About

Who We Are

Sheet Metal Workers Local 22 trains and provides skilled craftspersons who fabricate and install work in various markets in our industry from residential, light commercial, commercial, and industrial sites.

Local 22 members are trained to work with everything from stainless steel for the pharmaceutical industry to fabricating and installing complete HVAC systems to the fabrication and installation of heavy metals, tanks, and vessels. Our members and contractors work on new construction projects, renovations, and maintenance job sites. We pride ourselves on being trained to work on an HVAC project one day, on an industrial site the next, and working on specialty projects with stainless steel or other precious metals.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 22 has an accredited Training Facility and is an AWS-certified welding facility. Our five-year apprenticeship program teaches everything from math, CAD drawing, blueprint reading, fabrication, welding, OSHA–30, and lift training, among many other certifications, along with the on-the-job training that is needed to be a skilled tradesperson.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 22 believes in hard work and dedication, which is why we pride ourselves on our proud past and believe in our bold future.

Region

Sheet Metal Workers Local 22, in the state of New Jersey, covers all of the following counties:

History

Our SMW Local 22 History

Sheet Metal Workers International Association History

The history of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association is that of a strong and dynamic union that has been on the leading edge of developments in organizing, representation, and bargaining.

Region

Sheet Metal Workers Local 22, in the state of New Jersey, covers all of the following counties:

History

Our SMW Local 22 History

Sheet Metal Workers International Association History

The history of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association is that of a strong and dynamic union that has been on the leading edge of developments in organizing, representation, and bargaining.

Early Years of the SMWIA

Some of our greatest milestones:

January 25, 1888

Representatives from Peoria, IL; Kansas City; Omaha, NE; Memphis, TN; Dayton, and Youngstown, OH meet in Toledo, OH to form the Tin, Sheet Iron, and Cornice Workers' International Association. The President was Archibald Barns, the Secretary was A. W. Chatfield, and Robert Kellerstrass was named Treasurer.

1896

First Canadian local union chartered in Toronto, Ontario.

1897

Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Workers’ International Association changed to the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers International Association.

1899

The 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

The National Building Trades Department was 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 agrees to affiliate with the Sheet Metal Workers’ Alliance. Membership grows to about 24,000 with 441 Local Unions.

1927

Sheet Metal Workers from Local 206 in San Diego, CA builds a major portion of what became the “Spirit of St. Louis.” This is the plane Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in May 1927.

April 20, 1932

SMW Local 22 was chartered.

1942

During WWII, several Sheet Metal Workers were engaged in “secret work” constructing an atomic bomb.

1949

First National Apprenticeship Contest held in Washington, DC at SMACNA Convention.

1952

First pension checks issued by Local 28 in New York City, NY. This program is first-of-its-kind in the building trades.

1955

The National Joint Adjustment Board was created by the SMWIA and Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) to serve as an arbitration board to resolve grievance disputes after they have been processed through the local level.

1957

International begins tracking industry products manufactured under collective bargaining agreements.

1962

SMWIA becomes the first union to offer its members accident insurance, protecting members at work and home in cases of accidental death.

1966

National Pension Fund established for SMWIA members in construction and production occupations.

1971

National Training Fund established.

The National Maintenance Policy Agreement was established to promote labor-management cooperation in the construction trades.

1973

SMWIA established the SASMI Program to help underemployed workers affected by the recession.

1981

The National Energy Management Institute was created in partnership with the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SMACNA).

1981

SMW Local 22 went independent from the International.

1983

The International Job Bank was created to offer SMWIA members employment opportunities outside of their local area.

1988

Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association celebrated its 100th anniversary.

1996

The Department of Education was established to provide a specialized training curriculum for future union leaders.

1999

SMW Local 22 re-affiliated with the International.

2003

SMWIA joins the Industrial Union Council (IUC). The Industrial Union Council consists of 14 unions with members representing manufacturing industries across the United States.

2004

SMWIA Local 41, the first SMWIA local union outside of the United States and Canada is established in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Today

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

Officers

James O'Reilly

President/Business Manager

Alan Pak

Vice President

Jason Rooney

Business Representative/
FST

John Sheldon

Marketing Representative/
Organizer

Richard King

Recording Secretary

Executive Board

Stephen Poko
Kevin Christenson
Christopher Tango
Joseph Muti
William Buchanan

Trustees

Daniel Barry
Charles Gallagher
Anthony Osterman

Conductor

Paul Stelljes

Warden

Alex Angeles

Apprenticeship Board

Jason Rooney
Joseph Muti
James O’Reilly

Affiliates

SMACNA

SMACNA of San Diego is a trade association representing sheet metal and air conditioning contractors located in California’s San Diego and Imperial Counties.

