SMART Local 565 workers on Strike at Trachte Building Systems in Sun Prairie
Wisconsin AFL-CIO Stands in Solidarity with SMART Local 565 workers at Trachte Building Systems in Sun Prairie
At midnight on Friday May 6, over 105 members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 565 went on strike at Trachte Building Systems in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
SMART Local 565 members at Trachte make vital training centers for fire fighters and first responders and storage units that are used across the country. SMART members are on strike for flexibility and a work-life balance.
SMART Local 565 Business Manager and Financial Secretary Treasurer Jesse Buell said that SMART members are united for a fair contract. “There’s been lots of a mandatory overtime put on the workers through the pandemic,” stated Buell. “The company is looking for additional mandatory overtime language. Workers just want flexibility and to be able to spend time with family.”
“We send solidarity and strength to SMART members as they hold the line for a fair and just contract that allows workers to spend time with their family,” said Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale. “Like many essential workers, SMART Local 565 members worked long hours and excessive overtime to deliver for our communities. SMART Local 565 members are taking collective action to address mandatory overtime so they can spend time with their family and loved ones outside of work. Strikes are never easy, but the willingness of union members to stand together for justice and fairness at work bolsters our middle class and improves workplaces for all.”
Join SMART Local 565 members on the picket line:
Trachte Building Systems, 314 Wilburn Road, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
7 am - throughout the day