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.

MEMBER UPDATE Oct 07 2021

locked icon
Kids Have a Blast at Build Event

In September, Kids Building Wisconsin partnered with local companies, including SMACNA members, to provide an opportunity for kids to learn more about the world of construction.

MEMBER UPDATE Oct 07 2021

locked icon
LJAB Training for Industry Arbitrators

SMACNA is holding a free seminar designed to help your chapter avoid bad decisions and ensure you have the information and resources necessary to meet challenges that arise from grievances.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Sep 23 2021

Improve Board Performance

When dealing with board members, it is important to determine if counterproductive behavior exists and then address it early on.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Sep 16 2021

locked icon
Unconscious Bias in Leaders

Being aware of your unconscious bias can increase diversity, membership retention, and innovation. Several steps to mitigating bias can help your organization be as effective as possible.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Sep 09 2021

locked icon
Customized Marketing Material

This exclusive benefit for SMACNA Chapters is available to all Chapter Executives and authorized staff members. Utilize this resource to customize available collateral materials with your chapter’s unique branding and then have it printed on-demand.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jul 29 2021

locked icon
Communication Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

With many localities beginning to transition back to normalcy, it is important to look back at what communication lessons were learned to find valuable reminders that can help your chapter stay engaged going forward.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jul 28 2021

locked icon
SECURE Act Obligations You Need to Know

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law at the end of 2019, and it included obligations that began in 2021 regarding 401(k) sponsors which Chapters and contractors with part-time employees should be concerned.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jul 21 2021

locked icon
Emerging Leaders Initiative Announced

To include the next generation of leaders in the 2022 Partners in Progress Conference, SMACNA and SMART are giving local chapters and unions the opportunity to register two emerging leaders from their area (one labor and one management) to attend the Conference by waiving their respective registration fees.     

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jul 21 2021

locked icon
CLRC Settlement Report Released

The June 2021 Settlements Report, and accompanying video, provides timely information on current trends in union craft wage and fringe benefits increases in the construction industry.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jul 14 2021

locked icon
PBGC Releases New Interim Rule

Enacted in March 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) provides eligible severely underfunded multi-employer pension plans with a lump-sum payment (called “Special Financial Assistance” or “SFA”) that would allow the plan to pay all benefits due through 2051. 

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jul 14 2021

Biden Issues EO on Non-Compete Clauses

On Friday, July 9, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order that asks the Federal Trade Commission to consider enacting a rule “to curtail the unfair use of non-compete clauses and other clauses or agreements that may unfairly limit worker mobility."

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP Jun 10 2021

locked icon
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

locked icon
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

locked icon
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

locked icon
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 13 2021

locked icon
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

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 Mar 24 2021

locked icon
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 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.