Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) General President Michael Sullivan spoke at the Labor Forum, Tuesday, Oct. 21, during SMACNA’s 65th Annual Convention. He provided an update on the National Pension Fund, the Code of Excellence, industry mergers, and manpower issues. Mr. Sullivan explained that the International is actively searching to find common ground with other craft trades to help eliminate jurisdictional disputes.
|SMWIA General President Michael Sullivan talks with participants at the conclusion of the Labor Forum at SMACNA’s 65th Annual Convention.|
He also reported that in December the SMWIA will hold a planning meeting to be certain that they are ready to face upcoming industry challenges.
National Pension Fund Mr. Sullivan told the audience that Tim McGrath, business manager of Local 67 in San Antonio, Texas, has been appointed to take Marc Norberg’s place on the National Pension Fund (NPF). Mr. Norberg now serves as Assistant to the General President. He stressed that the NPF had no direct portfolio in subprime mortgages or rate securities. Mr. Sullivan stated that the pension fund is on the “right track” and that the International is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that the fund remains on the right track.
SMWIA Code of Excellence He also reported that, beginning on Jan. 1, 2009, SMWIA will start educating its membership on the newly adopted Code of Excellence, which is similar to the codes of other construction industry trades. The Code is designed to enhance professionalism within the SMWIA’s membership and promote higher levels of workmanship and productivity on the job site.
Manpower Addressing the important issue of manpower, Mr. Sullivan emphasized that its locals need to double the number of apprentices hired today just to keep up with current hiring demands.