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Labor Agreements

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Analysis of Locally Negotiated Residential Addenda in the Sheet Metal Industry

Released in August 2014 by the SMACNA National Labor Relations Department, this report analyzes and compares 55 Local Residential Addenda. 

Labor Agreeements

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SMART Duct/Mechanical Insulation Agreement Template and Analysis

SMART Sample Agreement Template for a Local Duct/Mechanical Insulation Agreement and memorandum outlining key aspects of the agreement.


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2019 Memorandum of Agreement by SMART and Insulators

On June 1, 2019, SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers) and Insulators (International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers) executed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing the terms and work scope of the jurisdictional settlement between the two organizations.


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If an apprentice is injured at a JATC training center: Who pays?

An employer’s workers’ compensation liability for apprentices typically consider three factors:  the zone of “employment,” whether the injury is work-related, and the “coming and going” rule.


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SMART Code of Excellence

SMART’s Code of Excellence Program codifies the SMART policies and procedures regarding member conduct while on the jobsite.  Implemented at the local level by the business manager, the program establishes best practices to promote professional behavior of members.


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International Reciprocity Agreement and Addendum D

In a June 2015 Memorandum, the SMART General President announced a new addendum to the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association Master Reciprocal Agreement. When executed by the Local JATC Trustees, this allows for reciprocity between local training funds which then permits contributions to go back to the worker’s home training fund.


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SMART Constitution

Revised in Las Vegas, NV at the 2nd SMART General Convention in August 2019, the SMART Constitution and Ritual governs the political structure, function, and operation of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. 

SMACNA Press Release Dec 07 2020

SMACNA Names Ginger Slaick as 2020 Chapter Executive of the Year

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), the leading voice in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, today announced Ginger Slaick, executive vice president of Georgia-SMACNA, as the recipient of this year’s Chapter Executive of the Year Award during the SMACNA Annual Business Meeting. 

Collective Bargaining

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SMACNA Substance Abuse Testing Guidelines

The SMACNA Substance Abuse Testing Guidelines provide an outline for employers to follow when drafting, implementing, and administering drug and alcohol testing policies and employee substance abuse assistance programs, especially in the context of a workforce covered by a collective bargaining agreement.


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RHCRA & HSA Presentation

While a Health Savings Account may be used in conjunction with an existing health plan and used while still actively working, a RHCRA is a stand-alone plan that may not be used while actively working.  This presentation discusses expenses covered under an HCRA, important IRS rules to consider and coverage periods.


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How the Labels Work

SMART’s “Label It, Scan It, Report It” phone app uses barcoded labels scanned via a phone app on building trades and production products to convey information on the average crew cost for the fabrication local and the jobsite local.


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HCRA Announcement to all Participants

SASMI is a national benefits fund for the sheet metal workers that provides Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB Benefits) and Underemployment Benefits.  This announcement explains how the Retiree Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA), which became effective in 2014, works. 

Collective Bargaining

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Crew Cost Method of Wage Equalization

In January 2018, SMACNA and SMART signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the "crew-cost method" of wage equalization. The crew-cost method both relieves the administrative burden and challenges often associated with calculating wage e

Affordable Care Act

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Reporting Required under Affordable Care Act for 2015

This document provides instructions pertaining to reporting an employer must complete for employees on whose behalf the employer contributes to a multiemployer health and welfare plan.

Affordable Care Act

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ACA Compliance White Paper

The whitepaper, “Contractor Compliance with the Affordable Care Act in 2016,” details the requirements of the Affordable Care Act for contractors considered Applicable Large Employers (ALEs).

June 4-6, 2022

June 2022 Council of Chapter Representatives

Meeting of SMACNA chapter representatives and leadership. 

  • LocationCharleston, SC
  • Calendar DateJun/04 - Jun/06 2022

May 1-3, 2022

Planning Your Exit and Business Valuation

Focuses on planned exit options and helps business owners develop a personalized exit plan. Develop realistic expectations and consequences of transferring ownership of your business.

  • LocationSan Diego, CA
  • Calendar DateMay/01 - May/03 2022

April 3-6, 2022

Project Managers Institute

Covers the essential skills of effective project management for project managers, including management/leadership, project planning, time management, change order management, and more.

  • LocationRaleigh, NC
  • Calendar DateApr/03 - Apr/06 2022

March 13-17, 2022

Business Management University

Provides an in-depth study of the business practices necessary to run a successful sheet metal company.  Program sessions include financial management, strategic planning, contractor survival skills, negotiation, surety and bonding, leadership and productivity.

  • LocationTempe, AZ
  • Calendar DateMar/13 - Mar/17 2022

Jan 20-Feb 1, 2022

Chapter Executive Institute

Held during first quarter in the convention city, this program provides education designed to improve the professionalism of chapter executives.

  • LocationColorado Springs, CO
  • Calendar DateJan/30 - Feb/01 2022

Dec 5-7, 2021

December 2021 Council of Chapter Representatives

Meeting of SMACNA chapter representatives and leadership. 

  • LocationDana Point, CA
  • Calendar DateDec/05 - Dec/07 2021

September 23-24, 2021

National Joint Adjustment Board (NJAB)

September 2021 hearing of the NJAB for the Sheet Metal Industry.

