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SMW 24 Participates in Construction Career Fair

Our Columbus JATC represented Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 at a construction career fair in Columbus.

The Jan. 26 career fair was an opportunity for Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades affiliated unions, such as Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, to reach out directly to potential apprentice candidates.

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Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 Members Help Refurbish Columbus Park Fishing Pier

A Columbus area park has a new fishing pier thanks to union volunteers, the Ohio AFL-CIO and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Members of 11 different Locals, including Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, teamed up to give Antrim Park a new, sturdier and better looking pier.

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Ohio State Building Trades Golf Outing Raises Money for Diabetes Research

Posted by / August 24, 2016 / Categories: Cincinnati, Columbus, Community, Dayton, South Point / 0 Comments

On July 13, golfers from across the state joined forces with the Ohio State Building and Construction Trade Council to raise thousands of dollars for diabetes research.

For the first time in its history, the annual OSBCTC event was used to raise money for a charitable cause.

The scramble raised $45,935 for Dollars against Diabetes Day (D.a.D.’s Day), which is an annual campaign organized by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO to fund diabetes research. All the money raised went to D.a.D.’s Day.

Held at NorthStar Golf Club, 120 golfers attended the scramble on a beautiful, sunny day.

The outing began with a shotgun start at 9 am and included door prizes, a raffle and banquet once the round was finished.

“I was really happy with the outcome. It was our first endeavor to assist D.a.D.’s Day and we exceeded expectations,” said Duffy.

“I want to thank all the golfers, the executive board and sponsors. Tim Hyland was extremely helpful in bringing sponsors aboard,” Duffy said.

Diabetes is one of the nation’s deadliest diseases and affects the body’s ability to create or control insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014, reported cases of diabetes have increased nearly 13% over the past four years. They estimate 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population, has diabetes, including 8.1 million people who have the disease, but have not yet been diagnosed.

Over the years, with the help of State and Local Councils around the country, the D.a.d.’s Day campaign has donated more than $40 million dollars to the Diabetes Research Institute, located at the University of Miami.

The Diabetes Research Institute’s mission is to cure diabetes now. They have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with a Phase I/II clinical trial for a process they believe can eventually lead to a cure for diabetes.

In just its first year raising funds, the OSBCTC raised the third most ever for a single D.a.D.’s Day event.

Duffy hopes the outing becomes an annual fundraiser for D.a.D.’s Day.

Local 24 Recruits Veterans at Job Fair

In late July, the Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council hosted a career fair for veterans. The fair aimed to educate attendees about the numerous career opportunities with the trades in Central Ohio. Representatives from various local building trades apprenticeship programs attended and eagerly shared information about their crafts, including Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

The building trades are particularly interested in recruiting veterans, because of the great skills learned while serving our country. The program Helmets to Hardhats (H2H), which is aimed at veteran recruitment and retention, helps to achieve this goal through a grant that provides veterans entering an apprenticeship program the necessary supplies/tools, work boots and stipend to guarantee achievement.

Apprenticeship programs provide on the job training coupled with classroom instruction. The training centers are state-of-the art and use cutting-edge technologies.

Additionally, these programs allow students to earn while they learn, helping them to graduate debt free. Most programs work with a local community college, so that apprentices earn college credit and will finish the program with an associate’s degree, at no expense to them. It is a great way to learn a trade that will support a family.

Veterans of all ages are welcome to apply for an apprenticeship with Local 24.