Chapter Leadership


Published on Thursdays, Chapter Leadership News provides chapter executives, chapter leaders, and chapter staff with timely and relevant news from SMACNA National, along with useful information and helpful insights to keep SMACNA chapters updated and engaged with members.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jun 17 2021

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SMACNA Board Liaison Program for Chapter Leaders

SMACNA’s Board Liaison Program helps to facilitate communication between SMACNA leaders. Chapters interested in inviting a board liaison to an event should complete the invitation form and submit it directly to SMACNA National. 

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jun 17 2021

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Employees Key to Your DEI Initiatives

Organization can achieve their desired DEI outcomes by ensuring their diversity and inclusion efforts are aligned and that they have employee buy-in. It’s also critical that DEI initiatives are consistent and transparent, and that everyone recognizes the factors that contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, understands the difference between each, and can identify ways to improve DEI at their organization.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jun 10 2021

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June Capitol Hill Update: Congressional Response to COVID-19, Agenda Highlights and More

Featured topics in this most recent Legislative Update include recent developments surrounding the Congressional response to COVID-19, with a strong focus on legislation that has been passed, and the current Congressional agenda leading up to and beyond the August recess.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jun 10 2021

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Navigating 'Invisible' Leadership Transitions

'Invisible'  leadership transitions involve changes to the scope and nature of a position without a formal promotion or official position description change. This type of change became especially true of leaders at organizations of all sizes and scopes during COVID-19. One factor that makes invisible transitions stand out is that they are usually harder to make than formal ones. Here’s how you as a leader can successfully adapt.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jun 03 2021

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Special Offer on SMACNA Safety Meeting App

The SMACNA Safety Meeting App is designed to make safety a top priority for your members by providing over 1,300 safety meeting topics including SMACNA industry-specific content, along with incident documentation and checklists that can be accessed anytime, anywhere thorough iOS and Android devices.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jun 03 2021

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Familiarize Yourself with SMACNA’s New Website

SMACNA’s website is generating a lot of traffic and visitors – more than 7,000 per week. Make sure you are familiar with all the resources available to you and your members including articles, events, and training opportunities, as well as information on our board liaison program, chapter executive institute and other opportunities available to expand your leadership expertise.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP May 27 2021

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NJAB June In-person Hearings Canceled

The in-person June meeting of the NJAB has been canceled. When possible, cases will be heard by subcommittee. The next meeting of the NJAB will be in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept 23–24, 2021.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP May 20 2021

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Looking to Hire? Here’s What to Consider.

As more people get vaccinated and the pandemic continues to subside, more organizations are taking their pre-pandemic job vacancies off hold with plans to fill the positions by the end of 2021, or sooner. Here are the questions you should be asking your potential new hires.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP May 20 2021

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Reinventing the In-person Meeting

As face-to-face meetings and travel resume, business still need to exercise caution when holding in-person gatherings. Don’t ditch your virtual meetings just yet. Online webinars and conferences still appeal to a wide audience, many of whom are not yet ready to travel or resume meeting in-person — or both.

Chapter Leadership May 13 2021

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DEI, Advocacy, Information-Sharing and Association Antitrust

As SMACNA Chapter associations start advancing DEI efforts in their areas with the best of intentions, they need to be aware that even well-intentioned initiatives require mindful planning. Antitrust risks need to be taken into account when designing and planning initiatives that help members promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Chapter Leadership May 13 2021

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Recorded Webinar: Pension Plans and the American Recovery Plan Act of 2021

In this webinar, SMACNA’s legal and Capitol Hill staff join Mariah Becker, Director of Research & Education at NCCMP (National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans) to explain the measures included in The American Recovery Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

Chapter Leadership May 06 2021

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

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.

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Join SMACNA’s Online Chapter Executive Community

SMACNA’s Chapter Executives Community in an online forum where leaders can exchange dialogue, share best practices, answer each other’s most pressing questions, promote ideas on chapter administration, discuss industry concerns or learn from their colleagues across the country. 

Chapter Leadership Apr 29 2021

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Antitrust Compliance Reminders for Trade Associations

The recent dismissal of an antitrust complaint for failure to offer membership and member benefits brought against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association provides some basic antitrust compliance reminders for trade associations and their members.

