The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) serves to protect and raise the living standards of over 150,000 skilled men and women employed throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. We work in the construction, manufacturing, service, railroad and shipyard industries.
The SMWIA strives to establish and maintain desirable working conditions for its members through their employers. Doing so provides them that measure of comfort, happiness, and security to which every member is entitled to in return for his or her highly trained and skilled labor.
Last Wednesday, July 27th, John Gregg (candidate for Indiana State Governor) toured the Poynter facility for several hours, visiting with Joseph Lansdell and several Local 20 members. On Friday, the Poynter facility became the stage for a commercial for the John Gregg for Governor campaign, where a few Local 20 members made the cut in the commercial.
Portage area Apprentices were included in the video of Construction Advancement Foundation (CAF) of Northwest Indiana Inc. To view the video, go to the We Build Northwest Indiana website at: www.readynwi.com/videos, and click on the video for construction trades.
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Although it was produced by the California Building Trades, it is relevant to the entire country. Below is the link to a new outstanding video produced by the California Building Trades. The video peels back the curtain and tells the truth about the ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors).
Do yourself a favor and take 10 minutes to watch this video - then forward it to as many folks as possible.
Project Labor Agreements are said to limit competition and by extension do not allow non-union contractors to bid on them. The Federal Transit Administration of the Department of Transportation says otherwise and unions in construction agree. Also BCTD President Mark Ayers is receiving the Instituto Laboral de la Raza's Labor Leader of the Year Award and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gives Plant Vogtle is Construction and Operating License, paving the way for thousands of jobs.