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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...



New Agreement Aids Sheet Metal Apprentices in Earning Associate’s Degree

The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association and the Ohio Board of Regents have reached an agreement geared toward helping apprentices earn their associates degree. The agreement means individuals working as union apprentices can now earn up to 60 percent of the credits they need to graduate with an associate’s...



Local 33 Helps Open Toledo’s Glass City Dog Park this Saturday

After years of tireless campaigning, the new Glass City Dog Park is finally set to open this weekend in South Toledo due to some much-needed assistance from several local building trades member unions, including Sheet Metal Workers Local 33. The membership-based canine playground uses 4.4 acres of city-owned property...



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,...



Safety Checklist for Construction Contracts Proposed

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is moving closer to recommending a 20-criteria safety and health checklist for companies bidding on federal construction contracts going forward. To evaluate applicants, the newest version of the checklist will allow procurement officers to score each of the twenty items on a scale...




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