Welcome to SHEET METAL WORKERS’ LOCAL 15
Our website is intended to be both educational and informative in describing the many different skills and aspects our trade has to offer. We just ask for your patience while are website is under construction.
This site provides information about our Union, as well as information regarding our apprenticeship programs, in the training section.
We have highly skilled tradesmen who can perform on projects such as Nuclear Power Plants, Schools, Hospitals, Hi- Rise, and Architectural Sheet Metal, which include airport terminal expansions and new construction.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Patrick K. O. Leary
What is the union label?
The label is a tool for protecting union jobs, wages, and benefits. And it’s an essential tool for enforcing contracts. The labels encourage employers to use union-made products. Labels protect wages in two ways: first, by ensuring building trades fabricated materials are constructed per the area standard wage (average crew cost) under the contract for the jurisdiction where the jobsite is located, which is required by the subcontracting restrictions in the union contract; and, second, by identifying which SMART bargaining area fabricated the union products to ensure that, through wage equalization, the lower-paid workers in the fabrication shop receive the same average crew cost as the higher-paid workers at the jobsite (when applicable). They’re also a sign of quality craftsmanship done by skilled union workers.
1. Put the label on: Fabricators must put labels on union-made products. That applies even if you think the products are going directly to a union site. Everything must be labeled. The rule is “every piece, every time!” Business representatives must ensure that fabrication shops have the labels to affix.
2. Check products for the label: Installers must check all products arriving on construction sites to see if they are labeled. Watch all deliveries and visually scan for the label. If the products are labeled, they’re union made. If products are not labeled, skip to step 4.
3. Scan the labels: On labeled products, installers must check to see which SMART contract area produced it. Scan the bar code with your mobile app or, if you can’t use your smart phone, read the numbers on the label and report them to your business representative. The bar codes and numbers are linked to information about which shop produced it and the shop’s wage rate. With this information, business representatives can make sure that wage equalization takes place if the products came from lower-wage locals.
4. Report non-labeled products: When installers see yellow-label products on a site without labels, report it to your business representative right away. You can do it through your label app or by e-mail, text, or a phone call. This notification lets them know to step in.
5. Intervene with contractors: Once business representatives get word that yellow-label products without labels are being used on a union site, they can step in to tell contractors SMART is enforcing contract provisions requiring them to prove that whoever fabricated the products was paid the same rate as the local union worker earns. (The label proves this automatically.)