Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union 40
100-A Old Forge Road
Rocky Hill, CT 06067 p 1-860-529-2616. 1-800-201-5840 (CT Only)
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The 4 Myths About CT Sheet Metal Workers


We sometimes hear concerns about what it means to your business and your customers when you join our organization. Here we detail some of the most common questions, and address "The 4 Prevalent Myths":


MYTH #1: sheet metal workers affiliated with the SMWIA Will strike


The philosophy of the SMWIA's contractors is that striking is detrimental to our construction partners. Therefore, SMWIA construction locals have a no strike clause in their collective bargaining agreements.


MYTH #2: Affiliated sheet metal workers are more expensive


Fixing problems behind walls can quickly become much more expensive than initial installation costs. The use of affiliated sheet metal workers will ensure that you are using highly skilled, thoroughly trained sheet metal workers. This will ensure that your Sheet Metal-HVAC work is completed on time, at budget and will be done right the first time, saving you precious time and money.


MYTH #3: Affiliated sheet metal workerss are not efficient


More non-Affiliated companies close each year than Sheet Metal-HVAC companies affiliated with a labor organization. Many of the most successful businesses in the Hartford area are affiliated with the SMWIA. Companies affiliated with labor organizations have been an integral part or our society since the early 1800’s and are still flourishing today due to their efficient workers and business practices.


MYTH #4: Affiliated sheet metal workerss only care about themselves


Many of the rights and benefits we enjoy as United States Citizens were initially fought for and won by organized and affiliated workers: Rights such as the 40 hour work week, overtime pay, and fair treatment of individuals based on race, religion, and gender. About a million workers have been killed on-the-job since the 1920's in the United States alone. Affiliated and organized workers have aided in the elimination of unfair practices in the workplace such as child labor and the institution of standardized safety precautions.