Blog

28
Apr

War Hero, 40-year Sheet Metal Worker dies in Amherst

Leroy Kubuske died Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Amherst, Ohio. A Sheet Metal Worker for 40 years, he retired in 1988, but Kubuske, 88, was also known as one of Northeast Ohio’s most decorated and beloved war heroes. During World War II, Kubuske flew 27 missions as a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” gunner over targets in Germany, France, and Holland…

Read more

14
Jan

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 County Democratic Party Chairman Ron Rothenbuler told the Toledo Blade the

Read more

18
Sep

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, down from $150 billion to a $122 billion department-wide budget. The

Read more

29
Aug

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 following Labor Day, the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations

Read more

19
Jul

Youngstown District Accepting Apprentice Applications

The Sheet Metal Workers’ Local #33 Youngstown District will be accepting Apprentice Applications August 26th, 27th, and 29th, and again on November 18th, 19th, and 20th of 2013. At The Builders Association 1372 Youngstown-Kingsville Rd. S.E. Vienna, Ohio 44473 8 am – 4:30 pm. Phone number (330) 539-6050. You will need to bring the following items: High School Transcripts High School Diploma or

Read more

24
Jun

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 of one (“no compliance”) to five (“full compliance”) points. Among the

Read more

1
May

Local #33 Training Center Receives International Award

The Sheet Metal Workers Local #33, Cleveland District Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) was recently internationally recognized by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) as the Best New IPAF Training Centre of the Year. Our training center is the first of its kind in the U.S. to earn the distinction at the International Awards for Powered Access, which celebrates

Read more

28
Mar

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 and West Virginia we are fortunate to remain in the shrinking

Read more

26
Dec

Toledo JATC Journeyman Update Courses – Winter 2013

Please contact the JATC office to register. The class rosters are formed on a first-call-first-served basis. PHONE: (419) 873-9964 [h5]Platform Lift Training[/h5] This course will be held over two evenings. You will become AWPT certified to operate static vertical, mobile boom, and mobile vertical lifts. • Mon-Wed: April 29th – May 1st Classes will be held from 6:00 pm –

Read more