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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.