Members of SMACNA’s Council of Chapter Representatives discussed recruiting, the SMART Heroes program, a chapter labor-management training program, and exchanged valuable ideas they could take back to their home chapters at the June Council meeting.
SMACNA's labor counsel Michael McNally of Felhaber Larson provided a comprehensive review of the Pension Benefit Guaranteed Corporation (PBGC), its role in multiemployer defined benefit pension plans, and challenges it faces in the future.
Charlie Mulcahy, SMART’s Director of Craft Services, engaged the Council in a lively, enlightening discussion on the recruiting opportunities available through the SMART Heroes program. This program provides sheet metal industry training, free of charge, to enlisted men and women of the military prior to discharge.
Upon discharge, the veteran may select any one of the SMART apprenticeship programs in the United States that have adopted the direct entry agreement and be provided direct entry and advanced placement as a second-year apprentice. (“Direct entry” means a person does not follow the normal selection procedure to become an apprentice.)
If your area does not allow for direct entry applicants, please encourage your local JATC trustees to review and modify their standards, so that they are able to provide sheet metal industry employment opportunities to veterans.
The first-ever SMART Heroes class is scheduled to be conducted from Aug. 15 through Sept. 29 with graduation tentatively set for Oct. 3 at the DuPont Training Center. The SMACNA Western Washington Chapter and SMART Local 66 are enthusiastic supporters of this pilot program.
Some great chapter information-sharing also took place as SMACNA Western Washington Chapter Executive Director Julie Muller-Neff shared the chapter’s Labor-Management Training Academy program with the group.
Chapter Councilors also heard updates from SMACNA National staff and speakers on legislative, labor, recruitment, training, surety bonding, and technical issues.
The Council selected meeting sites for 2019, including Park City, Utah, for the June 2019 meeting, and Palm Springs, Calif., for the December 2019 meeting.
Members may download copies of the Council presentations on SMACNA’s "For Chapter Executives" webpage.