Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


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FMI's First Quarter Construction Outlook

Total engineering and construction spending for the U.S. is forecast to end up 7 percent in 2018, compared to 4 percent in 2017.
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Crew-Cost Wage Equalization: What Members Need to Know

The obligation to equalize wages exists in every sheet metal building trades agreement in the country and has been around for more than 60 years. However, calculation and enforcement of wage equalization varied from local area to local area. This overview will help explain a new method of calculating wage equalization that is available for adoption by local unions and chapters.
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Don’t Underestimate Your Power to Make a Difference on Capitol Hill ​

Make plans to join fellow SMACNA chapter leaders on Capitol Hill May 8-10, 2018 at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C. to educate legislators about how their legislative actions impact the issues facing the unionized sector of the construction industry.

2018 Bargainers’ Update—Timely Bargaining Tips

Successful negotiation of a local labor agreement requires solid preparation and gathering relevant data to support management’s proposals.

Need to Increase Attendance at Your Meetings?

SMACNA National’s Chapter Education Program enables a chapter to bring in a professional industry speaker to present an in-depth education program on a variety of business topics, plus SMACNA pays the instructor’s fee for one program. Reimbursement is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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SMACNA Personnel Policy Guide—New Members-Only Resource

Most small- to medium-sized contractors don’t have a human resources department and that’s where SMACNA steps in to assist with its new Personnel Policies and Procedures guide.
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Annual Industry Labor Report Predicts 2018 Man-hours

According to SMACNA’s newly released 2018 Annual Industry Labor Report, 2017 man-hours increased 2.51%, however a decrease is predicted for 2018.
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Composite Plan Update

Unfortunately, the GROW Act was not included in the Omnibus Spending bill passed by the House earlier today. It is unlikely the Senate will make any changes to the bill.

Training Centers Ramp Up Construction to Meet Market Growth, Contractor Demands

Unionized sheet metal training centers across the country are undergoing new construction and renovations to accommodate contractor demands, expanding programs, and new technology.
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March Is Ladder Safety Month

The ladder is one of the simplest, most easy-to-use tools in the construction industry. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year nearly 300 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries.

Specialty Trades Added 37,600 Positions in February

The construction industry experienced sustained job growth and an unchanged unemployment rate in February, adding another 61,000 jobs primarily in the specialty construction sector. “The labor market remains tight, and our members continue to invest in accredited apprenticeship and workforce training programs to ensure we are preparing the next generation of construction employees for the growing market,” said Jack Jacobson, spokesperson for the Construction Employers of America.
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Get Ready to Bargain Over Crew Costs

All local bargaining committees and chapter executives should plan to sign up for SMACNA’s one-hour, webcast, Bargaining Over Crew-Cost Equalization, on April 11, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EDT, to explore what adopting the crew-cost method will mean for local contractors.
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Sign Up for the Bargainers Conference Call

Reserve a seat today on the second 2018 Bargainers Conference Call scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and get all your questions answered. There is no charge to participate.
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Oklahoma Chapter Talks Workforce Issues with Lieutenant Governor Candidate

At the invitation of SMACNA President-Elect Nathan Dills, Matt Pinnell, candidate for Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, had dinner with members of the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Oklahoma and then toured the apprenticeship school for Local 124.
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New SMACNA Personnel Policies and Procedures Guide Now Available

The latest addition to SMACNA’s Contractor Operations Manual is a Personnel Policies and Procedures guide that can help new employees gain appreciation for the potential rewards with a company.
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Join SMOHIT’s New Steps Challenge

Did you know that walking at least 10,000 steps a day reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers?

Help Needed to Move Composite Plan Legislation

We are hearing a lot of items may be included when the House votes on the Omnibus Spending bill sometime before March 23. We are making sure that the GROW Act is included in the discussions and that means Hill offices need to hear from you, their constituents.

January 2018 Board of Directors Meeting Report

Attached is the report covering SMACNA’s Board of Directors Meeting, January 15-16, 2018. It will be approved at the July 16th meeting.

SMACNA Celebrates Women in Construction Week

SMACNA is celebrating Women in Construction Week, (#2018WICWeek) March 4-10, 2018, by turning the spotlight on special women and their contributions to the construction industry.
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Institutional Building Growth Led February Construction Market Index

According to the Dodge Momentum Index February industrial building growth rose 8.2%, while commercial building declined 4.2%. The report indicated that a large number of state and local bonds for schools and other institutional buildings over the past few election cycles continue to fuel industrial construction.