spread. Some residents scrambled to get family members, pets, belongings and cherished memories out of their homes, while some were so stunned they didn’t know what to do.  Miraculously, there was no loss of life.

More destruction previously occurred in 2015 when another massive inferno spread through apartments …

Construction Industry Ruled Exempt from Industy Related Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs)

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The U.S. Department of Labor Issues Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPS) Final Rule Exempting the Construction Industry

The U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule published on March 11, 2020 and effective May 11, 2020 will help expand apprenticeship programs in the United States by establishing a system to advance the development of quality IRAPs while exempting the construction industry.

The construction industry has been successfully managing widespread and privately financed DOL registered apprenticeship programs for over 80 years, therefore the department concluded that the construction industry does not need to be included in the plan.  The DOL received close to …