The latest issue of Partners in Progress magazine talks about how to “own” our future, even though technology, business practices, and the economic climate are constantly changing. The issue begins by analyzing how scenarios from the most recent HVAC and Sheet Metal Industry Futures Study have played out. While some are the way the study envisioned, others are diverging. Staying on top of these tangents will help both SMART and SMACNA bill more hours and win more work.
One area where momentum is building is the green sector. More and more building owners and managers are becoming focused on achieving LEED certification. Is your business certified to work on these projects? What about individuals in your local union? And what does LEED certification mean these days, anyway? The standards don’t remain stagnant, and you cannot either. Further, find out how SMACNA-Western Washington’s Johansen Mechanical and Local Union 66 have taken the sustainable mandate working on a project in Arlington, Washington.
Another area where momentum remains strong is creating a safety culture, rather than a safety program that is simply a dusty binder on the shelf. It is an approach that benefits both labor and management every day and works best when it is the priority for both sides.
Indeed, when SMACNA and SMART work together, we are better able to face and benefit from new developments in the industry. Two of the ways we share ideas and best practices that benefit our industry are this publication and the Partners in Progress Conference. The conference brings together labor and management delegates from across North America to foster communication and trust while learning from each other. At the conference, we find answers that apply to our local areas and learn how to apply them. Save the date for our next conference in 2020. Read the entire issue here.