OSHA Issues Guidance on HVAC Ventilation during COVID 19

Recently, as part of the effort to address COVID-19, OSHA issued guidance on proper ventilation in the workplace to help maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Under the guidance, OSHA recommends employers work with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals to consider possible ways to improve building ventilation so as to limit the possibility of exposure.

As we are all aware, enclosed spaces with poor ventilation and air flow can make it more likely for potential infection. Studies have also shown that contagious aerosol droplets can travel further and linger longer in poorly ventilated areas.

The OSHA Guidance is below. We recommend our members provide it to any service or maintenance clients as well as ensuring your own offices are up to date with the recommendations.


SMACNA Boston COVID-19 Safety Plan

Over the past few weeks, SMACNA Boston has taken the steps of incorporating many various COVID-19 plans into one coherent document. As most of our contractors are being asked for their own individual safety plans, we thought it would be useful to provide you with this template.  Please feel free to modify it for your own use or draw from it for your own document.

We would like to thank those members who participated by providing their own draft plans for us to draw from.


Annual Funding Notice

This notice includes important information about the funding status of your multiemployer pension plan (the “Plan”). It also includes general information about the benefit payments guaranteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”), a federal insurance agency. All traditional pension plans (called “defined benefit pension plans”) must provide this notice every year regardless of their funding status. This notice does not mean that the Plan is terminating. It is provided for informational purposes and you are not required to respond in any way. This notice is required by federal law. This notice is for the plan year beginning 1/1/2019 and ending 12/31/2019 (“Plan Year”).

Annual Funding Notice - SMW17 - 2019

McCusker-Gill, Inc. Named SNIPS Magazine Contractor of the Year

Longtime SMACNA Boston member and immediate past president Kevin Gill, Sr. of McCusker-Gill Inc. recently received the first ever Contractor of the Year award from the sheet metal trade journal SNIPS magazine.

In an interview, Kevin revealed his continuing passion for the business and a relentless drive to improve their fabrication process, which included upgrading the size of their headquarters, investing in the newest technologies, and touring other sheet metal shops to ensure they were utilizing industry best practices.

Join us in congratulating Kevin and everyone else at McCusker-Gill!

Cannistraro Named ENR Specialty Contractor of the Year

J.C. Cannistraro LLC. was recently named the first-ever ENR New England Specialty Contractor of the Year. Cannistraro is one of the region’s largest MEP/HVAC and fire protection specialty contractors. The firm ranked No. 2 on the 2017 ENR New England Top Specialty Contractor. In 2017, Cannistraro was also the No. 86-ranked firm on ENR’s Top 600 Specialty Contractor ranking.

Headquartered in Watertown, MA the firm recently signed a 50-year ground lease in Boston’s Seaport District to consolidate its prefabrication and assembly plants. The firm has 800 employees, including 200 in the office and 600 in the field.

MA Statewide Contracting Opportunities Still Available!

The Massachusetts Operational Service Division (OSD) has asked SMACNA again to promote the 3 Tradespersons Statewide Contracts. They want to identify union contractors available to bid on some small to mid-size state contracts for trade services required by state facilities.

Interested in this opportunity? If you are, please read over the flyer below!

Continue reading “MA Statewide Contracting Opportunities Still Available!”

Union Apprenticeship Open Enrollment


Dear Members and Job Seekers,

As you may know, each month brings new opportunities to apply for apprenticeships with different union building trades.  Each of the 12 trades has its own timeline and procedure for apprenticeship applications.

The following trade(s) will be accepting applications for apprenticeship training:



*****Please be sure to call the union to confirm these details! ******

Roofers & Waterproofers Union Local 33

  • When: Every Mon., Tues., and Wed., 9am – 11am
  • Phone: (781) 341-9192
  • Address:

Local 33: Willie Hernandez
53 Evans Dr.
Stoughton, MA 02072


  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Must be able to pass a drug test


Boilermakers Local 29

  • When: Monthly – Last Friday of every month: 8am – 11am (July 28, 2017)
  • Phone: (617) 328-8400
  • Address: 68 Sagamore St, North Quincy
  • Website: http://www.bmlocal29.org/


  • Must have a valid Driver’s license
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have HS Diploma or GED


Carpenters, Floor Coverers, Local and Pile Drivers Locals 33, 40, 56, 67, 218, 723, 2168

  • When: Monthly – Monday, July 3, 2017.  Info sessions: 9am or 3pm
  • Phone: (508) 792-5443, Option 2
  • Address: 750 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA  02125
  • Website: www.nectf.org


  • Must have valid ID
  • Must be 18 at time of interview
  • Must have HS Diploma or GED


Painters & Allied Trades D.C. 35          

  • When: Starting July 3, 2017, accepting only 25 applications per month.
  • Phone: (617) 524-0248
  • Address: 25 Colgate Rd., Roslindale, MA  02131
  • Apply on Website: www.iupatdc35.org


  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid Driver’s License


Sheet Metals Workers Local 17

  • When: Monthly – Every 3rd Thursday of the month: 9am – 2pm (July 20, 2017)
  • Phones: (617) 298-0850
  • Address: 1181 Adams St, Dorchester, MA
  • Website: www.LU17JATC.ORG


  • Must have a valid Driver’s license
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have HS Diploma or GED transcripts
  • Social Security card
  • 3 Letters of Recommendations
  • Must be physically capable of performing work of the trade
  • Pre-hire physical and drug screen
  • Must reside within the jurisdictional area


Millwrights Local 1121

  • When: Monthly – Applications are accepted the 2nd & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 9:30am
  • Phone: (617) 254- 0042
  • Address: 90 Braintree St. Allston, MA
  • Website: easternmillwrights.com


  • Must have a valid Driver’s license
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must have copy of HS Diploma or GED
  • Must have copy of HS/College transcript


In addition, Suffolk Construction and Wynn Casino are looking for active union members. They can submit an application for employment at the link below.

If you know of someone already in the union, please have them go to our website at www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WJRY66 to submit an application. We will notify unions and subcontractors of their availability.  Help spread the word!