Blog

22
Feb

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. For those who go the vocational route, there are plenty of

Read more

18
Feb

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 middle class lifestyle. Strickland, Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and Kelli Prather

Read more

22
Dec

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

[h4]Must pay $53,082.84[/h4] 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. is an intentional violator of Ohio’s Prevailing Wage

Read more

19
Nov

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, and lobbyist for Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, with the help

Read more

4
Nov

WV HVAC and FLS License Information

The HVAC License will be required as of

4
Sep

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, marched through the streets of Toronto. 2. The first U.S. Labor

Read more

18
May

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 ruling is expected to dramatically reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities

Read more

27
Feb

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 33 member Steve Hancock cited the questionable tactics of  Delegate Eric

Read more

26
Feb

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 at the WV Capitol today to fight for prevailing wage,” for

Read more

25
Feb

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 that provide fair compensation and employment and training opportunities for the

Read more