REQUEST for APPLICATION and Information packets are at the hall!
General Information about the two programs:
SMWI Scholarship Fund-
- #of awards: 34
- Award Amount: $4,000 per year for up to 4 years of undergraduate study
- Eligibility: Applicant must be an active member of SMART’s former SMWIA; a covered employee, or a dependent spouse or child under the age of 25 of a SMART/SMWIA member or covered employee. Also, the member must contribute the one-cent per hour worked into the Scholarship Fund, and must maintain at least 150 hours worked in the calendar year prior to the closing of the contest on March 1. The applicant must be a full-time student or have been accepted to be a full-time student at an accredited college or university. The scholarship may be used for any field of study by undergraduate students only.
- Award Criteria: Submit completed application form with the following: transcript; SAT or ACT test scores (applicable to high school seniors only); an essay (topic provided with information packet); and a letter of recommendation.
- Applications available: September 1 through February 15
- DEADLINE: Application postmarked no later than March 1*
SMWI Scholarship Foundation
- #of awards: 20
- Award Amount: $2,000 Single-year, of undergraduate study
- Eligibility: Applicant must be an active member of SMART’s former SMWIA; a covered employee, or a dependent spouse or child under the age of 25 of a SMART/SMWIA member or covered employee. The applicant must be a full-time student at an accredited college or university. The scholarship may be used for any field of study by undergraduate students only.
- Award criteria: submit completed form with the following: transcript; SAT or ACT test scores (applicable to high school seniors only); an essay (topic provided with information packet); and a letter of recommendation.
- Applications Available: September 1 through February 15
- DEADLINE: Application postmarked NO LATER than March 1*
05 Nov 2014
FROM: Local 80 Upgrading Instructors
RE: Night Time Upgrading Classes
SUBJECT: Declining Enrollment
Our training Center instructors have always been committed to provide the training needed to continuously exceed the contractor’s expectations. We cover training in new technologies as well as conventional sheet metal work. However, in recent years, interest in our classes has declined. According to our surveys, LU 80 members don’t believe that the contractors recognize the benefits of a work force that continues to use the upgrading classes to increase their productivity. The JATC has tried numerous promotional events in order to reach both SMW’S and Contractors in regards to this issue. Unfortunately there has been little progress made.
We need your help in reversing this dangerous trend. As Union SMW’s, with close ties to the contractors, you may be in the best position to get the message out. “CONTINUOUS EDUCATION & TRAINING IS A PROVEN PATH TO INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY.” Most industries, that provide high paying jobs, expect their employees to participate in the continuous training process. In some cases they demand it. There are numerous statistics that support this claim. Statistics that are one thing but common sense is another. “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.” No one can argue with that. A Pro-athlete must constantly practice in order to stay on top of his game. As Union SMW’s, we must stay on top of our game in order to deal with many difficult challenges ahead. We must maintain our competitive edge.
Learning new skills and upgrading old ones are an important part of our night time programs. However, there are many intangible factors in the learning process, regardless of the subject matter, that help to increase productivity. Every action begins with a thought and/or idea. A well thought out idea leads to a successful action. The classroom is an ideal environment to develop a fast and effective thought process. It starts with the practice of finding, analyzing and processing information. The learning process itself, regardless of the subject matter, benefits contractors in ways that are often taken for granted.
- Avoiding problems.
- Solving problems
- Improved task management (finding better ways to complete a task.)
- Improved work ethic. (attitude & attendance)
- Improved communication (team work & customer relations)
NOTE: our instructors would be glad to provide a referral service for outstanding student performance.
We must prove to the industry that we still maintain a competitive edge. We can do the job faster and better than our non-union counterparts. It is our unique training style that makes the difference. This message is harder to sell when our own members do not buy into it. The contractors must lead the way in convincing their employees to participate in the continuous E & T process. They have the greatest influence on our members when it comes to their expectations of our productivity. As Superintendents and Forman you are their messengers.
03 Nov 2014