Sheet Metal News

A conversation about the BE4ALL initiative

In this Talking SMART special episode, SMART General President Michael Coleman, SMACNA President Anthony Kocurek and returning guest host Dushaw Hockett discuss the Belonging and Excellence for All initiative, also known as BE4ALL.  

Illinois sheet metal worker on how Local 219 “changed [his] life”

SMART Local 219 (Rockford, Illinois) sheet metal worker Josh Reynolds is a first-year apprentice who learned about the union from his friend, fellow member Isaiah Myers. After completing his pre-apprenticeship and starting his career at Local 219, he says the trade has alread [...]

SMART Chief International Rep. Scott Parks passes away

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that SMART announces the death of Chief International Representative Scott Parks, who passed away on September 6, 2023, surrounded by his family. All of us at SMART send our condolences to Scott’s loved ones during this difficult time. [...]

Ontario sheet metal worker discusses the union difference

Local 473 (London, Ontario) member Patrick Gordon took a long, somewhat convoluted journey into the union sheet metal trade – one that brought him face-to-face with the exploitation and disregard that often afflicts nonunion workers, and demonstrated first-hand the union diff [...]

Northern California sheet metal worker shares member story

As part of the Belonging and Excellence for ALL (BE4ALL) Committee’s fall challenge, Anthony LaBeau, an eight-year member out of Local 104 (Northern California) recently shared how his life changed when he joined SMART: “I was 24, working dead-end restaurant jobs [...]

SMART statement on Inflation Reduction Act anniversary

One year ago today, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law, rewarding the efforts of the SMART members and union workers who pushed Congress to pass legislation that invested in America’s green energy economy. “The Inflation Reduction Act is one [...]