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China Still Subject to Steel Tariffs

The Trump administration will not lift new tariffs on steel and aluminum from China as part of a deal aimed at reducing the huge trade deficit with that country and addressing U.S. concerns about intellectual property theft, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Tuesday.
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Business Rights Attorney Tapped for Senior Labor Department Role

Michael Avakian, the principal member of the Washington, D.C. office of Atlanta-based Wimberly & Lawson, has been named Associate Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Partners In Progress Newsletter Now Available

The latest edition of the Partners in Progress magazine, a cooperative effort between SMACNA and SMART, is now available.
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How Data Can Make Your Website Better

SMACNA chapter websites have a diverse audience—contractors, engineers, students—all with different interests and needs. Like SMACNA, a food bank serving Chicago and Cook County has a variety of audiences for their website—all with different interests and needs.
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Trending Now: 3% Pay Hikes

BNA Labor News reported a 3% average first-year increase in line with what is seen by SMACNA to date.
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IFUS Non-Member Contributor Names Needed

SMACNA is preparing the 2017 SMACN-IFUS Annual Report and is required to send a copy to Industry Fund of the United States’ non-member contributors.
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SMART and SMACNA Leaders Address TAUC Leadership Conference

SMACNA CEO Vincent Sandusky and SMART General President Joseph Sellers, together, delivered a dynamic presentation at the 2018 Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) Leadership Conference today.
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SMACNA’s Information Technology Guide Includes A Disaster Recovery Plan

More than 40 percent of construction companies do not have a dedicated information technology (IT) department, according to J.B. Knowledge’s Construction Technology Report. For small- and medium-sized specialty contractors, like most SMACNA members, that percentage is significantly higher.
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Beware of Your Customers Losing Their Energy Star Standing

In August, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to publish updated scores based on newer survey data that will include a larger proportion of energy-efficient buildings.
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Nucor Announces Plans to Build Sheet Metal Line at Arkansas Mill

Nucor Steel Arkansas is positioning to become a major supplier to the growing U.S. galvanized steel sheet metal market
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Urge Lawmakers Not to Ignore America’s Infrastructure Crisis

After decades of undependable funding, the National Park Service has an infrastructure repair backlog estimated at $11.6 billion (FY 2017) and could potentially create or support over 110,000 infrastructure industry jobs. SMACNA has urged Congress to do something about this problem. Now it’s your turn.
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SMACNA Making a Difference on Capitol Hill

SMACNA members and chapter executives made their voices heard on Capitol Hill last week at the CEA National Issues Conference, in Washington, D.C.
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Tips for Reading the Room Before a Presentation

The best way to read a room is to pay close attention to people — and not just what they’re saying.
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High School and Local Union Partnership Delivers Clear Path to Apprenticeship

There is a big demand for skilled workers in Louisiana. About five years ago, Local Union 214, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sought out a partnership with nearby Doyle High School and together they created a sheet metal apprenticeship program that offers students a chance to join a dwindling sheet metal workforce and receive an attractive wage package.
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ENR New England Names Cannistraro as Specialty Contractor of Year

Noted for their “fearless innovation,” SMACNA contractor J.C. Cannistraro LLC, one of the largest mechanical contractors in New England, has been named the first-ever ENR New England Specialty Contractor of the Year. The growing company will be featured in the May edition of ENR England.
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Federal OSHA Now Requires All States to Comply with Records Reporting

Following a review of OSHA injury and illness records requirements (the "Improve Tracking of Workplace” regulation), OSHA has taken action to correct an error that was made regarding implementation of the final rule.
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Chapter in the News: Georgia-SMACNA Represented at Senatorial Luncheon

SMACNA member John McKenney, CEO of McKenney’s Inc., and Ginger Slaick, executive vice president of Georgia-SMACNA represented the chapter at a small luncheon attended by Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Shelley Capito (R-W.Va.) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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Data Privacy and Cyber Liability: What You Don’t Know Puts Your Chapter at Risk

Although data breaches seem increasingly common, most association leaders still know very little about the potential risks that arise collecting and storing personal information from employees, members, and vendors.
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April Construction Employment Rebounds from March Decline

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the country’s April employment report on May 4, revealing unemployment at 3.9%, the lowest level since 2000.
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The 5 Must-Have Leadership Traits

It’s time to abandon that tired business school mantra about the leaders always seeming to be the smartest one in the room.
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