Chapter Leadership Apr 22 2021

Webinar: Pension Plans and the American Recovery Act of 2021

The American Recovery Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) included some important provisions that potentially impact multiemployer plans within our industry.

Chapter Leadership Apr 22 2021

Embedding Purpose into Your Organization

What do chemistry and engagement have in common? More than you might think.

Chapter Leadership Apr 15 2021

How to Make Your Organization’s Board More Diverse

Promoting more diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is on every leader’s radar these days.

Chapter Leadership Apr 15 2021

Improve Your Virtual Panel Discussions

One thing we’ve learned from new work arrangements is that panel discussions are perfectly well-suited to online forums. 

Chapter Leadership Apr 08 2021

Simple Ways to Keep Member Data Current

Updating your member data can seem like a daunting task — but it doesn’t have to be.

Chapter Leadership Apr 08 2021

June Council Meeting to Be Held Virtually

During last week’s call with Council of Chapter Executive Representatives, the decision was mad to hold the June of the Council of Chapter Representatives meeting as a virtual event. 

Chapter Leadership Apr 01 2021

How to Improve Virtual Work in 2021

Learn about the new time management and collaborative tech tools available to improve your remote work experience.

Chapter Leadership Apr 01 2021

Tax Credits for Employers Who Voluntarily Provide E-PSL and E-FMLA Extended

The recently passed American Rescue Plan Act extends tax credits originally enacted under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) until September 30, 2021. 

Chapter Leadership Apr 01 2021

Take the 2021 SMART–SMACNA Labor-Management Cooperation Survey!

The SMART–SMACNA joint Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force is conducting its third annual survey to get a snapshot of labor-management cooperation efforts — as well as internet and social media presence, use of free Partners in Progress Resources, and more — during the difficult year of 2020.

Chapter Leadership Mar 25 2021

Leaders More Future-Focused in 2021

Boards will be focused on two important challenges in 2021: technology strategy and diversity, equity and inclusions measures.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Mar 24 2021

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Strategies for Association CEOs Beyond 2020

Becoming more flexible, nimble, proactive and empathetic are just a few of the skills top association leaders say helped them lead through COVID-19. Other leaders pivoted their operating models to focus on revenue-based budgeting, hybrid approaches to learning and networking that combined virtual platforms with local in-person meetings, and, of course, fully virtual events. Here’s how some of your fellow association CEOs adapted in 2020, and how they plan to apply those lessons learned in the future.

Chapter Leadership Mar 18 2021

How to Take Advantage of PPP Loans and the ERTC

Paycheck Protection Program loans aren’t just for SMACNA members with a small contracting business.

Chapter Leadership Feb 25 2021

What to Focus on in 2021

Businesses faced unprecedented changes, disruptions and threats to their operating models in 2020, and yet it’s still hard to know which of those changes will be fleeting and which new policies and behaviors are here to stay.

Chapter Leadership Feb 25 2021

Fostering Culture in a Post-Pandemic Office

By now, many people are all “Zoomed out” on remote meetings. Despite their effectiveness in keeping organizations running, plenty of challenges remain for business in 2021.

Chapter Leadership Feb 17 2021

Update: Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

As more COVID-19 vaccines are approved and made available to willing recipients, there will be increased discussion around whether, when and how contractors might require their employees to be vaccinated.

Chapter Leadership Jan 21 2021

SMART to Establish Northeast Council

Effective May 1, 2021, SMART will establish a Regional Council Structure in the Northeast. 

Chapter Leadership Jan 14 2021

3 Ways Leaders Will Need to Pivot in 2021

With COVID cases breaking records and sociopolitical unrest simmering, 2021 will require leaders, along with workers, to continue to bring their A game.

Chapter Leadership Jan 07 2021

Building a Brighter Future: Leading in 2021

Here are five ways leaders can prepare their organizations and employees for a dramatically changed future, one that will be shaped by the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic.

Chapter Leadership Mar 25 2020

Customized SMACNA PowerPoint Decks Available

SMACNA now offers a new PowerPoint template that can be customized for SMACNA chapters that wish to incorporate their own logos. The slide deck matches SMACNA’s updated marketing materials.

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NLRB Rejects Union Motion to Reconsider Ruling in Temp Agency Case

While rare for SMACNA contractors to use staffing agencies, when they do, they generally do not want to have these individuals legally treated as their employees.