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24
Feb

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 the most outspoken proponents of the appeal, owns an HVAC business

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17
Feb

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 was $207 more than the weekly median wage for non-unionists. And

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16
Feb

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 degree from an accredited state college, which is a substantial increase

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16
Dec

Get to know Dayton Mayor Whaley in latest ‘People in Politics’

The latest installment in the YouTube video series, “People in Politics” is now available for viewing online, featuring Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Mayor Whaley was one of the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat when first elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, and she currently serves as the only female mayor of the state of Ohio’s

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16
Oct

Latest ‘People in Politics’ episode features Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady

A new installment in the You Tube video series, “People in Politics” is now available for viewing online. It features a Franklin County Commissioner who claims to be, “The Biggest Browns fan in all of Central Ohio.” Besides some Cleveland sports banter, Commissioner John O’Grady talks about his father’s involvement in politics, being the youngest of 12 children and a

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15
Oct

Facts about the Ebola virus

With the information released today about a nurse infected with Ebola traveling from Dallas to the Cleveland and Akron area, we wanted to make sure that our members are educated on the Ebola virus, because FACTS, not FEAR, are the best way to protect ourselves. Ebola is a virus that is transmitted by person-to-person contact — specifically by the spread

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13
Oct

Elyria Township celebrates dedication of new 9-11 Memorial

Elyria Township Trustee Rob Scheithauer, a retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 33, posted the following on the Elyria Township website. Congratulations to all the volunteer union tradesmen that helped construct the stunning memorial. The Elyria Township 911 Memorial Committee broke ground for the construction of the Memorial on June 21, 2014 and on June 23rd, construction began. Seventy (70) working

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10
Oct

Fatal work injuries down more than 200 in 2013

The number of fatal work injuries declined by more than 200 in 2013, compared to the year before, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The preliminary data for 2013 showed 4,405 fatal work injuries, down from 4,628 in 2012. The department’s report included a caution that final figures for 2013, which won’t be available until next

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25
Sep

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 in Woodsdale Park and will be operated by Toledo Unleashed, an

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11
Sep

Congresswoman Fudge appears on ‘People in Politics’

The latest installment in the You Tube video series, “People in Politics” features Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. The Congresswoman talks about her days at the Ohio State University playing basketball, how she became a member of Congress and even shares some details about her trip to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral. The “People in Politics” video series is produced

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