INTERNATIONAL MASONRY INSTITUTE
The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a partnership between International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) members and the contractors who employ them. They support the architectural, engineering, and construction community through education, technical support, research, and training. Team IMI represents labor and management working in partnership to create a safer, better built world.
Following the end of the Civil War, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (formerly known as the Bricklayers Union of the United States) was formed in 1865 to advocate and service craftworkers, both on and off the job. The age of the skyscrapers and the high-rise revolution brought quick and drastic progress, which also meant new challenges to overcome. New building techniques, materials and technology called for constant evolving training, education and support for members.
To help fulfill these needs and serve the members, the International Masonry Institute was established in 1970. Renowned education, technical assistance, research and training are offered to support the BAC members and the contractors who employ them. The IMI works tirelessly for the masonry industry, delivering apprenticeship and training programs for new skills and materials, and offering design and technical assistance.
Since 1865, the BAC has actively fought to improve members’ quality of life – on and off the job – through access to fair wages, good benefits, safe working conditions, and solidarity among members.The BAC gives a unified voice for members by advocating for legislation and regulations that keep us safer, healthier, and enjoying a higher quality of life.