Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union 73 was chartered in 1892 and is one of the largest locals in the International with over 4,800 members. Local 73 covers all of Cook and Lake Counties.


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Call to Action: Collective Bargaining & Prevailing Wage

Final Week of Session – Fighting Back and Defending Working Families!

Governor Rauner has asked Rep. Jim Durkin and Senator Christine Radogno to introduce parts of his financial ruin for working families' agenda. One legislative measure will be heard this week in Senate Executive Committee:

SB 1046, SA #1 (Radogno) – Collective Bargaining and Prevailing Wage

SB 1046, SA #1 will be heard in Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday, May 27th.

Please call these members of the committee and urge them to vote NO on Senate Amendment 1 to SB 1046.

Senator Harmon 217-782-8176
Senator Silverstein 217-782-5500
Senator Clayborne 217-782-5539
Senate President Cullerton 217-782-2728
Senator Hunter 217-782-5966
Senator Lightford 217-782-8505
Senator Link 217-782-8181
Senator Munoz 217-782-9415
Senator Raoul 217-782-5338
Senator Steans 217-782-8492
Senator Trotter 217-782-3201
Senator Murphy 217-782-4471
Senator Brady 217-782-6216
Senator Luechtefeld 217-782-8137
Senator Radogno 217-782-9407
Senator Rezin 217-782-3840
Senator Syverson 217-782-5413


LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

hotline

In advance of the “Right To Work” vote in the House on Thursday, we are making calls to Reps to urge them to vote no on “Right To Work”.  Here is the hotline number and a sample script that you can follow when you call your Representatives.  Please call, and let your voice be heard…this is an important issue for ALL of Illinois!

Defeat Right to Work Hotline Number

888-412-6570

Hotline script – Right To Work

Hello, my name is ______________ and I Iive in your district. I am calling today to urge you to vote against Gov. Rauner’s right to work zones. Right to work drives down wages and benefits for all workers. Rauner’s proposal will make it harder for people like me to make ends meet. Please vote NO on Rauner’s right to work zones proposal Thursday. Thank you.

 


 

2015 ALLOCATION VOTE RESULTS

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

There were 215 votes cast.  The final tally is 93 for Option #1, 32 for Option #2, and 90 for Option #3. 

Please be advised of the $1.40 increase, which was negotiated into your current Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The increase is broken down as follows:

alloc results

New wage sheets will be mailed out to members and contractors.


PERSONALIZED PAVER BRICKS FOR SALE

Sheet Metal Workers Local #73 Veteran's Committee is still selling paver bricks for a walk to go around our Flag Pole.

We already have some bricks installed, and are planning on installing more bricks now that the weather is getting warmer.

Bricks are $50 each, and can accomodate up to 3 lines, with up to 13 characters per line.

 

Brick layout

 

You do not need to be a Veteran in order to purchase a brick.  Click here for an order form..

 


PREVAILING WAGES AND THE COST OF REPEAL IN ILLINOIS

A study was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michigan State University to examine the economic and social impact of the statewide prevailing wage law for public contruction projects in Illinois.

 

There were five key findings:

 

  1. Prevailing wages do NOT lead to increases in costs of public construction projects
  2. Repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law WOULD result in job losses throughout the state, decreased GDP, and millions of dollars in lost revenue
  3. More construction workers WOULD lose their lives due to fatal work-related injuries, and construction workers would lose many of their work-related benefits
  4. Prevailing wage laws ENCOURAGE apprenticeship training in the construction industry
  5. Prevailing wage laws do NOT reduce participation of African-American workers in construction trades

 

The study found that prevailing wages for public construction projects in Illinois provide numerous positive economic and social impacts for both construction workers and the state. It also predicts that a repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law would NOT result in savings for taxpayers or the state, or lead to increased employment of African-American construction workers. It found that the repeal of Illinois' prevailing wage law WOULD result in job losses throughout the state's economy, increased construction worker fatalities, and declines in valuable social impacts, such as construction worker benefits and training opportunities.

 

To read the full study, please click here.

