Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA supports energy efficiency bills, Davis-Bacon
SMACNA is working on Capitol Hill to support two bills amending the IRS tax code—to make the energy efficient building deduction permanent and to expense energy efficient HVAC equipment. SMACNA’s legislative efforts are also focused upon increasing funding for overdue airport infrastructure improvements—to meet future capacity demands and create job opportunities.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Crew Cost Method of Wage Equalization – UPDATE
SMACNA and SMART have come to an agreement in principle regarding the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding for Local Areas that Adopt the Crew Cost Method of Wage Equalization. The MOU defines the crew cost methodology for wage equalization and provides implementation and administrative direction.
New technologies streamline Southland Industries' work
Using collaboration tools and other new technologies on data center work has made possible extensive productivity gains at SMACNA contractor Southland Industries and helps make them more competitive. Southland has offices in California, Nevada, and Virginia.
Nuclear industry awaits critical tax credits
Utility companies in South Carolina and Georgia are trying to decide whether to continue building or abandon construction on two expensive nuclear reactors as they wait for the U.S. Senate to extend a nuclear tax credit they are counting on.
iTi offers industrial sheet metal coursework
The International Training Institute (iTi), co-sponsored by SMACNA and SMART, offers a variety of classes that are directly applicable to industrial sheet metal work. Find a summary below. For additional information, visit sheetmetal-iti.org or contact the iTi’s Program Director Michael Harris (email@example.com / (703) 739-7200).
July 2017 SMACNews
Inside this issue: See how SMACNA is working on your behalf. Check out our 2017 Mid-Year Report. Are you your employees’ champion? Now available: SMACNA’s updated “Thermoset FRP Duct Construction Manual.” New market? NHF analyzes risk. 2017 safety winners announced.
October 2016 - SMACNA 73rd Annual Convention – Oct. 16-19, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix; December 2016 - Council of Chapter Representatives – Dec. 4-6, Amelia Island, Fla.
June 2017 Council meeting highlights
Members of SMACNA’s Council of Chapter Representatives discussed recruiting, the SMART Heroes program, a chapter labor-management training program, and exchanged valuable ideas they could take back to their home chapters at the June Council meeting.
Reminder: Federal contractors required to provide paid sick leave
Federal contractors need to be prepared to comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.” The rule, established by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division, went into effect for most federal contracts entered into on or after Jan. 1, 2017.