Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


2017 Collective Bargaining Orientation provides valuable guidance

Mar 7, 2017

Tom Keating BargainingSMACNA’s 2017 Collective Bargaining Orientation, held in February in Dallas, focused on priming contractors and chapter executives for collective bargaining.

Approximately 30 chapters are entering negotiations in 2017 for a new collective bargaining agreement. Tom Keating, executive director of SMACNA Colorado, offered guidance on preparing for bargaining and provided data on gaging the local industry and economy. Mr. Keating also demonstrated how to find useful information on the internet.

Carey Peters, executive director, Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), led a discussion on SMACNA’s employment share numbers. Mr. Peters also explained the methodology that CLRC uses to compare the number of union workers to total employment for the industry.

Michael McNally and John Hauge of Felhaber Larson provided an in-depth overview of the legal framework for bargaining and preparing for impasse.

SMACNA Executive Director of Labor Relations Deborah Wyandt and Director of Labor Relations Jason Watson provided an overview of current industry bargaining trends and of all the bargaining resources and support that SMACNA offers for contractors and chapters the during bargaining season.

Participants attending from around the country also asked questions and discussed current issues in bargaining.

The latest employment share numbers were distributed to SMACNA chapters in January 2017. (If you would like a copy of your area’s numbers, please contact Jason Watson, SMACNA director of labor relations,

You may download materials from the 2017 Collective Bargaining Orientation on SMACNA’s Labor Relations webpage under Presentations and Reports.