SMART Women

SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, is one of North America’s most dynamic and diverse unions with 208,000 members. Every day, thousands of women play a critical role in making SMART one of the leading Unions in North America. The SMART Womens' Committee supports female members by providing assistance in obtaining training and leadership skills; by  advocating on behalf of women in the trade and by mentoring new and potential members.

This new recruitment video profiles women in the sheet metal trade.

Over the last several decades, women have made tremendous gains in many professions. Women physicians, for instance, were a rarity in the 1960s.

Recent News

More women work in construction that's still a man's world

Today, Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL-21), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), John Katko (R-NY-24), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14), along with 49 cosponsors, reintroduced the Ending the Monopoly of Power Over Workplace harassment through Education and Reporting (EMPOWER) Act. This legislation will lift the veil of secrecy surrounding workplace harassment, and bolster transparency and accountability. A companion bill will be introduced in the Senate by Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

This article highlights the work being done to promote women in the construction industry while at the same time makes the argument for the gender diversification of the industry. Common mispeceptions are identified and challenged with a discussion about some resources women have used in the industry. You can view the article here

In keeping with SMART's dedication to supporting sisters in the trade, the Journal will begin running the SMART Women’s Corner