California Politics and Industry News

CAL SMACNA Shop Tours

Sheet metal shop tours provide excellent opportunities for CAL SMACNA members to meet face-to-face with their elected officials to better educate their representatives about the sheet metal/HVAC industry and discuss the various issues important to their local businesses.

California Chapter Executive Named SMACNA Executive of the Year

Two deserving chapter executives received SMACNA’s Chapter Executive of the Year award at SMACNA’s Annual Convention for their efforts in tackling one of SMACNA’s most critical initiatives: recruiting a skilled workforce. Lauri Rollings, executive director of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Milwaukee, and Linda Jennings, executive vice president of SMACNA San Diego, were recognized by then SMACNA President Jack Knox as co-winners.

Governor Brown Signs Two CAL SMACNA Supported Bills: PAGA Lawsuits (AB 1654); and AB 1701 Clean-UP (AB 1565)

PAGA Exemption for CBAs — Governor Brown signed AB 1654 (Rubio, D), supported by CAL SMACNA, to strengthen and uphold the sanctity of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) when it comes to settling grievances. This bill exempts construction industry employees in a CBA from also using the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) to resolve disputes with their employer in a civil action.

Labor and Workforce Development Agency Announces Record Number of Apprentices

On Tuesday May 15, 2018, the State of California Labor and Workforce Development Agency sent out the following press release: California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary David M. Lanier today announced that there are nearly 82,000 active apprentices in California – the highest number in the 79-year history of formal apprenticeship job training in the state.