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Ohio Representatives Defend Davis-Bacon

An attempt to change the Davis-Bacon Act was made last week in Congress when Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) presented an amendment to H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Gosar’s amendment was met with opposition as it proposed to fundamentally change the way prevailing wage...



Joe Thayer on America’s Workforce Radio

Cleveland District Training Coordinator Joe Thayer was interviewed recently on America’s longest-running labor-radio program. On Jan. 18, Thayer spoke with Ed “Flash” Ferenc, host of America’s Workforce Radio, which has been on the air since 1993. During the interview, Flash and Thayer discussed the type of work Sheet Metal...



Toledo District apprentices bring heat to Boxing Club

Children who attend a Toledo inner city after-school program will stay warm this winter thanks to a group of Toledo District apprentices. Roughly, a dozen third-year apprentices spent an estimated 250 man-hours to install a furnace, put up ductwork and fix the air conditioner in the building of Soul...



Bobby Ina and Sheet Metal Workers help brighten holidays for sick children

For the second year in a row, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 partnered with their political lobbyist to bring holiday cheer to children at Akron Children’s Hospital. Bobby Ina, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 and some of Ina’s other clients nearly doubled the number of toys and gift cards...



Moving forward after the election

He is no longer “Donald Trump.” Now people will be referring to him as “President-elect Donald Trump.” Whether you voted for him or not, whether you are happy with the outcome or not, for the good of our members, families and businesses, we have to hope he succeeds and...



Change in Retirement Plan

A change has occurred the Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 Annuity Fund. Fund Trustees opted to change the default option to more accurately reflect the current demographics of Local 33. By doing their due diligence and looking at a demographic study, Trustees felt there were better options available to...



West Virginia Devastated By Deadly Flooding

Parts of our Local have been devastated by deadly flooding, leaving thousands homeless in West Virginia. According to multiple media reports, West Virginia received one-quarter of its annual rainfall in a single day and multiple rivers surged to dangerous levels, including the Elk River, which broke a record at...



Forbes.com Article Says Students Should Consider The “Other Four-Year Degree”

A January Forbes.com article discusses the advantages of apprenticeships and other vocational educations over bachelor’s degrees. The article, written by Nicholas Wyman, points out that roughly 13 million Americans with college degrees are unemployed and countless more are either underemployed or have given up trying to find a job....



Strickland visits Rossford Training Center

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland made a campaign stop at the Rossford training center in northwest Ohio. He toured the state-of-the-art facility and spoke with second-year apprentices. Strickland saw firsthand how the building trades provide their members with a free education that gives them a pathway to live a...



Courtad, Inc. Placed on Ohio’s Debarred Contractor List

Recently, the Ohio Supreme Court declined jurisdiction in a case the Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 33 (“Local 33”) brought against Courtad, Inc. By declining jurisdiction, the Ohio Supreme Court effectively affirmed the 2014 decision of the Stark County Court of Common Pleas (the “Court”) that Courtad, Inc....



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