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National Apprenticeship Week: IMT Apprenticeship Prepares Workers for Today’s Advanced Manufacturing Environment

Today’s advanced manufacturing environment calls for highly skilled workers and the the Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship is designed to train workers to both meet industry need and provide a career pathway for workers to advance. The IMT apprenticeship is implemented through a joint labor-management structure and was developed by Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership (WRTP) in collaboration with the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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OK, Here's Your Average Sheet Metal Worker/Biker with a Kitten in His Vest

OK, Here's Your Average Sheet Metal Worker/Biker with a Kitten in His Vest

I'm not sure what I would do if I came across a badly burned kitten. But 32-year-old biker and sheet metal worker (a member of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers [SMART] Local 19) Pat Doody knew what to do. While on a cross-country trip, he came across said kitten, rescued the cat and helped nurse it back to health. Now Doody and Party Cat make a pretty awesome team.

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Union Sportsmen Raise $75,000 for Conservation Efforts

USA’s third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot set a new participation record with 125 shooters and guests.

Building on previous years' success, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot raised $75,000, shattering the previous year's total by $10,000. The event, held in Port Republic, N.J., included 125 shooters and guests; and proceeds will go to USA's conservation efforts. Among the record number of participants were 14 active duty and retired service members and five youth.

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Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

After serving their country, many veterans have trouble transitioning into civilian jobs, particularly younger and female service members. The unemployment rate among all veterans ages 18–24 is 21.3% (compared to 13.1% of civilians. And while male veterans have an unemployment rate (4.2%) lower than the national rate, female veterans are much worse off with a 7.9% unemployment rate. Helmets to Hardhats, the International Training Institute and the construction trades are trying to do something about that problem.

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Support Long Island Rail Workers this Saturday

Photo courtesy Andrew Culverston on Flickr

On Saturday, June 21, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers, who have been without a contract for four years, and their supporters will rally in Massapequa, N.Y., telling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to bargain fairly with them. The LIRR workers are members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). Their previous contract expired in 2010, and the MTA is demanding benefit cuts and other concessions and has rejected recommendations from federal mediators that would have ended the dispute. 

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Looking for a Career? Here’s a SMART Choice

More than three dozen Sheet Metal Training Centers were opened to the public Monday to showcase the cutting-edge training, skills and knowledge that have kept the unionized sheet metal industry at the forefront of the building and construction trades for more than a century.

The open houses—part of the 125th anniversary of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)—are part of the union’s outreach to both young workers looking for skilled careers and for employers searching for a skilled workforce.  

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Conn. Construction Workers Build Support for Project Labor Agreement

It may have taken two years, but construction workers in Meriden, Conn., finally will have access to well-paying quality construction jobs on two major renovation projects at local high schools after the Meriden City Council voted this week to uphold a project labor agreement (PLA).

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New Season of 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Kicks Off

New Season of 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Kicks Off

The fifth season of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) “Brotherhood Outdoors,” a unique hunting and fishing series that showcases the talents and passions of union members, kicks off at 11 a.m. EDT Sundays, starting July 7, on the Sportsman Channel. Encore airings will be broadcast on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

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Oregon Organizing Project: Union Cooperation Means Workers Win

Oregon Organizing Project: Union Cooperation Means Workers Win

After watching the continued decline in the number of Oregon workers winning a voice at work, the Oregon AFL-CIO “decided to do something different,” says state federation President Tom Chamberlain. That something different was unions working together. Since late 2011, Oregon unions have been able to craft a number of significant victories for workers who want a voice on the job. Says Chamberlain:

By working together, we have achieved something phenomenal.

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