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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....



Ina, Local 33 Members Provide Christmas Presents to Hospitalized Children

The holidays are just around the corner, and members of the Akron community – including Sheet Metal Workers, are doing all they can to put a smile on the face of children who will spend their Christmas at Akron Children’s Hospital. Bobby Ina, managing director of Metropolis Consulting LLC,...



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Labor Day Facts

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, Sheet Metal Workers Local 33 presents 10 Labor Day facts to help you impress your friends, family and co-worker with this knowledge. 1. The origin of America’s Labor Day can be traced to Canada in 1872, when printers wanted a nine-hour workday,...



OSHA Issues Final Ruling on Confined Spaces

Twenty years after regulations were created regarding working in confined spaces in general industry, construction workers finally received their own safety ruling on May 4, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a mandate to make working in confined spaces safer. Designed specifically for construction workers, OSHA’s final...



Local 33 member files ethics complaint against Delegate in West Virginia

Earlier this week, we reported on a possible conflict of interest involved in the Republican push to repeal state regulations for HVAC technicians in West Virginia. Now that charge has reached the state government, as one member of Local 33 filed an official complaint with the Ethics Commission. Local...



Message from Business Manager: Keep Up the Good Work in West Virginia

Even  if you do not reside in West Virginia, you should by now be familiar with the efforts of our Brothers and Sisters within Local 33 and other building and construction trades to halt recent attacks on working families by the state’s legislature. (See yesterday’s post, “Building trades members...



Building trades members at the WV Capitol today to fight for prevailing wage

Building trades members are out in full force today at the West Virginia State Capitol to rally against recent efforts to attack the rights of working families. This legislative session, Republicans have pushed bills to roll back safety and legal rights for workers and scale back prevailing wage laws...



Conflict of Interest Does Exist in Attempted Repeal of Sheet Metal Bill in West Virginia

Following up from yesterday’s Government Affairs post – “Republicans Continue to Take Away Safety from Hardworking West Virginians” – one of the Republican lawmakers looking to repeal all state laws that regulate HVAC technicians seems to have a conflict of interest in the matter. Delegate Eric Householder, R-Berkeley, one of...



Union density down slightly in 2014: Annual report

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that union density was 11.1 percent in 2014, down 0.2 percent from the year before. During the year, unions added 48,000 members, but the overall workforce grew more. The agency’s annual survey for 2014 also showed the median weekly wage of union members...



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