Trades Women Build Nations brings union sisters together

More than 2,700 union women — more than 200 sheet metal sisters — and their allies gathered Oct. 4-6 in downtown Minneapolis for Trades Women Build Nations, a meeting of the minds for union women across the globe. The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) General President Joseph Sellers, Jr.…
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Biannual conference is a true sign of Partners in Progress

The sheet metal Funds were well represented at the Partners in Progress Conference held Feb. 25-26 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The biannual labor-management event brings together SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation) crafts persons and SMACNA (Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association) contractors in an effective cooperative effort to ensure an increasing market share and dominant…
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Military ranks, vets graduate from SMART Heroes program

Fifteenth class graduates members of Army, Air Force, Marines Eleven members of the United States military and five veterans graduated as the 15th class of the SMART Heroes program Feb. 24 at the Western Washington Sheet Metal training center, at 2725 Williamson Place, Suite 100, in DuPont, Washington. Graduates include Spc. Stephen Algien, Army; Sgt.…
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Colorado Springs SMART Heroes celebrates third graduation

Active Army members, vets take advantage of free program to build careers Seven members of the United States military and two veterans graduated as the third class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Feb. 24 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. The graduates represent the ranks of…
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Ohio schools, contractors working together to help students build careers

In Ohio, high school students are introduced to the apprenticeship in their sophomore year, and for Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, it’s a system that has been a successful recruitment tool for decades. The program goes by two names in Local 24 — School to Work Program in Columbus and the School to Apprenticeship Program…
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Indiana apprenticeship focuses on service

Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 training centers in Gary and Evansville, Indiana, are meeting industry demand for more service specialists with new five-year service-specific apprenticeship programs. Sean Webb, who instructs general sheet metal apprentices four days a week in Indianapolis and service apprentices Fridays in Evansville, said the two cities have many contractors focused on…
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SMART Heroes welcomes second graduating class

Thirteen members of the United States military graduated as the second class of the SMART Heroes program’s Colorado location Dec. 16 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 9, 1420 Quail Lake Loop in Colorado Springs. During the ceremony, Local 9 also was recognized with a Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Vets Platinum Award, which…
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SMART Heroes welcomes military ranks to sheet metal career

Fourteenth class is first to include members of all U.S. military branches Nine members of the United States military and six veterans graduated as the 14th class of the SMART Heroes program Dec. 16 at the Western Washington Sheet Metal training center, at 2725 Williamson Place, Suite 100, in DuPont, Washington. For the first time, graduates represented the ranks…
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Former Atlanta instructor joins ITI field staff

Adam Smith, a former instructor at Local 85’s  JATC in Atlanta, has joined the International Training Institute (ITI) field staff as the new Western Regional welding assessor and field representative. Smith, a third-generation union member and second-generation sheet metal worker, has spent the bulk of his career working at McKenney’s Inc., a large mechanical contractor…
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SMART Heroes second location celebrates first graduating class

SMART Heroes Local 9 in Colorado Springs celebrated its first graduating class Oct. 7. Three participants completed a seven-week course to earn the equivalent of their first-year sheet metal apprentice training (224 hours). The class, open to military members who are planning to transition out of the military within a year and recent veterans, affords…
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