Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Bargaining Orientation Offers Timely Legal Strategies and Advice

Apr 30, 2018

IMG_0031Approximately 30 SMACNA chapters and contractors preparing to negotiate new collective bargaining agreements attended SMACNA’s Collective Bargaining Orientation in Dallas for in-depth strategy sessions on key bargaining data, current issues, and the legal aspects of bargaining.

The speaker lineup included:

Tom Keating, chapter liaison, who offered guidance and war stories from his many years as the executive director of SMACNA Colorado. He suggested ways to assess the local industry and economy, as well as how to locate statistics on the internet.

Carey Peters, executive director of the Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC), explained SMACNA’s employment share numbers and provided insight into the methodology that CLRC uses to compare the number of union workers to the total employment for the industry.

Michael McNally and John Hauge, SMACNA’s legal counsel with Felhaber Larson, delivered an overview of the legal framework for bargaining.

SMACNA’s Executive Director of Labor Relations Deborah Wyandt along with Michael McNally explained the crew-cost method of wage equalization and resources SMACNA has prepared for contractors and chapters.

Materials from the 2018 Collective Bargaining Orientation are available to all SMACNA members and may be downloaded from SMACNA’s Labor Relations webpage under “Presentations and Reports.”

Members interested in obtaining a copy of their region’s employment share numbers should contact Jason Watson, SMACNA’s director of labor relations at