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HVAC Expertise

This internet presence has been developed to provide you with a single source of information on HVAC systems and organizations qualified and ready to assist you.

 

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Sheel Metal Workers

North America’s most dynamic and diverse unions with 216,000 members. We advocate for fairness in the workplace, excellence at work and opportunity for all working families.

SMWNPF

The Sheet Metal Workers’ National Pension Fund (“NPF” or “Fund”) is a defined benefit pension fund.

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ITI

The International Training Institute (ITI) internet presence has been developed to provide you with a single source of information on HVAC systems and organizations qualified and ready to assist you.

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ICB and TABB

Find the benefits of using ICB and TABB certified professionals on your projects.

NEMI

The National Energy Management Institute is a not for profit organization.

SMOHIT

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust is the industry’s leading resource for health and safety products and services. We will achieve this goal by offering cutting-edge training.

NJMACC

The New Jersey Mechanical Allied Craft Council proudly represents the mechanical trades throughout the state of New Jersey.

Local 22 in Action

Charitable Activities

Our members engage with their communities on every level – from donating their skills to community projects to participating in memorializing our fallen soldiers to making memories with local families at neighborhood events, we do it all at SMW 22

Political Action

Being politically active within our union is essential because it amplifies the collective voice of our members. Participation in the political process enables SMW Local 22 to advocate for fair wages, better working conditions, and protections for our members. It allows for the representation of diverse perspectives and ensures that policies and laws align with the needs and rights of workers. 

Through political engagement, we can influence legislation, shape policies, and foster a more equitable and supportive environment for all workers.

Issues

In Memoriam

David J Castner
4/13/1969 – 8/19/2023

Joseph Jurczak
9/13/1932 – 9/5/2023

Donald M Malloy
6/16/1930 – 5/11/2023

Richard Upson
8/26/1933 – 7/4/2023

Louis Vanderham Jr.
7/20/1938 – 7/13/2023

Robert E. Yutz
10/21/1961 – 5/2/2023

Robert E Blanchard 2/21/1932 – 1/2/2022

Robert Bukosky
4/18/1937 – 5/13/2022

John J Byrne Jr
3/8/1936 – 10/13/2022

Joseph G Cisnaji
2/21/1935 – 5/29/2022

Jeffrey W Coeyman
9/16/1953 – 6/21/2022

Lawrence Fredericks 6/7/1938 – 2/8/2022

Anthony Genova
4/16/1933 – 10/10/2022

Thomas G Jensen
4/26/1957 – 11/28/2022

Ronald D Lehman
9/11/1960 – 5/3/2022

Michael S Lehning
9/19/1965 – 5/6/2022

Walter Melnyk
2/25/1971 – 8/31/2022

Joseph Rotili
4/22/1930 – 6/12/2022

Charles A Simonson
11/21/1937 – 12/29/2022

John P Sirochman
12/26/1930 – 12/22/2022

Robert Walsh
3/24/1962 – 9/13/2022

John D Browne Jr
2/5/1940 – 3/8/2021

Edward P. Castner
9/20/1938 – 12/20/2021

Charles Colella
10/26/1942 – 3/10/2021

Eugene C Cook
4/28/1932 – 4/9/2021

Kenneth Crown
1/21/1941 – 2/28/2021

Sean D Quigley
11/14/1978 – 7/13/2021

Michael J Lelko
3/21/1942 – 10/17/2021

Charles Poskitt
5/26/1932 – 8/7/2021

Frederick Wagner
5/26/1936 – 11/27/2021

Francis Daugenti
11/11/1942 – 11/13/2020

Eugene Du Beau Jr
2/27/1946 – 6/13/2020

Kenneth Graves
8/6/1940 – 8/12/2020

Louis Grote
8/14/1932 – 12/28/2020

William J Hufford
10/21/1945 – 11/20/2020

Leonard Jastrzembski
10/25/1941 – 1/21/2020

John J Ruhnke II
1/19/1951 – 7/8/2020

Reach out today

Sheet Metal Workers Local 22 trains and provides skilled craftspersons who fabricate and install work in various markets in our industry from residential, light commercial, commercial, and industrial sites.

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