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.
As promised, we are lowering the working assessment rate from 1.75% to 1.50% of your total package. This rate reduction means less money will be taken out of your hourly pay and this will relieve some of the burden on working members.
In November, 2009, the membership voted that effective January, 2010, the dues structure would change and instituted the working assessment. We did this with the intention of benefiting our Membership and our Local. We have accomplished two critical goals:
After much consideration and due diligence, we have reviewed our reserves, and we are able to lower the working assessment.
This change will be effective January 1, 2014. All other rates for your benefits remain the same.
Updated wage sheets have been sent out to our contractors, as well as to all our members that are affected by this change.
Moving Our Union Forward is the main objective. The Legislators of United Transportation Union and the Officers of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 73 met at the SMW Local Union office for an informal meeting to discuss common objectives to strengthen our Unions. It was a great opportunity for all of us to meet and bring ideas to the table that we can build from.
Standing from left to right: Joseph P.Ciemny, SMART-UTU Illinois Assistant State Director; Ronald E. Parsons, SMART-UTU Secretary, Illinois State Legislative Board; Rich Ross, SMART-UTU, International Organizing Director; Rocco Terranova, SMW-Local 73 President and Business Manager; Bob Guy, SMART-UTU, Illinois State Director; Carl Draper, SMART-UTU Local 768, Legislative Representative; Ray Suggs, SMW-Local 73 Financial Secretary-Treasurer; Dave Brown, SMW-Local 73, Business Agent and Eric Olson, SMW-Local 73 Organizer. Seated: Mike Vittorio SMW-Local 73, Recording Secretary; Brian Mulheran, Business Agent; Frank Iovinelli, Business Agent; Dan Ahern, Business Agent and Mike May, Business Agent.
Congratulations to the James T. Tracy Scholarship Fund Winners!
The 2013 awards winners are:
James A. De Pasque
Ryan Joseph Glab
Brett James Hansen
Teresa Marie Richter
All of us Sheet Metal Workers' Local 73 wish them the best of luck!
Sheet Metal Workers Local #73 Veteran's Committee is selling paver bricks for a walk to go around our Flag Pole.
Bricks are $50 each, and can accomodate up to 3 lines, with up to 13 characters per line.
You do not need to be a Veteran in order to purchase a brick. Click here for an order form..
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:
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.
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:
To read the full study, please click here.
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
For more information about Organizing, please click here to contact Eric Olson.
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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!
|Rocco Terranova||President and Business Manager|
|Raymond Suggs||Financial Secretary-Treasurer|
|Michael Vittorio||Recording Secretary|
|Dave Cox||Jeff Hillery||Rene Rodriguez||Mike Webster|
|Dennis Berg||Dan Lowery||Steve Pittman||Dave Sylvester|
|Cliff Brooks||Tom Patzin|
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