(Geismar, LA) -- On a Thursday morning in June, Antionette West was lying on a couch in her trailer here, not far from a row of chemical plants near the Mississippi River, when the house began to shake.
She initially thought there had been an explosion at a vinyl chloride plant about a mile away, where an explosion occurred last year.
This time, she saw black smoke coming from another direction. Read more »
On Columbus Day, dozens of the 160 Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation workers (SMART) training centers opened up their state-of-the-art facilities to the public and introduced politicians, community leaders, architects and prospective students to the apprenticeship programs that teach and shape tomorrow's sheet metal workers. Read more »
When Joe Flores graduated from Humboldt High School in 2009, he wasn’t interested in going to college. Given the opportunity to enroll as an apprentice with Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers Local 1, he went for it.
On Wednesday he returned to Humboldt as a journey-level bricklayer – with a message for the school’s seniors about the value of construction careers.
“If you are not planning on going to college, it’s a good option . . .” Flores said. “I like the hands-on type of work. I actually want to open my own company someday. That’s what I’m working at.” Read more »