Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blood Drive (December 20, 2012)

Hawkeye Labor Council Blood DriveIBEW Local 405 - IBEW Hall
1211 Wiley Blvd SW
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

For an appointment contact Rick Moyle at
Walk-ins welcome!
Please bring a photo ID or your blood donor card or two other forms of ID.

Eat a healthy meal and drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before the donation. 

Modified 12/14/12 smc

Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Christmas Party

Sheet Metal Workers Annual Children's Christmas Party
~Sunday, December 2, 2012 ~

Sheet Metal Workers' Local #263 will be hosting our Annual Children's Christmas party for the children and grandchildren of our members.
    When: Sunday, December 2, 2012 - Noon
    Where: IBEW Hall — 1211 Wiley Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids, IA.
    Who: All members and their families
    Gifts for children ages - infant to 12 years.
All ages welcome. Seating and entertainment will begin at 12:00 pm; Santa will be there following entertainment and refreshments. Help yourself to the refreshments upon arrival.

Goodie bags will be available (as you leave the hall).   Please do not pick up the bags early and please watch your children.  Due to concerns for the children please do not allow children to run in the hallways. 

Upon arrival, name tags will be provided for the children — to assist Santa in distributing the gifts.
You will be sent this information with a postcard for returning your reservation for children's gifts.  Please list your child(s) / grandchild(s) Name/Age and gender on provided postcard and then please return the postcard to the Union Hall by Tuesday, November 26, 2012 (no exceptions can be made). Santa will only be able to provide the gifts for names listed on this card.   If for some reason you do not receive the letter/postcard, please call Jennifer at the office (319) 396-8045.

Please also RSVP how many adult(s) and older children will be attending as well.

Children must be present to receive their gifts from Santa, Please *DO NOT * ask to take gifts home in a child's absence.

If you need to cancel or would like to volunteer to help at the party please call Jennifer at (319) 396-8045.  Thanks. 

Gifts that are not distributed to children at the Christmas party will be taken, by Santa, to a local shelter. 

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

CEU Courses - December/January

OSHA Safety Courses -- 4 hrs.  CEU credit.

4 Hour Safety Credits (2 options)

OSHA 4 - December 13, 2012 (Thursday evening) 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

OSHA 4 - January 10, 2013 (Thursday evening) 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Each class is limited to 30 participants.

NOTE:  To  register please call  
Derek (319) 540-1933  or Jerry (319) 521-5395.

Mechanical Code -2 Hour Code Update Credit
Thursday - January 24, 2013
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
(no lunch)
Iowa Mechanical Code
Class held at SMWIA #263 Training Center
provides 2 hours of CEU credit

NOTE:  To  register please call  
Derek (319) 540-1933  or Jerry (319) 521-5395.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Meet the Candidates - September 17, 2012

Meet Your Candidates Cedar Rapids Political Night Out - Sept 17, 2012
Please come join your Union Brothers and Sisters for a chance to talk about your issues with all the candidates that were endorsed by the Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City Building and Construction Trades while enjoying Dinner and refreshments.

When: Monday, September 17th, 2012 
Time: 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. 
Where: Teamster Hall •  5000 J Street S.W. , •  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Stand Strong! Stand United!

If you are not registered to vote it is important that all union members register.  It's easy and simple.  Go to, fill out the form, print it off, sign, fold, stamp, and send it off.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Refrigerant Handling Class - 608 October 2012

OCTOBER 6th - CHECK for $25 due to JATC - CONTACT DEREK.

Refrigerant Handling 608 TEST on Sat. Oct. 20th 2012. 

If you are interested - Register and watch this blog for more information.
There will be a deposit for the test -- more information will be posted here ASAP.
or contact Derek (319) 540-1933  or Jerry (319) 521-5395 with QUESTIONS.

CHECK to JATC for $25.00 to be RECEIVED by OCTOBER 6, 2012 

Study nights:
Tuesday, Oct. 16th - 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18th - 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 20 from 8 a.m. to Noon.

NOTE:  To  register please call
Derek (319) 540-1933  or Jerry (319) 521-5395. 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Labor Day Picnic 2012

Presented by:  Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO

Monday September 3rd 11:00 A.M. till 4:00 P.M.
Free food pop and beer
(lunch served 11:30 -1:30)
Live music
Kids entertainment including inflatables

SMWIA #263 will be helping with the set-up and will be providing the Popcorn.
Location- Hawkeye Downs Speedway
4400 6th Street  SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
All union members  (retirees) and families are invited

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Apprenticeship Classes Begin August 15, 2012

Apprenticeship Classes Begin August 15, 2012

CPR/FIRST AID courses in September

Monday - September 17th  or  Wednesday - September 19th
4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
CPR/First Aid
Class held at SMWIA #263 Training Center
provides 4 hours of CEU credit
Class limited to 24 participants each class session.
CEU's for your license due in 2014


NOTE:  To  register please call
Derek (319) 540-1933  or Jerry (319) 521-5395.   

