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CDC Pushes for Mental Health Discussions on Jobsites

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now encourages construction contractors to invest in the mental wellbeing of their employees, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on every working class American.

The CDC has updated their COVID-19 safety checklists for employees and employers. The sheets now include mental health items for both groups to think about and promote.

On the CDC webpage promoting the new checklists, the CDC recommends ways for contractors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, encourage social distancing, masking and how to manage sick workers, as well as dealing with the mental health of employees, among other tips.

One of the main causes of mental health issues cited was uncertainty and how the pandemic continues to impact work and the economy. The CDC recommends employers openly discuss the volume of work and what is expected of employees. This allows them to know what to do, and make a plan to get it done.

The employer list also reminds employers to watch for behavior changes associated with stress and anxiety, such as unhealthy eating habits, difficulty concentrating and more.

Lastly, the CDC encourages employers to develop a system to identify and provide mental health services.

Some of the main causes of stress for employees are at-home conflicts, new work schedules, uncertainty about expectations and a lack of relaxation and leisure time.

In addition to recommending a regular sleep schedule, the CDC is recommending people take breaks to stretch, check in with coworkers and exercise. They also encourage spending time outdoors, understanding the facts about COVID-19 and connecting with others, who may be in a similar situation.

Brother Paul Uhrig Receives 70-year Pin Award

Posted by / February 2, 2021 / Categories: News / Tags: , / 1 Comment

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 is proud to announce Brother Paul Uhrig recently received his 70-year pin.

Local 24 retiree Rich Uhrig and member Clint Uhrig had the honor of presenting retiree Paul Uhrig with his 70 year pin award.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Local was unable to host a pin award ceremony last year. Continue reading →

New $2.1 billion Capital Budget Approved

Posted by / January 18, 2021 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , / 0 Comments

Ohio lawmakers approved a $2.1 billion capital budget that provides funding for construction projects and more initiatives to boost the state economy.

The bill earmarks funding for a great deal of construction work, mostly infrastructure projects. The funding supports both new construction and renovation work.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill into law on Dec. 29. Continue reading →

Construction Workers Will Have to Wait for COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted by / December 30, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , , / 0 Comments

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have suggested providing priority COVID-19 vaccination doses to tradesmen and tradeswomen, Ohio and other states are pushing construction workers down the priority list.

On Dec. 20, the CDC released a presentation that outlines when they recommend certain age groups and occupations should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC has recommended tradesmen and tradeswomen be in the third phase of essential workers, who receive the vaccine. Continue reading →

2020 General Election Results

Posted by / November 25, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , / 0 Comments

The following candidates received the political endorsement of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 and won in the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election:

President/Vice President of the United States

Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris (endorsed by SMART International) Continue reading →

Columbus City Council Unanimously Passes Wage Theft Law

In late September, Columbus City Council passed an ordinance to target wage theft and payroll fraud.

Councilman Rob Dorans, who also works as Chief Legal Counsel for Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) Ohio, was the chief architect of the ordinance. He pointed out that despite the booming growth in Columbus, many people are not enjoying economic prosperity.

“Unfortunately, too many in our community have been taken advantage of by companies seeking to cut corners to improve their bottom line,” he added. Continue reading →

SMART Voter Website Provides Important Voter Information

Posted by / September 24, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , / 0 Comments

Register to Vote!

Members of Local 24 are urged to visit a new SMART website to check your voter information or to register to vote.

In order to hold politicians accountable, you must vote. However, you cannot vote unless you are registered.

SMARTvote2020 helps members check voter registration status, helps members register to vote and also helps members request a mail-in absentee ballot.

With each passing day, the voter registration deadline in your state draws near. Continue reading →

DeWine approves $1.3 billion in capital projects

On June 19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 481, which re-appropriated nearly $1.3 billion in capital projects and saved tens of thousands of construction jobs, including jobs for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

The legislation, which was passed by both houses earlier in June, provided funding for a variety of construction and renovation work for numerous colleges and universities, sports complexes and arts organizations around the state. Continue reading →

State approves $1.3 billion in construction projects

Posted by / June 22, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , / 0 Comments

In mid-June, Ohio legislators approved the re-appropriation of funds for nearly $1.3 billion in already approved construction projects.

The decision will ensure the creation of thousands of jobs for building trades members across the state, including work for Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

House Bill 481 funds a variety of construction projects for state colleges and universities, sports complexes and the arts.

Initially, the funding was in doubt as members of the House Finance Committee were discussing H.B. 670, which would have cut the spending in half.

According to The Dayton Daily News, uncertainty over the state’s fiscal future due to lost revenue and expenses related to the coronavirus pandemic led House leaders to call for every capital projected to be justified.

On June 4, the committee decided to shelve H.B. 670 in favor of Senate Bill 316, which re-appropriated almost $1.3 billion in spending on construction projects.

Eventually, language from H.B. 316 was added into H.B. 481.

In addition to the $1.3 billion in re-appropriation funding, the legislation will provide $350 million worth of federal coronavirus aid to local governments and authorize the sale of nearly two dozen pieces of state-owned property for various reasons. The legislation also grants the governor permission to freeze state workers’ pay for a year and allows townships to slash pay or institute furloughs for workers because of the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The most important facet of this bill is the legislature’s understanding on the need to keep Ohioan’s employed.

If they had decided not to re-appropriate the full amount, tens of thousands of construction jobs would have been lost.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 thanks all members of the House and Senate, who supported H.B. 481.

Small Group of House Members Trying to Eliminate Prevailing Wage

Posted by / June 17, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , / 0 Comments

Two Ohio lawmakers introduced legislation in May designed to repeal Ohio’s Prevailing Wage law.

State Reps. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Bill Dean (R-Xenia) introduced House Bill 663, which has only eight co-sponsors.

According to the Ohio Capital Journal, the legislators called Ohio’s Prevailing Wage law “onerous and archaic.” Continue reading →