Member Update


Published each Thursday, the Member Update provides all SMACNA members with a combination of SMACNA National news and legislative updates, as well as industry information of note.

Member Update Jun 10 2021

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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Standard

This new emergency temporary standard has been put in place to protect healthcare workers from the coronavirus, while offering additional guidance to employers and workers in other industries to protect those who are still not vaccinated.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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Now Available - Ventilation Verification Webinar

Hear directly from several industry experts on the benefits of adding Ventilation Verification to your existing service offerings and how already familiar TAB skills and techniques can play an important role in offering this service to clients.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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Updated Contracts Bulletins Help Contractors Mitigate Risks

SMACNA’s updated contractor bulletins are designed to help members mitigate risks as pricing spikes and material shortages continue to impact their businesses. Shifting the Risk of Rising Material Costs; Force Majeure Provisions – Covid 19; and Force Majeure – A Clause for Our Times contain useful information to help contractors determine the language they should include in new contracts to protect themselves against unforeseen risks.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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Vaccine Policies for Contractors

Many contractors have inquired about the best COVID-19 vaccination policy to adopt, what legal pitfalls might exist for mandatory versus “strongly-encouraged” policies. Learn about both your rights as an employer, employees’ rights, the role the union plays in negotiating mandated policies and OSHA guidelines in this important and timely presentation.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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The CEO Role, Leadership Transitions & DNA Statements with Angie Simon

The Construction Leading Edge Podcast series helps construction business owners streamline their operations, harmonize workflows, eliminate chaos and maximize revenue. In this episode, host Todd Dewalt speaks with Angie Simon about the future of the industry, why leaders need to help change people’s perception of it, and what she and her team are doing to find and groom the next generation of sheet metal workers and leaders.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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Get the SMACNA-SMART Brand Ambassador Program Recruiting for You

Encouraging apprentices to become Brand Ambassadors is one way to help elevate awareness of careers in the sheet metal industry. Brand Ambassadors proactively spread the word about the advantages of SMACNA and SMART careers to friends and family. Industry ambassadors help elevate awareness of careers in the sheet metal industry and also help increase our market share of new apprenticeships while helping to shrink the growing industry labor shortage gap.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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May PinP: SMACNA-SMART Celebrate 75 Years of Partnering

The May issue of Partners in Progress completes the third installment in a three-part series exploring the history of labor-management partnerships, including the programs and initiatives that have strengthened the SMACNA–SMART partnership. Plus, learn about the ‘e-volution’ currently sweeping the sheet metal industry.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 03 2021

Episode #17: Chuck Gulledge on Leading Through a Pandemic and the Future of Our Industry

The pandemic forced industry leaders to connect virtually, and in some cases, meant more “face” time with members than might have occurred under the previous in-person-meeting model. While most organizations are eager to resume onsite, in-person meetings, the pandemic presented an opportunity to connect with members in a way never before explored. ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge explains. Plus, how technology will continue to disrupt our industry, resulting in increased innovation and better air quality.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 03 2021

Employers May Offer Vaccine Incentives

Updated EEOC guidelines note that EEO laws do not preclude employers from offering incentives to employees who voluntarily provide proof of a COVID vaccinations. Vaccination information must be kept confidential and remain in compliance with all federal disability laws and other protections against discrimination.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 03 2021

Help Raise Awareness About Building Safety

Building Safety Week topics include energy and innovation, training, safety, and disaster preparedness. Modules are available online and can be completed at your own pace, anytime and anywhere from the convenience of your computer. A free Campaign Toolkit includes template resources, such as news releases, advertising, and pre-written social media posts to help drive awareness of building safety topics in your community.

MEMBER UPDATE May 27 2021

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Spring Issue of SMART Journal Available Online

The Spring issue of SMART includes a special focus on building back the union and explores how the Biden administration is positively impacting the industry. The issue also highlights TABB contractors on the frontlines and the SMART–SMACNA diversity initiative.

Member Update May 13 2021

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Episode #16: Diversity and Equity in the Industry

In Episode 16 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Leah Rambo, Training Director and Fund Administrator at Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, about the diversity, women in the trade and inclusion opportunities in NYC and how she helps ensure there are opportunities in the trade to remain equitable and competitive.

Member Update May 13 2021

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SMACNA’s New Website Is Live!

SMACNA has launched a new website, focused on the needs of members and chapter executives while also serving to raise awareness of our industry. The site contains many new features and advantages outlined below.

Member Update May 12 2021

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TAB Contractor, EB&I, Helps Businesses in New Mexico Evaluate Their HVAC Systems

The pandemic helped create some amazing opportunities for contractors like Tony Kocurek, owner of Energy Balance &, Integration (EB&I), an Albuquerque, N.M.-based TAB business. In 2020, EB&I helped customers from hospitals to casinos address their changing HVAC system needs, not only to deal with extreme climate issues, but also due to the pandemic.

Member Update Mar 04 2021

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NIOSH App Helps Track PPE

The NIOSH PPE Tracker mobile app can help employers in the construction industry keep track of their personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory. Facilities can use the app to calculate their average PPE consumption rate or “burn rate.”