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National Safety Stand Down Week Set for Sept. 14

Posted by / September 14, 2020 / Categories: Safety / Tags: , , / 0 Comments

This week, tradesmen and tradeswomen across the nation, including members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 will be encouraged to spend a little extra time thinking about jobsite safety.

Initially scheduled to take place between May 4 and May 8, National Safety Stand Down Week was rescheduled for Sept. 14 through Sept. 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This marks the seventh year for National Safety Stand Down Week, which aims to eliminate fall hazard deaths and injuries through collective awareness, education and conversation. Continue reading →

Columbus City Council Targets Wage Theft

Posted by / August 31, 2020 / Categories: Columbus / Tags: , , , , / 0 Comments

Columbus City Council wants to create a new review board to ensure businesses – especially within the construction industry – are not committing wage theft or payroll fraud.

On Aug. 19, Columbus City Council’s Rules and Reference Committee held a virtual meeting to discuss ordinance 1802-2020.

Councilman Rob Dorans explained to the committee that wage theft occurs when workers are paid less than the minimum wage, are paid less than the Prevailing Wage, are not paid for all hours worked or are not paid overtime in violation of federal, state or local law. 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 →

Local 24 Members Perform Metal Work on Battelle Decontamination Units

The members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 are playing an imperative role in keeping doctors, nurses, first responders and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members working for signatory contractor Wolf Metals have helped build decontamination units used to clean N95 masks. They performed all the metal work on these units. Continue reading →

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 Members Made PPE Pieces for First Responders

Posted by / May 4, 2020 / Categories: Community / 0 Comments
Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 COVID-19 Nose Piece

A few of the many SMW Local 24 members who helped make metal nose pieces.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 came to the aid of first responders by donating PPE pieces.

Members of the Local, working for signatory contractors, made and donated metal nose pieces to be used in face masks.

This community-minded work is part of a union-wide effort, as members took time from their normal work to make the tiny, but critical pieces.

The metal is cut flat into a small strip and used as a nose bridge in the mask for extra protection and comfort. Continue reading →

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

Posted by / March 16, 2020 / Categories: News / Tags: , , / 0 Comments

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 →