August 23, 2011
The Sheet Metal Workers Local 40 and the Associated Sheet Metal and Roofing Contractors of Connecticut provided Sen. Richard Blumenthal with a tour of their training center on Old Forge Road.
The center helps provide training for skilled craftsmen to improve air quality and reduce wasteful energy in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, the company press release said. The facility is also focused on creating more green jobs.
Click here to read more about the tour on the North Branford Patch.
“The pharmaceutical industry – and the innovation and creativity of that industry – can help to drive our economy, but it needs partners like you’re providing here.”
– Senator Blumenthal
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey Visits SMWIA Local 19 Joint Aprenticeship & Training Center
September 10, 2010—PILMA, in conjunction with We Work For Health, co-sponsored a September 10th visit by Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey to Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Center in Philadelphia. The session showcased the strategic partnership between the biotechnology industry and labor for some 35 biotech professionals and representatives from PILMA’s labor and industry partners—including SMWIA, GlaxoSmithKline, Endo Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer.
This was the first of several planned site visits to familiarize industry officials with the skill levels and training that various union craft workers bring to specialized construction challenges in the biotechnology industry.
“I applaud PILMA for a partnership that is a win for workers and industry. This type of training and cooperation can be an inspiration to policymakers. Giving workers the skills that employers require helps workers succeed and grows the regional economy.”
– Senator Bob Casey