All posts tagged Sheet Metal Workers Local 24

Ohio State Building Trades hosts opioid summit in Columbus

The Ohio State Building and Construction Trades Council hosted an opioid summit in Columbus at the Hollywood Casino to address why and how Ohioans, including construction workers, are falling victim to opioids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017 there were 4,293 opioid deaths in Ohio, which equates to 39.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The Buckeye trailed only West Virginia, which recorded 833 opioid deaths – a rate of 49.6 deaths per 100,000 people. Continue reading →

Google Coming to Central Ohio

Posted by / February 26, 2019 / Categories: News / Tags: , , , , / 0 Comments

The world’s largest search engine is coming to Central Ohio, which should create about 100 of jobs for members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

While the project is still in the design stages, the $600 million data center is expected to be smaller than the $750 million Facebook datacenter. Both datacenters will be built in New Albany.

In a Feb. 13 blog, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the company’s expansion into 14 states across the U.S., including Ohio. Continue reading →

Local 24 members spread holiday cheer by giving back to community

Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 proudly spread holiday cheer, by making monetary donations and volunteering with two wonderful community programs.

Unions Share

Retired SMW Local 24 members, Joe Sicilian, Bill Burris, Keith Sheumaker and Greg Sheumaker volunteering for Union Shares.

As members of #SMARTArmy, Local 24 feels a duty to give back to the community and we proudly donated time and money to both the Unions Share and Adopt-a-Family programs.

In partnership with the affiliated members of the Central Ohio Labor Council AFL-CIO, United Way of Central Ohio and St. Stephen’s Community House, Local 24 proudly participated in the Union Shares program. Continue reading →

Community Benefits Agreement covers new Columbus Fire Station project

On Oct. 17, ground was broken for the construction of Columbus Fire Station No. 35, which is the first City of Columbus project to be built under a new Community Benefits Agreement.

The work to build the new 26,750-square-foot fire station will create between 50-70 jobs for members of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council, including members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 24.

Under terms of the agreement, residents of the City of Columbus must complete 20 percent or more of the total project work hours, while at least 25 percent of total project work hours must be completed by tradesmen and tradeswomen who live in Franklin County or adjacent counties. Continue reading →

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. Continue reading →

EPA asbestos rule change could hurt Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet Metal Workers and members of other building trades may be endangered by a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that appears to loosen the restrictions on the use of asbestos.

The proposed change would mean those seeking to use asbestos in the manufacturing of products would be required to notify the EPA at least 90 days before importing, processing or using the substance in manufacturing. The EPA would then review each request on a case-by-case basis. Continue reading →

Local 24 Members Presented 70-Year Pins

Two Sheet Metal Local 24 members were presented with their 70-year pins.

In the South Point region, Business Rep. Jeff Rowe presented a 70-year pin to Brother Vernon Martin.

This was a special event for both Rowe and Martin (pictured above).

Rowe said it was first time he has presented a member with a 70-year award. Continue reading →

Locals 24 and 33 work together to keep West Virginia HVAC Licensing Law

Sheet Metal Workers Locals 24 and 33, with help from a SMART lobbyist and the Affiliated Construction Trades (ACT) West Virginia, defeated an attempt by state legislators to repeal HVAC licensing requirements in the state.

After two years of working with legislators, SMW Locals 24, 33 and 100 won a key victory in 2015, as the state enacted a law to require state licensing for all workers who perform work on HVAC/Fire Dampers in West Virginia. Continue reading →

Second-Year Apprentices Complete COMET Training

Second-year Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 apprentices recently completed COMET training to help them better understand the role organizing plays in helping grow our union.

Construction Organizing Membership Education Training (COMET) was created in the mid-90s by what was then known as the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), now called North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). The BCTD noticed an alarming trend as the number of building trades unions and affiliated members were both in rapid decline. Continue reading →

Cincinnati leaders attempting to stall Responsible Bidder ordinance implementation

Following an early January Ohio Appeals Court ruling that cleared the way for Cincinnati to enforce its disputed Responsible Bidder ordinance, the city administration is now attempting to stall its implementation.

The ordinance requires contractors on certain public construction projects to have graduated at least one employee from a registered apprenticeship program every year for the last five years. This ordinance is to be implemented in conjunction with a local hire program as well. The Responsible Bidder ordinance essentially requires contractors to supply a union workforce for Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) projects over $400,000. Contracts under $400,000 are exempt from the ordinance in order to allow smaller businesses to bid on these projects.

By creating the ordinance, the city understood that a registered apprenticeship program produces a construction worker who, regardless of race or gender, works efficiently and can help save time and money on the jobsite. Continue reading →

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