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Rick Perdue elected President of Lima Building Trades

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 Dayton District Business Representative Rick Perdue was recently elected as the new President of the Lima Building Trades.

Perdue, who served as the Vice President, replaced Mike Knisley, who retired in the summer after the Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Board unanimously voted him as their next Secretary-Treasurer. Knisley served in this unpaid leadership role for 11 years in addition to also being the Business Manager of UA Local 776 for 14 years.

Having served SMW 24 as a Business Representative for eight years and serving on the Lima Building Trades Executive Committee for four years, including the last two as vice president, fellow executive board members thought Perdue had the right experience, which is why he was the unanimous choice to lead the organization.

The President of the Lima Building Trades performs duties similar that those of the Secretary-Treasurer of other building trades council in Ohio.

So far, Perdue has been able to handle the extra duties. Within SMW 24, his specific territory in the Dayton District is the area north of Interstate 70, which includes the Lima Building Trades jurisdiction.

One of the first things Perdue learned about the position was the importance of scheduling and communicating with his executive board.

The Lima Building Trades hold a monthly tripartite meeting with the oil refineries in Lima, and Perdue is unable to attend some of those meetings due to conflicts with work as a SMW 24 Business Representative. Other executive board members will help Perdue to ensure every tripartite meeting is attended.

Perdue said his new role as Lima Building Trades President is not that much different than some of the responsibilities he handles for SMW 24.

He is learning about National Maintenance Agreements, including how to deal with jurisdictional and company issues. He also has been able to call Knisley for advice on some issues within the busy jurisdiction.

SMW Local 24 congratulates Perdue for his new role as President of the Lima Building and Construction Trades Council.

High School Students Visit SMW 24 Dayton JATC

Area high school students got an upclose look at what it takes to be a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, students from the Upper Valley Career Center visited the Dayton JATC to learn about the work Local 24 members perform, the training members receive and about the money they can earn working in this trade.

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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.