• As a member of the Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Local 30, you belong to a strong and dynamic union with a proud history of service to its membership. Below are some of the milestones in our history:
  • January 25, 1888 Representatives from Peorio, IL; Kansas City; Omaha, NE; Memphis, TN; Dayton, and Youngstown meet in Toledo, OH to form the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ International Association. The President was Archibald Barnes; Secretary was A. W. Chatfield; and Robert Kellerstrass was named Treasurer.
  • 1896 Local 30 is the first Canadian Local chartered.
  • 1897 Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ International Association changed to the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association.
  • 1899 First charter granted to the Union by the American Federation of Labor.
  • 1901 Union membership reported at 5,581 with 108 Local Unions.
  • 1903 Name changed to the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Alliance. Headquarters established in Kansas City, MO.
  • 1907 National Building Trades Department established under the American Federation of Labor. The International becomes a charter member.
  • 1922 The first air conditioning system for human comfort was used in a motion picture theater.
  • 1924 Name changed to Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association.
  • 1925 Pacific Coast Conference of Sheet Metal Workers agres to affiliate with the Sheet Metal Workers Alliance. Membership grows about 24,000 with 441 Local Unions.
  • 1927 Sheet Metal Workers from Local 206 in San Diego, CA build a major portion of what became the “Spirit of St. Louis.” This is the plane Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in May 1927.
  • 1942 During WWII, a number of Sheet Metal Workers were engaged in “secret work” associated with development of an atomic bomb.
  • 1952 Local 30 became the first Local in the SMWIA and Canada to represent Roofers. First pension checks issued by Local 28 in New York City, NY. This program is the first of its kind in the building trades.
  • 1957 International begins tracking industry products manufactured under collective bargaining agreements.
  • 1962 SMWIA becomes first union to offer its members accident insurance – protecting members at work and at home in case of accidental death.
  • 1971 National Maintenance Policy Agreement established to promote labour-management cooperation in he construction trades.
  • 1981 National Energy Management Institute created in partnership with the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SMACNA).
  • 1986 Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute established to address asbestos exposure in Sheet Metal Workers.
  • 1988 Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association celebrates 100th anniversary.
  • 1996 Department of Education established to provide a specialized training curriculum for the future union leaders.
  • 2000 First Bi-Annual Labor-Management Partnership Conference hosted by SMACNA and SMWIA.
  • 2003 SMWIA joins the Industrial Union Council (IUC). The Industrial Union Council consists of 14 unions with members represented in manufacturing.
  • 2004 SMWIA Local 41, the first SMWIA Local Union outside the U.S. and Canada, is established in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 2005 SMWIA Members receive degrees from the National Labor College.
  • 2005 First moves toward merger between SMWIA and UTU initiated
  • 2006 Live Up to the Promise video calls for standards of conduct
  • 2007 SMWIA-UTU (SMART) merger agreement negotiated, approved by SMWIA GEC, ratified by UTU membership.
  • 2008 SMWIA adopts Code of Excellence.
  • 2009 Code of Excellence endorsed by SMWIA and SMACNA.
  • 2011 Merger of the United Transportation Union and the SMWIA confirmed by arbitration to form the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)
  • 2013 SMART receives official charter from the AFL-CIO – 2014 SMART holds its First General Convention in Las Vegas, NV from August 12 to the 15th.
  • Present Continuing to represent all the SMWIA members.

Since its founding, the SMWIA has continued its growth during times of war, peace, depression and prosperity. We now represent about 150,000 active and retired workers in areas such as HVAC installation, fabrication, repair, and service; architectural sheet metal; manufacturing, metal roofing, railroad and shipyard work and a range of other industries and occupations.