  • LocationPittsburgh, PA
  • Calendar DateSep/23 - Sep/24 2021

Collective Bargaining

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Sheet Metal Settlements

SMACNA tracks local settlements within the sheet metal industry as they are reported. Settlement updates for the current and prior year are available.

Jul 21, 2021

CEA National Issues Conference

Virtual meeting focused on key SMACNA and CEA legislative issues. 

  • LocationVirtual
  • Calendar DateJul/21 2021

June 2021 Council of Chapter Representatives

Chapter Supervisory Training Programs

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A Foreman's Field Guide to Developing Your Workforce - Step II

In Step I we laid the foundation for developing and mentoring your crew. Now it is time to take it a step deeper. How do you push your crew without alienating them? How do you deliver criticism that will change a crew members behavior without changing their attitude for the worse? How do you develop a work ethic and initiative in a generation that may not possess these behaviors and skills?

Contractor Spotlight Video

Contractor Spotlight Video: Energy Balance & Integration

The pandemic has created some amazing opportunities for contractors and Tony Kocurek’s TAB business, EB&I, is a shining example. TAB contractors are helping customers maximize their HVAC systems, not only to deal with extreme climate issues in Albequerque, NM, but also due to the pandemic.

Member Update May 06 2021

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Recorded Webinar: Surety Made Simple

SMACNA members who missed this exclusive webinar on the bond process, including an overview of what successful contractors need to know when providing a surety, can now view the recorded webinar.

Member Update

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Registration for NECA Safety Professionals Conference Open

Registration is now open for NECA’s virtual, industry-wide safety professionals conference, taking place May 25–26, 2021.

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CDC Updated Guidelines for Gatherings, Travel

Member Update May 06 2021

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Answers to Your 2021 Annual Convention Questions

SMACNA plans to deliver the high-quality networking, entertainment, and educational experiences members have come to expect, but to do that safely, some things will change from past years.

Chapter Leadership May 06 2021

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Why Your Chapter Needs a Conflict of Interest Policy

Running your chapter can be complex, and at times tricky, due to potential conflicts of interest. Having clear guidelines on conflicts of interest provides you with a foundation

Chapter Leadership May 06 2021

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Speak Out on Behalf of Our Industry: Engage with Your Elected Officials

SMACNA National’s Capitol Hill Office staff work tirelessly to advance the interests of our members and represent our industry in Congress.

Premier Partner

Risk Management Seminars Coming to a Location Near You

SMACNA members are invited to attend an exclusive, complimentary Risk Management Academy session hosted by Federated Mutual Insurance Company.

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

Technology and the Future of Contracting Work

The economic recovery continues as we manage the new jobsite reality of additional processes and procedures to help combat the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. My virtual and now in-person visits with members have revealed that there is more focus on the jobsite, especially through two lenses: what keeps our people safe and what can help keep projects on time and on budget.

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA Endorses Major School Construction and Retrofit Legislation

School Construction, COVID Tax Credits and Recently Endorsed Bills SMACNA has expressed support for S. 96, “The Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act” sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and 27 cosponsors.

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

UV-C for HVAC Air and Surface Disinfection

Despite decades of research and thousands of applications in hospital emergency and operating rooms, urgent-care centers, universities, and first-responder locations, UV-C has not been widely leveraged. 

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

Improving Upper-Room UV With Ceiling Fans

Studies show that, in spaces with limited air mixing, natural convection generated by heat gains from occupants and equipment at the floor level can reduce the effectiveness of upper-room/air UV systems.

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

The Harder Work: Reputation Management and Trust Building

We continue the series on the “harder work” of leadership — important but not urgent responsibilities that are easy to put off, in some cases for decades. In this installment, we’ll examine the responsibility of owners and senior leaders to incessantly enhance their organization’s reputation, refusing to believe it will stand untarnished without constant attention.


Deteriorating Backlogs: Responding to a New COVID-19 Reality

When 2020 kicked off, the construction industry was flying high. With a steady flow of work and bidding opportunities, large infrastructure projects on the horizon and sureties offering a seemingly endless supply of bonding, most contractors were hitting all-time-high revenues and profits, with healthy backlogs to keep the momentum going.

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

The Bidding Hack: 5 Ways to Increase Your Bid Win Rate

The pandemic led to one of the most difficult years in memorable history for the construction industry — one in which specialty contractors were hit particularly hard. According to a recent report from Autodesk, project bidding dropped roughly 34% in the 60 days following March 19, 2020, the day the first U.S. stay-at-home orders were mandated.


Putting on the Finishing Touch

The heater boxes fabricated and installed by H.M. White help ensure the paint looks great on every Ford vehicle built at a suburban Detroit factory.


HVAC Rebates Help “Frontline” Customers

When COVID-19 hit, SMACNA St. Louis looked for ways to help contractors help their customers who worked on the frontline of the pandemic.

Now Serving Improved Restaurant Air Quality

Metal Press Brakes, Automation Lead to Architectural Improvements

New Technologies Promise Improved Safety and Efficiency

Member Update Apr 29 2021

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Rooftop Ductwork: Round or Rectangular?

When the Air Handling Unit (AHU) will be placed on a rooftop, the designer must consider the ductwork that must route across the roof as well as the duct supports.