Archive for March, 2020

Sheet Metal Worker Local 24 Urges Members to Follow Good Hygiene Protocols

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the officers of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 urge all members to follow good hygiene protocols as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help limit exposure and spread of the disease.

The virus, officially named SARS-CoV-2, causes COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019. It comes from the large family of coronaviruses, which may cause illness in animals or humans.

In humans, coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections. Symptoms of the virus, which may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure, may include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Anyone who displays these symptoms is strongly encouraged to stay home and alert their medical provider. Continue reading →

DOL Grants Permanent IRAP Exemption To Construction Industry

On March 10, the U.S. Department of Labor granted the construction industry a permanent exemption from Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, otherwise known as IRAPs.

The exemption was a huge win for the union construction industry and their signatory contractors, who combine to invest more than $1 billion in private sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America. This ongoing commitment has been in place for roughly 80 years and has consistently produced the safest, most highly trained and most highly skilled construction workforce.

IRAPs differ from registered apprenticeships because they are not regulated by the government and give employers – or an affiliated partner – the ability to train new construction workers without any regulations or governmental oversight.

In its final ruling, the DOL acknowledged the quality, availability and longevity of the building trades registered apprenticeship programs as the main reasons for granting the permanent exemption. Continue reading →

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 Women’s Committee Supports Night to Shine Event

Members of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 Women’s Committee proudly supported the Tim Tebow Foundation’s annual Night to Shine event.

For the past five years, the Tim Tebow Foundation has partnered with churches throughout the world, individuals and organizations in order to provide people with special needs, age 14 and older, with an unforgettable prom night experience. Continue reading →