Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


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Upbeat pop musician Andy Grammer to entertain at convention

Pop singer Andy Grammer’s cheerful approach to life combined with his happy, positive lyrics make a winning combination for a high-spirited conclusion to SMACNA’s 75th Annual Convention on Wednesday evening, Oct. 17, in San Diego.

Providing solutions to increase productivity

SMACNA’s Premier Partner Mestek Machinery has been creating innovative solutions in sheet metal and duct fabrication for more than 70 years. Mestek Machinery provides a full line of HVAC fabricating equipment, including the Pittsburgh lock rollformer, Iowa Precision Industries formerly known as Welty Way coil lines, Lockformer Vulcan Plasma cutting systems, Cornermatic-Whisper-Loc machines, and numerous other auxiliary equipment and solutions for the HVAC mechanical and sheet metal contractors and duct fabricators.
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Chapter in the News – Arizona commissioners learn how energy policies impact real people

Members of the SMACNA Arizona chapter helped state energy officials not only understand the role of energy efficiency in creating HVAC industry jobs, they helped them understand how the HVAC industry can help generate energy savings too.

SMACNA reminders

May 2018 - Safety Surveys Due – May 4; Financial Boot Camp – May 6-9, Tempe, Ariz.; Leadership Development Program – May 21-24, Chapel Hill, N.C.; CEA National Issues Conference – May 8-10, Washington, D.C.

Welcome new SMACNA members ​

Arabian International Company for Steel Structure, Jeddah, KSA; Century Mechanical Systems Factory LLC, Dubai, UAE; Prime Mechanical, Livermore, Calif.

Welcome new Associate Members

SMACNA welcomes returning Gold Associate Members Daikin Applied of Plymouth, Minn. (also a SMACNA Premier Partner), and QuoteSoft of Eugene, Ore.
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Tariff Impact: The Rising Costs of Steel and Aluminum

President Trump signed proclamations that impose a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports and a 25 percent tariff on steel imports with limited exceptions and exemptions. The tariff took effect March 23, 2018.
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FMI's First Quarter Construction Outlook

Total engineering and construction spending for the U.S. is forecast to end up 7 percent in 2018, compared to 4 percent in 2017.
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Crew-Cost Wage Equalization: What Members Need to Know

The obligation to equalize wages exists in every sheet metal building trades agreement in the country and has been around for more than 60 years. However, calculation and enforcement of wage equalization varied from local area to local area. This overview will help explain a new method of calculating wage equalization that is available for adoption by local unions and chapters.
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Don’t Underestimate Your Power to Make a Difference on Capitol Hill ​

Make plans to join fellow SMACNA chapter leaders on Capitol Hill May 8-10, 2018 at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C. to educate legislators about how their legislative actions impact the issues facing the unionized sector of the construction industry.

2018 Bargainers’ Update—Timely Bargaining Tips

Successful negotiation of a local labor agreement requires solid preparation and gathering relevant data to support management’s proposals.

Need to Increase Attendance at Your Meetings?

SMACNA National’s Chapter Education Program enables a chapter to bring in a professional industry speaker to present an in-depth education program on a variety of business topics, plus SMACNA pays the instructor’s fee for one program. Reimbursement is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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SMACNA Personnel Policy Guide—New Members-Only Resource

Most small- to medium-sized contractors don’t have a human resources department and that’s where SMACNA steps in to assist with its new Personnel Policies and Procedures guide.
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Annual Industry Labor Report Predicts 2018 Man-hours

According to SMACNA’s newly released 2018 Annual Industry Labor Report, 2017 man-hours increased 2.51%, however a decrease is predicted for 2018.
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Composite Plan Update

Unfortunately, the GROW Act was not included in the Omnibus Spending bill passed by the House earlier today. It is unlikely the Senate will make any changes to the bill.

Training Centers Ramp Up Construction to Meet Market Growth, Contractor Demands

Unionized sheet metal training centers across the country are undergoing new construction and renovations to accommodate contractor demands, expanding programs, and new technology.
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March Is Ladder Safety Month

The ladder is one of the simplest, most easy-to-use tools in the construction industry. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year nearly 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries.

Specialty Trades Added 37,600 Positions in February

The construction industry experienced sustained job growth and an unchanged unemployment rate in February, adding another 61,000 jobs primarily in the specialty construction sector. “The labor market remains tight, and our members continue to invest in accredited apprenticeship and workforce training programs to ensure we are preparing the next generation of construction employees for the growing market,” said Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for the Construction Employers of America.
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Get Ready to Bargain Over Crew Costs

All local bargaining committees and chapter executives should plan to sign up for SMACNA’s one-hour, webcast, Bargaining Over Crew-Cost Equalization, on April 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, to explore what adopting the crew-cost method will mean for local contractors.
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Sign Up for the Bargainers Conference Call

Reserve a seat today on the second 2018 Bargainers Conference Call scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and get all your questions answered. There is no charge to participate.