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u How the Labels Work What You Must Do – The Five Key Steps The union labels are an essential tool for enforcing contracts and protecting jobs, wages, and benefits. Multiple steps – all important – are involved in making the label system to work. Here are the basics of what you need to know and do. LABEL IT! 1. Put the label on: Fabricators must put labels on union-made products. That applies even if you think the products are going directly to a union site. Everything must be labeled. The rule is “every piece, every time!” Business representatives must ensure that fabrication shops have the labels to affix. SCAN IT! 2. Check products for the label: Installers must check all products arriving on construction sites to see if they are labeled. Watch all deliveries and visually scan for the label. If the products are labeled, they’re union made. If products are not labeled, skip to step 4. 3. Scan the labels: On labeled products, installers must check to see which SMART contract area pro- duced it. Scan the bar code with your mobile app or, if you can’t use your smart phone, read the numbers on the label and report them to your business representative. The bar codes and numbers are linked to information about which shop produced it and the shop’s wage rate. With this information, business representatives can make sure that wage equalization takes place if the products came from lower-wage locals. REPORT IT! 4. Report non-labeled products: When installers see yellow-label products on a site without labels, report it to your business representative right away. You can do it through your label app or by e-mail, text, or a phone call. This notification lets them know to step in. 5. Intervene with contractors: Once business representatives get word that yellow-label products without labels are being used on a union site, they can step in to tell contractors SMART is enforc- ing contract provisions requiring them to prove that whoever fabricated the prod- ucts was paid the same rate as the local union worker earns. (The label proves this automatically.) Five Easy Steps for Making Labels Work for YOU! u The SMART Union Label 20 Key Questions & Answers Here are the answers to 20 key questions you or other union members might have about the union label. Together they provide the basic information you need to know. I. Overview crew cost, including benefit costs). Only then can wage II. Value and Benefits equalization take place. The system relies on the vigilance III. Wage Equalization and commitment of SMART union sheet metal workers throughout the process. IV. Non-labeled Products V. Contractors and Questions 3. What’s the difference between the yellow I. THE LABEL OVERVIEW and blue labels? 1. What is the union label? The blue label is used on production products. The The label is a tool for protecting union jobs, wages, and yellow label represents benefits. And it’s an essential tool for enforcing contracts. building trades products. The labels encourage employers to use union-made prod- Yellow labels are used to ucts. Labels protect wages in two ways: first, by ensur- enforce subcontracting ing building trades fabricated materials are constructed standards and for wage per the area standard wage (average crew cost) under the equalization. contract for the jurisdiction where the jobsite is located, which is required by the subcontracting restrictions in the union contract; and, second, by identifying which SMART 4. How do the labels help enforce bargaining area fabricated the union products to ensure contracts? that, through wage equalization, the lower-paid workers All SMART union building trades contracts require that in the fabrication shop receive the same average crew cost contractors either use yellow-labeled products or prove as the higher-paid workers at the jobsite (when applicable). that the non-union workers who made non-labeled prod- They’re also a sign of quality craftsmanship done by ucts were paid the same rate as the local union workers skilled union workers. earn. As you can imagine, proving that

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