The Leadership Conference also hosts the annual TAUC Thomas J. Reynolds Awards Luncheon and the presentation of the James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award.  Applications are now being accepted for both awards -- submit your nominations today!

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Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Awards

Established in 1983, the Thomas J. Reynolds Safety Awards recognize member contractors who achieve a Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rate of 25% or more below the national industry average in a calendar year.


  • All work hours under all collective bargaining agreements (i.e. local agreements, NMA projects, other project labor agreements, etc.) are eligible.
  • Only direct-hire work hours should be included - do NOT include subcontractor hours.
  • Only one (1) form should be submitted per company - it should include ALL jobs for the current year.
  • Recognition is based on a Days Away, Restricted or Transferred (DART) Rate of 25% below the Bureau of Labor Statistics national average for the previous year.
  • Companies with multiple subsidiaries may submit for multiple awards, provided they have separate Federal ID numbers (please provide the Federal ID number to differentiate between companies). A separate application fee will apply.


James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award

The James J. Willis Craftperson of the Year Award was created in 1989 and was originally known as the Craftsman of the Year Award. TAUC changed the name in December 2008 to memorialize James J. Willis, Sr. He was a dear friend and supporter of TAUC and an authentic leader within the construction industry for more than five decades. Prior to his retirement as first vice president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Willis was president of the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. and co-chairman of the NMAPC Labor-Management Committee.



Nominees must be building trades members who have a gift for recognizing the vision of a project and can bring that vision -- from blueprint to building -- to fruition in a professional manner. Nominations are open to all crafts, on all projects completed in the calendar year of the award, worked under any type of building trades collective bargaining agreement. Apprentices, journeymen, foremen and general foremen are eligible for nomination.

TAUC encourages all association members to submit nominations for this prestigious award. Winners will receive significant publicity in the association's magazine, web site ( and other national construction industry periodicals. Contractors must be paid Leadership Conference registrants for any winning craftpersons to be recognized at the awards ceremony.