Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers’ Local Union No. 83 want to welcome you to our Web site. This site is designed to give the general public information about our organization, as well as provide our members with information about what the union is doing on their behalf, to keep them informed about upcoming events and offer information about the good and welfare of other members.
Local 83 was organized in 1892 and originally chartered on December 1st, 1896 as an affiliate of the Tin, Sheet Iron and Cornice Worker’s International Association. In 1903 this international organization merged with the Sheet Metal Workers National Alliance, creating the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Worker’s International Alliance. The Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 83 was reissued a new charter on April 1, 1920 by the Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers International Alliance and then by the Sheet Metal Workers International Association on July 22, 1924. At that time, our jurisdiction spanned through Saratoga, Albany and Rensselaer Counties of New York. Schenectady County was added to our jurisdiction by 1930.
The current jurisdiction covers the counties of: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington. Our recent charter established on January 1, 2012 changed us to our current name, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers’ (SMART) Local 83.
Local 83 is comprised of over 400 highly skilled sheet metal workers, In addition to this, we have access to at least 180,000 members who are affiliated with our International Association. There is no project that we cannot cover with very well trained craftspeople. Local #83 supplies qualified mechanics and apprentices to over 30 local contractors who perform all facets of sheet metal work including, but not limited to: heating, ventilating, skylights, cornice work, lockers, spiral or oval duct, kitchen equipment and testing and balancing systems.
Our contractors and our local union are highly respected for their quality of workmanship and their safety awareness. Again and again we have brought projects in on time and under budget. We have earned this reputation honestly and we take great pride in each and every job we do. Our craftsmen and their skills are the driving force of our local communities in which we are proud to support both at work and when with our families as well.
Local 83 also serves as an educational institution that trains future and current sheet metal workers through a five year apprentice program and journeyperson upgrade training.
Our commitment to training, re-training, safety and drug awareness translates into quality craftsmanship, efficiency and productivity on the job site. Using union contractors on projects will insure that you have dependable, competent craft people who will work together to get the job done on time and under budget. Please contact Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 83 to become part of this winning team.