Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers Training Fund 1(808)841-6106
HSMW Adminstrative Office
"We are committed to maintaining safe, comfortable, stable, desirable working conditions for our members. We strive to uphold our promise to protect and better serve our members, ensuring fair pay and quality training and education. We will continue to instill a deep sense of pride for everyone in our trade."
The Hawaii Sheet Metal Workers' represents craft persons throughout Hawaii. HSMW serves those who perform architectural sheet metal work, fabrications, installation, residential work, industrial work, testing and balancing, servicing of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, and shipyard industries. Our union continues to maintain a positive reputation for our professionally trained work force that delivers excellence in workmanship, training, skill and integrity. We strive to be honest, trustworthy, productive and reliable, through our industry's code of excellence. A big part of HSMW is to provide opportunities for growth in the industry through training and education. In an industry that was only a few years ago low-tech has become high-tech and workers need to trained and educated with the new technology. The training and education is not only stressed for technology, rather on safety as well. Safety is a vital part of the industry and we want to keep our workers smart and safe.
We strive to be honest, trustworthy, productive and reliable, through our industry's code of excellence.
In the construction industry, Sheet Metal Workers are unique as we are the only trade to design, manufacture and install our own products. From installation to maintenance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning duct systems; roofs; siding; rain gutters; downspouts; skylights; restaurant equipment; outdoor signs; customized precision equipment; and many other products, the Sheet Metal Workers have important jobs as they assemble and repair vital equipment or components for a variety of structures and mechanisms that need to be in excellent condition.
First charter granted to the Union by the American Federation of Labor.
The first air conditioning system for human comfort was used in a motion picture theater.
First pension checks issued by Local 28 in New York City, NY. This program is a first of its kind in the building trades.
July 19th, First apprentice committee appointed Titus Fong, Jack Sato & Anthony Ayers.
August 15th, Wages increased to $2.85 per hour.
Start of pension fund.
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association celebrates 100th anniversary.
|Union members generally earn 27% more than their non-union counterparts, due to their collective bargaining nature.|
|A vast majority of union members have employer paid health care for themselves and their families.|
|Unions not only benefit the individual members. They also support and help the local communities by generating more revenue for the workers which in turns contributes to the schools, public works as well as other community programs.|
|Many of the benefits that are provided to the union members today were unheard of until the advent and continuing efforts of the labor movement. Such benefits such as eight-hour day, overtime pay, health care coverage, social security, occupational safety laws, workers' compensation, minimum wage, retirement security, local living wage laws and unemployment insurance.|
|During the American civil rights movement, union members stood side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was killed while he was supporting a Tennessee sanitation workers' strike.|
|Unions have been a strong advocate of the working family. Thanks to unions, workers have had the option of working stable hours, which allowed them to provide family stability.|
|Unions have been at the forefront of medical and family leave efforts that allow parents to stay home with their children or care for an elder.|
|Today, the labor movement serves as a powerful voice for working families in the global economy.|
|Unions are fighting outsourcing and the exploitation of cheap labor overseas while curbing abuses of part time and temporary labor here at home.|
|The labor movement is also working to stop corporate attacks on the 40-hour work week and paid overtime while defending Social Security, Medicare and protecting the rights of patients against the abuses of managed care programs.|