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Sheet Metal Workers

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Locals and Other Affiliated Organizations

UnionUnit Name/LocationMembers
Sheet Metal Workers Council Mid-Western States Production Wkrs  /  Pico Rivera, CA16,721
Sheet Metal Workers Council Michigan/indiana States  /  Louisville, KY10,149
Sheet Metal Workers Council North Central States  /  Maplewood, MN10,000
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104San Ramon, CA9,934
Sheet Metal Workers District Council Southeast  /  Birmingham, AL9,800
Sheet Metal Workers Local 105Glendora, CA5,650
Sheet Metal Workers Local 73Hillside, IL4,539
Sheet Metal Workers Local 33Parma, OH4,407
Sheet Metal Workers Local 10Maplewood, MN4,314
Sheet Metal Workers Local 18Waukesha, WI4,285

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Financial Information

The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which is enforced by the Office of Labor-Management Standards, requires labor unions to file annual reports detailing their operations. Contained in those reports are breakdowns of each union's spending, income and other financial information.

Basic Financials

Total Assets $89,879,913
Total Liabilities $78,359,470
Total Income $50,081,439
Total Spent $49,050,913

Total Assets Trend

Assets (Change from previous report)

Cash $5,734,526 (+21.9%)
Accounts Receivable $2,024,268 (-56.0%)
Investments $78,761,917 (+3.0%)
Fixed Assets $583,524 (+3.0%)
Treasury Securities $0 (0.0%)
Other Assets $2,701,819 (+16.1%)
Loans Receivable $73,859 (-10.3%)


Loans Payable $0
Accounts Payable $2,612,862
Other Liabilities $75,746,608
Mortgages $0


Dues $0
Per Person Tax $42,960,737
Investments $5,505
Supplies $147,262
Loan Repayment $8,463
Interest $2,109,701
Dividends $357,654
Rents $0
Fees and Fines $1,097,200
Loans Obtained $0
Other Receipts $3,394,917
Affiliates $0
Members $0
Reinvestments $7,722
All Others $432,201

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013


The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) requires unions to report how they spent their money in a number of categories. For the first five, OLMS requires unions to provide detailed information on any recipient that received more than $5,000 per year.

Spending Overview

Spending Breakdown

Representational $15,087,660 (30.76%)
Political Activities and Lobbying $980,465 (2.00%)
Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $872,470 (1.78%)
General Overhead $7,021,643 (14.32%)
Union Administration $4,272,994 (8.71%)
Strike Benefits $500 (0.00%)
To Union Officers $1,300,993 (2.65%)
To Union Employees $8,722,998 (17.78%)
Education $0 (0.00%)
Fees $0 (0.00%)

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Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013


Membership Trend


Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Leaders & Salaries

Source: Office of Labor Management Standards

Year Covered: 2012  •  Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Political Spending

Federal Election Donations, by Party

Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

527 Spending

A union's 527 committee makes contributions to political candidates and other organizations for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election. Unlike Political Action Committees, which are strictly regulated by the Federal Election Commission, 527s are regulated by the IRS. These committees are often considered a form of "soft money."

527 CommitteeTotal Spent
Sheet Metal Workers Union$8,134,578
Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 36$1,447,244

Source: Internal Revenue Service by way of the Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: March 1st, 2011


Federal Lobbying

Lobbying Expenditures Trend

Major Issues

IssueTotal Spent Lobbying
Energy & Nuclear Power$180,000
Labor, Antitrust & Workplace$160,000
Health Issues$120,000
Government Issues$120,000
Disaster & Emergency Planning$80,000
Roads & Highways$60,000

Lobbying Groups

ClientTotal Spent Lobbying
Sheet Metal Workers Union$1,775,000

Source: Center for Responsive Politics

Last Updated: December 12th, 2013

Crime, Corruption & Racketeering

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts investigations to determine if violations of the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) provisions have occurred.

Investigations are initiated based on various sources such as complaints from union members; information developed by OLMS as a result of reviewing reports filed; information developed during an OLMS audit of a union’s books and records; and information obtained from other government agencies. Investigations may involve civil matters (such as an election of union officers) or criminal matters (such as embezzlement of union funds).

Corruption and Embezzlement Charges

Type of Criminal ActivityNumber of Incidents
criminal charges24
embezzlement charges18
Guilty Pleas25
Officials Sentenced15

Some incidents may be accounted for in multiple categories.

