Sheet Metal Workers
International Association
Local 206 San Diego

4594 Mission Gorge Place.
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone: (619) 265-0501
Fax: (619) 265-0084
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Spring 2015

This being my first newsletter article as Business Representative, I would like to begin by saying I hope all of you and your families have begun the New Year happy and healthy. I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone who has called or stopped by the office to wish me well in my new position. It has been a pleasure visiting various shops and jobsites and meeting our members and contractors. I look forward to meeting more of you as time goes on.

 One of the best parts of this job is going in to some of the apprenticeship classes and seeing these men and women hard at work. It is easy to forget the amount of work and commitment it takes to work fulltime, go to school and raise a family. Families of apprentice members definitely share in the sacrifice within their households of these hardworking individuals. Having been an apprentice myself, I appreciate and applaud their efforts. Another rewarding facet of working in the Local 206 office is being part of a team that really has one goal in mind: Supporting Our Membership; whether it is answering a contractual question, assisting in the resolution of workplace issues or the opportunity to place a call to a member and let them know they are going back to work. Every individual in this local is working on your behalf.

 We are currently in the process of preparing the final touches on the annual Local 206 picnic. For those of you who have not yet attended one of our annual picnics, please put Saturday, May 16th on your calendar. This picnic is really our chance to put work aside and enjoy a fun filled day with our family. The picnic will have a rock wall, obstacle course, lide, jumps, clowns, hot dogs, cotton candy, etc. along with a catered lunch. One of the favorite highlights of the picnic would probably be the raffle, which we are able to present through the generosity of our contractors and business associates. Additionally, many of our members camp at Santee Lakes and make a weekend out of the event.

 In closing, I would like to give a reminder to all of why we have unions. Workers needed to unite, not just because they needed to be treated fairly in a safe work environment, but also they needed to be able to provide for their families. The team here at Local 206, our International, and organized labor as a whole will always continue to represent our members and their ability to provide for their families. I am proud and excited to be a part of this endeavor and will continue to learn and serve to the best of my ability.