 


ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF ADOPTING A RIGHT-TO-WORK LAW AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR ILLINOIS

A study was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  The study provides a national assessment and Illinois forecast on the effect of right-to-work laws on important labor market outcomes, including earnings, employment, unionization and inequality.  Right-to-work laws were nationally evaluated in those targeted areas, and then a separate analysis was applied to Illinois.

 

There were six key findings:

 

  1. Right-to-work lowers workers earnings
  2. The evidence is inconclusive on right-to-work's employment effect
  3. Right-to-work reduces union membership
  4. Right-to-work increases gender and racial wage inequality
  5. Right-to-work reduces employee benefits and increases workplace fatalities
  6. Adopting a right-to-work law would have negative impacts on the Illinois economy and budget

 

To read the full study, please click here.

 


House Bill 924 – Responsible Bidding

On April 19th, members of the Illinois House of Representatives voted on House Bill 924, regarding Responsible Bidding.  The bill PASSED and is now making it's way through the Illinois Senate.  The bill has passed through the Senate Labor Committee, and it is on it's way to the full Senate.  The Senate Hearings that were scheduled for May 16 were postponed.  A new date has not been set.

 

This act will require that a public body awarding a contract for public work shall call for bids and require each bidder to be a responsible bidder.  A Responsible Bidder is someone who meets all of the following:

 

(1) Complies with all the laws required to do business in Illinois

 

(2) Provide evidence of a Federal Employer Tax Identification Number or Social Security Number (for individuals)

 

(3) Provide evidence of compliance with Equal Opportunity Employer provisions.

 

(3) Provide evidence of all specified insurance coverages, including: general liability, workers’ compensation, completed operations, automobile, hazardous occupation and product liability.

 

(4) Compliance with all provisions of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, including wages, medical and hospitalization insurance and retirement for those trades covered in the act.

 

**(5) The bidder and all bidder’s sub-contractors must participate in active apprenticeship and training programs approved and registered with the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for each of the trades of work contemplated under the awarded contract.**

 

(6) Comply with any other additional requirements a community may find beneficial

 

We urge you to contact your Senators, and ask them to pass HB 924.  To find your district, visit http://gis.elections.il.gov/map_viewer_update/default.aspx

 

To find contact information for your Senators, visit http://www.ilga.gov/senate/

 

You can also cast an electronic witness slip online at http://my.ilga.gov/Hearing/HearingDetail/10957?SCommittees-page=1&SCommittees-orderBy=&SCommittees-filter=

 

To read the full text of HB 924, visit http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=09800HB0924ham001&GA=98&SessionId=85&DocTypeId=HB&LegID=71226&DocNum=924&GAID=12&Session

 

 For more information on Responsible Bidding, visit http://www.responsiblebidding.com/index.html

 


 

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BLAST ALERTS

Would you like to receive important Union information by e-mail?  We now offer "Blast Alerts" that notify you of important Union updates like pickets, rallies, and current events.

Click here and put "Subscribe" in the subject line.  You can also send an e-mail to alerts@smw73.org.  

When there are important upates, we will send you an e-mail. 

You can opt out at any time by clicking the same link and putting "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.  Your e-mail address is kept in-house, and will never be sold to outside companies.

 


 

 

***ATTENTION MEMBERS***

Please keep an eye out for YELLOW LABELS on all Spiral, Pipe and Fittings. If you see that they have no label or are using a Blue Label, please contact the Union Office immediately at 708-449-0073. It is essential that yellow labels are used on all these products. This is crucial in protecting the position of our Union!

 


 

 

 

 

 

OFFICERS
 
     
Rocco Terranova   President and Business Manager
Raymond Suggs   Financial Secretary-Treasurer
Michael Vittorio   Recording Secretary
John Gritsuk
  Vice-President

 

 

 

BUSINESS AGENTS
 
 
Dan Ahern Dave Brown Frank Iovinelli
Mike May Brian Mulheran  
    
 

 

 

 

ORGANIZER
 
 
              Eric Olson       

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD
 
     Dave Cox Jeff Hillery Rene Rodriguez Mike Webster

 

 

 

TRUSTEES
 
Dennis Berg Dan Lowery Steve Pittman Dave Sylvester

 

 

 

WARDEN   CONDUCTOR
     
  Cliff Brooks     Tom Patzin

 

 

 

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