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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...



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...



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...



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...



Business Agent Matt Cherry appointed to Toledo City Council

Matt Cherry, a business agent for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, has replaced D. Michael Collins on the Toledo City Council. The City Council voted 8-3 on Jan. 2 to appoint Cherry, who was selected by the Lucas County Democratic Party to replace Collins (who was elected mayor). Lucas...



OSHA Budget Cuts Would Prove Dangerous

A budget cut is likely for the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a major detriment to the safety of workers and construction costs. The House has proposed that the 2014 budgets for OSHA and other DOL agencies be cut 18.6 percent from their sequestered 2013 budgets,...



Labor Day Message for Unions

With Labor Day only days away, it’s fitting that some news outlets have devoted time to discussing labor unions and their presence in the current economy. The following is an article posted on The Hill’s Congress Blog entitled “Five reasons for optimism about unions this Labor Day”: The week...



Michigan Officially Latest “So Called Right to Work” State

Our neighbor to the north, Michigan, becomes the latest “So Called Right to Work” state this week, effectively stripping its workers of protections afforded by unions. The legislation, passed during a December lame duck session that did not provide any opportunity for public comment, takes effect today. In Ohio...




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