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Night at the Ballpark - June 22, 2012

TICKETS $5 - purchase from SMWIA #263 Union Hall
or SMCI Office
QUESTIONS - Call Jennifer at 319-396-8045
or SMCI at 515-223-6568 

Mitt Romney on Unions -- Is This What YOU Want?

A Message From Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has made it clear, over and over again, how he'll treat organized labor the day he steps into the White House.   Watch this video, and see how Romney feels about Unions, in his own words.  Spread the word -- share this video with friends, family and co-workers.  Tweet this URL -- or share it via e-mail, or your Facebook account. 


Friday, April 13, 2012

Members of Local 263 Invest Time & Talent for Charity

 A Playhouse for Four Oaks - At the Ballpark



A playhouse Built by Pros, assembled at the Carpenter’s JATC, and roofed with copper color clad by retirees and working members of Sheet Metal Workers Local #263 will be raffled to raise money for Four Oaks. The playhouse was transported to the Kernels Baseball Complex.  Tickets will be on sale throughout the 2012 season.  
The Building Pros of Eastern Iowa and many contractor suppliers have donated materials and hundreds of hours of time to build this large, two story playhouse.  Beginning April 13, volunteers will be selling raffle tickets (only $1 each; 6 for $5) with the winning ticket being drawn at the end of the Kernels’ 2012 season.  The Building Pros commitment to community and especially children has led to this extensive community project. The Kernels organization encourage all members of the community to book a family or group outing at the ball park, and to purchase a few (or a lot) of raffle tickets for a chance to win this fantastic copper clad roofed playhouse -- a play house sure to delight children or grandchildren alike.  All proceeds of the raffle sales will benefit Four Oaks.
 The Building Pros of Eastern Iowa
Four Oaks - For Kids Community, and YouSMWIA logo
 See more images linked at Local 263's Members Volunteer page.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

International Sheet Metal Competition - 2012

Congratulations Alex Stewart and Curtis Hlas

Annual International Sheet Metal Competition -
Las Vegas 2012

Alex Stewart, apprentice at Climate Engineers, Cedar Rapids (Iowa), and Curtis Hlas , apprentice at Universal Climate Control, Coralville (Iowa),   represented SMWIA Local #263 at the Annual International Sheet Metal Competition held in Las Vegas, NV - March 5-9, 2012.
Stewart earned a fourth place ranking (out of 62 participants) in the Industrial competition.  Hlas's competition piece was chosen for display at the competition.

Instructor and JATC Coordinator Jerry Hintz and Randy Sconyers, Local 263 Business Agent accompanied the apprentices.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

EPA 608 - Freon Handling Training - April 19 & 21, 2012

EPA 608   Freon Handling   
April 19th 4:30 to 8:30   (Thursday)
Lunch provided
Successful completion = 4 hrs HVAC CEU's

  Test for the training (above)  
April 21st. 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Donuts &  coffee

  Test cost $25.00
Check should be made out 

to SMW Local #263 
Fee must be paid by April 17,  2012 (Tuesday)

Register with Jen in the SMWIA Local #263 Office
phone: (319) 396-8045


Monday, February 20, 2012

CEU Classes (March) - Register NOW!

Thursday - March 8th 
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Iowa Mechanical Code
Class held at SMWIA #263 Training Center
provides 2 hours of CEU credit
Class limited to 30 participants 

Call Jenn at the union hall -- (319) 396-8045 to register. 
Tuesday -  March 20th OR 
Wednesday - March 21st 
4:30-8:30 p.m. each night 
CPR/First Aid/AED
Light lunch provided each evening
Register for one evening or the other. 
Course held at SMWIA #263 Training Center
Class limited to 27 each night.

Call Jenn at (319) 396-8045 to register. 


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Scholarships Available

Deadline for the 2012 Scholarship - February 29, 2012

Eligible applicants are the legal spouse or legal dependent of any Sheet Metal Local #263 building trades member paying into the Local Scholarship Fund.  Status is determined according to the description of the above and by the same eligibility rules of SMWIA#263  Health and Welfare plan.
For complete details see:


Monday, January 30, 2012

10 Hour OSHA class- Feb. 16th and Feb 18th.

10 hours of CPU credit - OSHA

Feb. 16th - Thursday night
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (4 hours)

Feb. 18th - Saturday
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (6 hours)

Lunch will be provided both sessions.

4 hours CPU OSHA update Available on Saturday (Feb 18th)
If you only wish to have 4 hours CPU OSHA Up-date credit you may enroll for Saturday only (4 hours) and receive 4 hours OSHA-4 up-date credit.

Class will be limited to 30 people.
Call Jenn at (319) 396-8045 to register. 
Class to be held at the SMWIA263 Training Center.