SMART Local 511 was chartered by the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) of the United States and Canada in 1951. A merger with the United Transportation Union in the United States resulted in the name change to the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART).
SMART Local 511, is a dynamic and diverse union with over 1200 members working in five construction related craft trades. We are sheet metal workers, testing & balancing technicians, commercial roofers, total building enclosure workers, welders, manufacturing employees and more. Local 511’s members work primarily in the industrial and commercial construction industry, both on job sites and in production shops, mainly in the Province of Manitoba.
SMART Local 511 works with its members, executive board, officers, committees, affiliates and signatory partners to protect and maintain the living standards for the professional, skilled women and men employed in the construction industry and our production/manufacturing workplaces. We unify our members and employers to work together to maintain safety, ensure profitability and provide the highest quality of work.
“In unity there is strength.”
A labour union is a democratic organization. When workers join together in a union, there is a greater ability through strength in numbers to improve conditions at the workplace.
The primary purpose of the union is to represent workers in their employment and to negotiate a contract that improves wages, provides benefits, establishes working conditions and protects workers from unfair treatment. The contract negotiated with the employer or craft trade is determined by the union members affected by the proposed contract. Once negotiated, the contract or collective bargaining agreement can only take effect if it is voted on and ratified (approved) by a majority of the craft trade members.
Unions are a powerful advocate and voice of the working family. Union members have healthcare benefits coverage, retirement security, fair wages, and a collective bargaining agreement to ensure fair treatment in the workplace.