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International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
Joseph Sellers, Jr.
General President
July 24, 2017

Brothers and Sisters,
As an organizational strategic initiative, we have been striving to improve the recruitment and retention of women in our membership and to learn of the challenges they face once they
become members. You have seen this by direct communication and by addressing this at our Conferences and Council meetings. To facilitate these goals I encourage you, once again, to
send a contingent of women members from your local union to the Women Building Nations Conference in Chicago this October. Conference information, registration and hotel booking
links are found below.
Conference details
Registration for the conference
Registration for hotel
This is the 7th National Conference; the event originated as Women Building California in 2002 and has grown from about 250 delegates to over 1,500 last year. This year’s conference is cosponsored by Chicago Women in Trades and the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). It-has-the support of every International Union, including SMART. Last year, this
conference brought together union members, apprentices, journeywomen, women in leadership and women ready to retire to network, to share experiences, to mentor and to learn.
Government officials, union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators and tradeswomen facilitate more than 50 workshops and plenary sessions. Attendees to this conference will build their leadership skills, union identity, mentoring connections and support networks. A special session titled “Recruiting and Retaining Women in the Trades: An Institute for Practitioners and Employers” will also be held on Friday October 13th. This will be useful to Training Coordinators, Instructors and pre-apprentice program managers.
Fraternally,
Joseph Sellers, Jr.
General President

 

 

Last week, 51 Republican Members of Congress joined 191 Democratic colleagues in soundly rejecting an attempt to weaken the laws that let you earn decent wages on publicly funded projects. This latest of such amendments, sponsored by Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ), lost 242-183.  The Davis Bacon Act has given millions of workers the financial freedom to raise their families and pursue the American Dream.  It is increasingly accepted, across all political viewpoints, that the path to the middle class for millions of Americans rests in construction trades careers such as those in the unionized sheet metal industry. Yet this cynical attempt to change Davis Bacon wage formulas would have locked millions of workers out of good careers in the construction industry, thus denying them the opportunity to join the middle class.  Every SMART member deserves recognition for their work in ensuring this victory. With that in mind, we must double our efforts in support of prevailing wages by thanking those who stood with us and reminding those who voted against us that we will take notice of their efforts to undermine American workers.
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At the Sheet Metal Occupation Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) the mission, in addition to their health screening program, is to provide industry-leading health and safety solutions that minimize occupational illnesses and injuries for members in the sheet metal industry.

As an added benefit of membership, they are hosting a little friendly competition — a STEPS Challenge.

 

 

 

The top 15 individuals who have the highest number of steps for six weeks – June 15th to July 31st – will win big. Visit http://www.smohit.org/stepschallenge for more info.
FROM THE DESK OF RANDALL A. KROCKA
SMOHIT Administrator 
Let’s help keep each other safe this National Safety Month

OSHA joins the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country in recognizing June as National Safety Month. According to NSC, preventable deaths are at an all-time high in America. In fact, more than 130,000 people die needlessly every year – one every four minutes.

As part of an effort to emphasize the importance of safety both on and off the job, NSC’s Keep Each Other Safe campaign emphasizes the importance of safety and health at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. Visit the National Safety Month website to take the SafeAtWork pledge and access downloadable materials, including a poster, tips sheets, and social media graphics. You can also register for a free webinar taking place on June 22.