Volume 36, Issue Number 8 August 2, 2002


Placing Support Behind Best Practices


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“SMACNA and the SMWIA can promote and provide the best training available, but the quality and productivity depends on you,” explained SMWIA Business Manager Bruce Word in a challenge to San Francisco Local 104 members.

Energized by a recent “best practices” presentation to Bay Area SMACNA and SMWIA Local 104 members, Mr. Word continued, “You not only represent yourself, but you represent all of us and our futures when you’re on the jobsite. Take pride in the craft you’ve chosen and perform it to the best of your ability.”

He encouraged his members to “do a productivity check once in a while. Starting July 1 a building trades journeyperson will be costing the customer approximately $425 for an eight-hour day with wages and fringe benefits. At the end of each day, ask yourself if you would pay someone else $425 for the amount of work you perform and accept the same quality.”

Sponsored by the Bay Area SMACNA Chapter and SMWIA Local 104, a joint presentation by Ron Rodgers, SMACNA president and Tom Kelly, business manager of SMWIA Local 19 in Philadelphia described the importance of the “best practices” initiative supported by SMACNA and the SMWIA and stressed the importance of retaining and growing market share through cooperation.

Attendees were urged to implement joint labor-management meetings on a regular basis to address issues that can improve market share for the organized sheet metal industry in the Bay Area.


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

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