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: June 29th, 2014

Financial Audits

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has responsibility under the Labor-Management Relations and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to conduct audits to determine if unions are complying with the law.

OLMS uses a streamlined audit approach called the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to audit local unions which utilizes specialized records review and investigative techniques to verify LMRDA compliance.

LocalDateView Audit
SMW Local 7106/24/13Full Audit Text
SMW Local 31206/29/12Full Audit Text
SMW Local 6606/28/12Full Audit Text
SMW Local 13909/30/11Full Audit Text
SMW Local 26707/29/11Full Audit Text
SMW Local 16504/18/11Full Audit Text
SMW Local 03/31/11Full Audit Text
SMW Local 1811/17/10Full Audit Text
SMW Local 3810/25/10Full Audit Text
SMW Local 5807/07/10Full Audit Text
SMW Local 26804/29/10Full Audit Text
SMW Local 17710/05/09Full Audit Text
SMW Local 39902/06/08Full Audit Text
SMW Local 312/14/05Full Audit Text
SMW Local 20210/19/05Full Audit Text
SMW Local 3303/29/05Full Audit Text
SMW Local 43301/04/05Full Audit Text

Source: Office of Labor-Management Standards

Last Updated: January 26th, 2014


Pensions Linked to the Union

Pension Name/SponsorMembersFunding Percentage
Sheet Metal Workers' National Pension Fund
Bd of Trustees Sheet Metal Workers' National Pension Fund

Source: Internal Revenue Service.

Union Decertifications

Unionized employees can elect to revoke a union's right to represent them through a process called a decertification. In order to decertify a union, a majority of the unionized employees must vote to remove the union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recent Decertification Petitions

Case NumberName/UnionDate Filed
27-RD-01237Seader Custom Metal Works
Sheetmetal Workers, Local #9
08-RD-02195Fireplaces 'n' Fixin's, Inc.
Sheet Metal Workers International Association of Northern Ohio Local No. 33
04-RD-02178L.E.D. Electrical and Mechanical Contractors, LLC
Sheet Metal Workers International Union Local 19, AFL-CIO
27-RD-01233Klimate Heating & Cooling
Local 103 Sheet Metal Workers
16-RD-01601Flexmaster U.S.A. Inc.
Local Union No. 54 of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association
18-RD-02681Genz/Ryan Plumbing & Heating
Sheet Metal Workers Union Local No. 10
21-RD-02862Alliance Mechanical Heating and Air Conditioning
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association Local Union 105
04-RD-02173L&H Signs, Inc.
Sbheet Metal Workers International Association Local 19
04-RD-02170L&H Signs, Inc.
Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 19
09-RD-02186Beckley Mechanical, Inc.
Sheet Metal Workers Local #33

Source: National Labor Relations Board
Case Activity Tracking System

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Allegations

Unionized employees, business owners, managers, and others often bring labor law charges against unions. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversees the porcess of determining if the union violated the National Labor Relations Act.

AllegationCases Filed
Other Allegations355
Duty of Fair Representation211
Actions of Picketers59
Hiring Halls53
Threatening Statements44
Hiring Hall Related39
Coercive Statements34
Time/Place of Picketing29
Discipline (including charges/fines)28
Union Security Related (including Beck)24
Language on Picket Sign/Handbill20
Bad Faith/Surface Bargaining (Succeeding Contract)18
Union Security Related18
Refusal to Furnish Information18
Reserved Gate Issues17
All Allegations against a Labor Organization15

Please note that a single case may fall into multiple allegation categories.

Source: National Labor Relations Board; Case Activity Tracking System

Recent Strikes

Employer/LocationUnionDays on StrikeEmployees on Strike
Broadway National
Ronkonkoma, NY
SMWIA Local 1371936
Standex Adp Snappy
Detroit Lakes, MN
SMW Local 100108
Sign Companies GRP A (11)
Philadelphia, PA
SMW Local 1927200
Midland Heating & Air Conditioning
Minneapolis, MN
SMW Local 1010725
Bernard Dalsin Manufacturing Co
Farmington, MN
SMW Local 10640
Simpson Strong Tie Inc
Stockton, CA
SMWIA Local 1628280
Golden Plastics Corporation
Oakland, CA
SMWIA Local 1622912
Foremost Duct, LLC
Farmington, MI
SMW Local 80234
SMW Local 194713