All SMART union construction contracts require contractors to use products marked in yellow or prove that non-union workers who have produced unmarked products receive the same rate as local union workers. As you can imagine, it can be difficult to prove it. What did a worker earn in China? How much did the manufacturer of a store-bought product make? The owner of the facility must prove that he deserves the same thing. Label is the easy way to prove it. SMART members who work in manufacturing stores put labels on syndicated products. SMART members, who are installers, look for the label on products that arrive on construction sites. If there is no label on a yellow label product, installers should contact their employee to enforce the contract that requires contractors to pay at least the same rates of pay for installed products (even if they are not unionized). Who is responsible for the operation of the labelling system? The system only works if local managers and high plate workers contribute to it. Rank-and-file are the hands, eyes and voices that apply labels, see if they are on products that arrive on job sites, make their voices heard to signal when labels are not present, and scan them when they are.
Local union leaders must support workers in factories and construction sites, ensure that labels are available in manufacturing stores, take action when installers declare products unlabelled, and ensure that everyone in the region knows how the system works. And the International must ensure that the whole system works and provides the data that facilitates wage compensation. The blue label is used on production products. The yellow label is synonymous with handmade products. Yellow labels are used to impose subcontracting standards and wage compensation. Wage compensation removes employers` incentive to use yellow-labeled products made by union workers who receive lower rates of pay. By scanning the labels to indicate which shop has produced a product, everyone gets in the process, from the manufacturer to the installer, the highest cost rate of the crew. For products containing labels, installers check the SMART contract area they have created by scanning barcodes or reading the numbers on labels. Barcodes and numbers are linked to information about the union shop that produced it and the shop`s rate of pay (average staff costs, including service charges).
Only then can the wage compensation be made. The system depends on the vigilance and commitment of SMART sheet metal workers throughout the process. What is the difference between the roles played by senior officials and union leaders in making the label system work? The label is a tool to protect trade union jobs, wages and social benefits. And it is an essential tool for enforcing treaties. Labels encourage employers to use syndicated products. labels protect wages in two ways: first, by ensuring that the materials built are built according to the standard salary (average crew cost) provided by the contract for the jurisdiction in which the site is located, which is required by the restrictions of subcontracting in the union contract; and second, by identifying the SMART bargaining area that manufactured union products to ensure that low-paid workers in the manufacturing company receive, through wage compensation, the same average staff costs as the highest workers on the job site (if any).