Sheet Metal Workers Local 16

SMART 16 protests data center for dumping union contractor

HITT Construction replaced Local 16 union crews with a non-local, non-union subcontractor at the last minute. 

Sheet Metal Local 16 wins $23.25 raise

Journeyman compensation will rise to $94.51 by 2027 in the contract with Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association.

Sheet metal workers ready to strike

If arbitration fails to produce a new master agreement, roughly 1,750 members at nearly 60 contractors could strike.

They got a free education. Now they get a free degree.

Mt. Hood Community College now offers associates degrees to journeymen sheet metal workers.

Sheet Metal Local 16 votes on strike as bargaining bogs down

The master agreement with signatory contractors expired June 30, and bargaining has reached impasse. Members will take a strike vote Aug. 5.

Recruiting out in the community

R&B. Barbecue. And a chance at a family wage. The Community Pulse Series is meant to recruit people of color to the trades.


Interviews with 12 local construction tradeswomen reveals, no surprise: They want the same chance to succeed.

360 Sheet Metal must pay $118,000 more for wage theft

The contractor stiffed its workers of $200,000 on multiple Southwest Washington public construction projects.

Strike protests lawless sheet metal employer

Workers at a Vancouver sheet metal shop have been on strike since late July, bolstered by a strike fund and solidarity from union members across trades.

Union holiday stockings spark angry confrontation

Sheet Metal Local 16 organizer Darrin Boyce says the company owner’s daughter was furious: The union was giving out Christmas stockings!

A “SMART” business decision

By signing with SMART Local 16, Clint Ochampaugh gets access to the highest-skilled employees in the industry through its hiring hall.

Union campaign ramps up as 360 Sheet Metal fires supporters

Sheet Metal Local 16’s relationship with the newly unionized Vancouver firm has gone from bad to worse, with legal charges multiplying.

360 Sheet Metal management: “We do not agree with the law.”

Negotiations aren’t going well at 360 Sheet Metal in Vancouver. Union leaders say the company is going through the motions in bargaining.

Michael D. Smith, 1953-2021

A business representative of Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, he was involved in the lengthy CleanPak strike that began in 1998.

Nowhere to go but up: Vancouver sheet metal workers win a union

Working long hours in unsafe conditions for near minimum wage, a crew of Vancouver sheet metal workers vote to unionize.

Sheet metal worker by day, race car driver on weekends

Sheet Metal Workers Local 16 member Chris West competes in stock car races nearly every weekend throughout the summer.

Sheet Metal union restructures

The new SMART Northwest Regional Council covers 9,500 members in five locals in seven states.

Sheet Metal Local 16 members elect first-ever female business agent

The 2,045 member local has been working to increase union market share and attract more women and minority workers.

Local 16’s SMART Army helps clean up Vietnam Memorial

Fourteen members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 16 spent a morning weeding, bark dusting, and doing general cleanup on the grounds.

Union members volunteer at fishing derby

About 2,500 kids ages 5 to 14 got to keep two fish, and every child got a Zebco rod and reel.