Volume 43, Issue Number 7 July 10, 2009

Council Meeting Highlights: Pension Fund, E-Visa Program, Partnership Initiatives

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The Council of Chapter Representatives addressed the National Pension Fund (NPF) during their June meeting in Philadelphia, and adopted a recommendation to the SMACNA Board of Directors that it set as its highest priority the task of seeking an alternate solution to pension fund issues.

The Council discussed the necessity of holding two meetings each year, and the majority of the Council expressed their desire to continue meeting twice a year. There were also presentations by Florida SMACNA Chapter Executive Susan Karr on the status of the employment of Mexican sheet metal workers in Florida using the e-visa program, the success of the St. Louis Chapter’s partnership initiative, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s positive experience in having nationally recognized speaker Mark Breslin present his program on “Survival of the Fittest” to a joint meeting of contractors and local union representatives.

An abridged introduction to SMACNA’s Business Negotiations Academy, a new SMACNA educational program on negotiating with customers and other contractors, was presented by Mr. Stephen Frenkel, director of negotiation programs, Mediation Works Inc. The new Business Negotiations Academy is scheduled for November in Tempe, Ariz.

The Council was also briefed on ITI, NEMI, and SMOHI programming, SMACNA’s new Recovery Trak Web site, and SMACNA technical programs and services.

Editor: Rosalind P. Raymond rraymond@smacna.org  |  Asst. Editor/Writer: Cynthia Young cyoung@smacna.org

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