Educational Seminars and Training
Georgia-SMACNA offers educational seminars and training throughout the year for supervisors, foremen, project managers, and owners. In addition to chapter sponsored educational seminars and training, members have access to the educational opportunities provided by SMACNA. SMACNA offers a variety of educational opportunities including, but not limited to, regional seminars and the annual convention. SMACNA also provides Business Management University & Graduate Programs designed for future managers and owners.
Georgia-SMACNA provides labor relations and collective bargaining services with the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 85. During the collective bargaining process, Georgia-SMACNA and its members search for opportunities to ensure a top quality workforce through pre-employment qualifications, continuing education opportunities, and safety regulations that support a healthy working environment. Georgia-SMACNA provides representation and advice to its employers regarding grievance and arbitration matters.
Georgia-SMACNA host technical seminars on various SMACNA technical standards for its members and the design community. Members of Georgia-SMACNA and SMACNA have direct access to SMACNA’s technical department, which provides professional assistance with interpretations/applications of SMACNA technical standards, updates on standards, updates on building codes, and technical activities that impact SMACNA members and the industry.
SMACNA technical standards are accepted, adopted, and specified by the design community. Architects and engineers issue specifications for sheet metal products and systems that require conformance with the SMACNA technical standards. As a member, the contractor receives a free copy of the industry standards. Additional copies are available at a reduced cost over the non-SMACNA member.
Georgia-SMACNA is actively involved with SMACNA’s Capitol Hill office to address legislative issues that effect the contractors. SMACNA’s Capitol Hill office is located at 305 4th Street, NE Washington, DC. It is staffed with two full time lobbyists that work with Congressional committees drafting legislation and helping prepare SMACNA members to testify at Congressional hearings when needed. Locally, Georgia-SMACNA meets regularly with Georgia’s Senators and Congressman keeping them up-to-date on issues of concern for the members.
2017 Issues of Concern –
Multi-employer Pension Plans: Composite Plan Designs
Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act ( S. 720)
The Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology Act or the ” Heat Act”
Federal Construction Project Acquisition and Procurement Reforms
Transportation Infrastructure Investment
Davis-Bacon/Prevailing Wage Laws
The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act ( S. 535) and the Better Buildings Act ( H. R. 873)
For a more detailed list of issues, please visit https://www.smacna.org/advocacy/issues