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How often does someone really want to know what you think?
The 2012 Partner in Progress Conference, March 8-10, in Las Vegas wants to know what’s bothering you. Every two years labor and management come together to take a critical look at our challenges, promote innovative thinking, and create solutions.
Once again, the Conference’s very popular Regional Breakout Sessions will bring new and future leaders together to identify challenges and opportunities common to each region.
Because some problems are best tackled on an industry basis, new to this year’s Conference are a separate set of Industry Breakout Sessions. These new industry-specific breakouts will foster collaboration and more targeted, in-depth solutions for Industrial, Architectural, Commercial, Residential, Service and Specialty Markets.
We understand that each region and industry has its own unique set of problems and issues. We need your help identifying them. Does your region or industry have a specific problem that needs to be solved? We want to know. Get a head start on the conference and e-mail issues or problems for your region and/or industry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do it now or at any time before the Conference. Go ahead, tell us your problem(s) and get it off your chest. You’ll feel much better after you do. Please identify whether it is a regional or industry problem.
In addition, during the registration process you’ll have the opportunity to tell us about your most pressing issues. But why wait?
E-mail us today at: email@example.com .
Please don’t miss this opportunity to tell us exactly what issues your region and industry needs to address and get the conversation started. We really do want to know what you think.
2018 Partners in Progress Conference
Save the date for the 2018 Partners in Progress Conference on February 13-14, 2018 at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL. Communicate. Commit. Deliver. This is an exceptional opportunity for labor and management to build on their relationship, share information, and learn new and innovative strategies to work together for a stronger industry. … Continue reading 2018 Partners in Progress Conference
SMACNA president focuses on mentorship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2017 Contact: Tiffannie Bond/Melissa Biernacinski Imagine Communications 702-837-8996 GREENWOOD, Ind. – Back when Joseph Lansdell, president of Indiana-based Poynter Sheet Metal Inc., was a sheet metal apprentice and college student, he considered quitting the industry entirely. Positive mentors and a two-day contractors school led by a sheet metal contractor not … Continue reading SMACNA president focuses on mentorship
Safety Survey releases lowest number in a decade
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2017 Contact: Tiffannie Bond/Melissa Biernacinski Imagine Communications 702-837-8996 CHANTILLY, Va. – Contractors belonging to Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) reported the lowest experience modification rate (EMR) in a decade, according to the association’s 2016 Safety Excellence Awards Program. “We’re always improving. We’re always looking for ways … Continue reading Safety Survey releases lowest number in a decade
California woman makes history with SMACNA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2017 Contact: Tiffannie Bond/Melissa Biernacinski Imagine Communications 702-837-8996 MENLO PARK, Calif. – As the newest member of the elected board—and vice president—for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), Angela Simon is tackling her new position through job shadowing and mentorship, just as she did when she … Continue reading California woman makes history with SMACNA
Contribute to the State of Cooperation Annual Survey
How was your labor-management cooperation in 2019 compared to 2018? Did someone from your local area attend the 2020 Partners in Progress Conference. Take a few minutes to complete this annual survey to help us see the direction of the industry. Find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YS7RLX8. Data will only be released in aggregate in Partners … Continue reading Contribute to the State of Cooperation Annual Survey
Chicago, St. Louis service rebate programs set precedent
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2017 Contact: Tiffannie Bond/Melissa Biernacinski Imagine Communications 702-837-8996 CHICAGO and ST. LOUIS – Prior to the 2008 recession, Chicago-area sheet metal workers–like many others across the country–were experiencing a boom to the tune of 4.5 million man-hours worked. By 2008, Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 265 and Sheet Metal and … Continue reading Chicago, St. Louis service rebate programs set precedent
Sheet metal workers keep it local with UNiCON Rochester
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 7, 2017 Contact: Tiffannie Bond/Melissa Biernacinski Imagine Communications 702-837-8996 Sheet Metal Workers Keep It Local With UNiCON Rochester Industry, workers promote local area to create success ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Companies and their owners promote the advantages of doing business with them. Unions in the construction industry talk about the skills, knowledge, … Continue reading Sheet metal workers keep it local with UNiCON Rochester
Construction academy provides opportunities without student debt
For Immediate Release Aug. 22, 2016 For more information contact: Tiffannie Bond/Melissa Biernacinski Imagine Communications 702-837-8996 Construction academy provides opportunities without student debt Building trades provide a head-start on life STOCKTON, Calif. – When students at the Lincoln High School Engineering and Construction Academy pick up a hammer, a pair of snips or a welding … Continue reading Construction academy provides opportunities without student debt
Meet Partners in Progress via Redesigned Web Site
For Immediate Release Aug. 4, 2016 For more information contact: Kaarin Engelmann Editor, Partners in Progress magazine firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Partners in Progress via Redesigned Web Site Provides members-only resources at your fingertips Chantilly, VA—Partners in Progress, a labor-management cooperation program administered by SMART and SMACNA, has turned over a new leaf by releasing a redesigned … Continue reading Meet Partners in Progress via Redesigned Web Site
Capitol Hill Update − Energy legislation can equal new market opportunities
SMACNA is aggressively working to expand specific energy efficiency tax incentives that will create new market opportunities for SMACNA members. SMACNA supports a portfolio of bipartisan legislation that encourages investment in our nation’s infrastructure with responsible employers. The America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, H.R. 636, is legislation that would make the small … Continue reading Capitol Hill Update − Energy legislation can equal new market opportunities
Subcontractors suffer when surety delivers insufficient assets
SMACNA lobbies to change federal procurement policy Unfortunately, all too often unscrupulous sureties pledge assets that provide insufficient protection to subcontractors. The results can be catastrophic. Bankruptcy often follows. To improve the situation, SMACNA has joined with seven other industry associations forming a coalition to improve this situation. The coalition noted that the current coverage … Continue reading Subcontractors suffer when surety delivers insufficient assets
State Right-to-Work Laws Impact on SMACNA Contractors
Wisconsin was the 25th state to pass a right-to-work law in the United States when Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law on March 9, 2015. The National Right-to-Work Committee, an advocacy organization for such laws, predicted a number of other states will consider similar laws this year, including Delaware, Maine, Missouri, and Montana. The passage … Continue reading State Right-to-Work Laws Impact on SMACNA Contractors