Sheet Metal Workers International Association

Local Union
No 565


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We have regular monthly meetings in Wausau and Madison the first week of the month. The first Tuesday of the month, we meet at 7:30am, 12:00pm and 3:30pm at Weston Lanes in Weston. The meetings in Madison are the first Thursday of the month, at 12:00pm, 2:30pm, and at 4:00pm.
Please note: We suspend meetings during the summer months of June, July, and August.
  Address and Beneficiary Information Updates
It is extremely important that you keep your address and beneficiary information up to date with the Local Union. By the time you think of making the change, it may be too late. To make changes to your address or beneficiary info, please contact the union office or talk to your Steward or Committeeperson.







The union labels are an essential tool for enforcing contracts and protecting jobs, wages, and benefits. Union officials work hard to negotiate the best contracts possible, and the labels are essential to protecting those contracts, union jobs, and wages. They play a central part in preventing a race to the bottom in which contractors try to use non-labeled products or pay union workers less and less. 

In other words, all union members are better off if we work together to make the label system work. By standing up and supporting each other, we stand up and support ourselves. Solidarity works.By using the labels, we protect existing union jobs, secure more work, and protect union wages. And when more sheet metal workers paricipate in the union’s health care plan and pension fund, those benefits are better for everyone.

For individual sheet metal workers, it means more work, better pay, and healthier benefits. The job you save may be your own. And the more union members participating in the health care and pension systems, the better those benefits will be for each union member.

Please click on the following link to lear more about the SMART Union Label app


2017 South Central Federation of Labor Scholarship


If you live or work in Dane, Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, Richland, or Sauk Counties you can apply for the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) Scholarship. Application deadline is June 30, 2017. Click HERE for an application and list of rules. You can also fill out the application online at If you have questions, go to the SCFL website at



2017 SMART Local 565 Scholarships

Scholarships are due by February 13, 2017

The 2017 Scholarship Applications are ready! Please click below for the necessary forms and information to apply for the scholarships:


Application Form 

We are unable to allow scholarships to be submitted online at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding. There are also paper copies of the application at the Local 565 office.

If you have any questions about the scholarships, call the office at 608-257-5757 and ask for Sarah.

2017 SMART (International Association) Scholarships

If you are interested in applying for scholarships from our International Association, click HERE for an application request form. There are also request forms at the Local 565 office. You can request an application until February 15, 2017. Applications are due by March 1, 2017. For more information, go to


2016-2017 Labor History Essay Contest

If you are a High School student and are interested in winning up to $500, click HERE for more information. Essays must be postmarked by February 15, 2017 or before.


 2017 Union Plus Scholarship

If you participate in the Union Plus program, your dependent can apply for this scholarship. The application deadline is January 31, 2017 and you can only apply online. For the application and more information, go to




The winners of the September 2016 Member to Member Fundraiser Raffle are as follows:


       Mike Jelinek (Greenheck Fan member) won $800

       Terry Vogt (Sub Zero Freezer) won $600

       Travis Dzwonkowski (Greenheck Fan member) won $400

       Lucas Michlig (Greenheck Fan member) won $200

       Tim Lemke (Greenheck Fan member) won $100

       Susan Buttke won $100


In addition, due to a generous donation by member, three more people were able to win prizes. Those winners are as follows:


       Kevin Maguire (Greenheck Fan member) won $100

       Chuck Helms (Greenheck Fan member) won $100

       Camie Jorgensen won $100


Congratulations to all the winners!


Last but not least, a huge THANK YOU to the Stewards and Committee People who sold tickets and especially to all of those who bought tickets. The Member to Member Fund wouldn’t be able to do what it does without you!


Discount on Union made boots: Go to to get a 27% discount on American made, union made work boots. Use discount code SM0565MD. Thorogood work boots are made in Central Wisconsin by UFCW Locals 688 and 717.


Member to Member Program

If you know of a member in need that could use financial help, click on the link below for the form to nominate someone. Just print out the form, complete, and turn in to your Steward or Committeeperson.

Member to Member Form 


A Letter from the Business Manager

(March 2012)

Brothers and Sisters,

As we move from the sluggish winter months into our busier summer months we may again be fortunate to train and work with summer students again. I say fortunate because we truly have a chance to instill the union principles and ideals we each carry with us. This is our time to shine, to set the example these young adults will remember for the rest of their lives. They will remember your attitude, work ethic, and your words.

As supervisors tell them everything that the company has generously given us, we need to let them know what a hard fought battle it was for every benefit we have. They need to know the union and the company is a partnership, and that neither side bullies the other.

Remember to tell them that your voice as a worker is heard because of the union, injustices can be argued without the threat of retaliation. Your disciplinary policy has steps because the union negotiated it. In a non-union job (at will) the company has the unilateral choice to decide the severity and the appropriate disciplinary action. Everything in your contract book was negotiated; there was compromise on both sides.

These young adults will leave remembering the way not only they were treated but how they saw others being treated. We must show them what solidarity means, not just tell them. Working together, watching each other's back, and lending a hand to a struggling Brother or Sister. We need to focus more on the Us and less on the Me. Our power does not come from money, it comes from our numbers, it comes from our skill and ability, from our pride, and from one another.

Nothing should give us more pleasure then knowing that as these people leave their summer jobs and take fulltime employment elsewhere they will remember us. They will speak of the all for one attitude, and they will know there is strength in numbers. They will say, "Hell yes I worked in a union, best people to work with, they really care about each other."

Let this be the summer of instruction and learning, and let it be the time to remember all those who have gone before us, who sacrificed so we may enjoy the fruits of our labor. Let this be a summer of solidarity.

In Solidarity,

Ray Ficken Business Manager



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The United Way of Dane County offers many services to assist those who are going through difficulties due to the poor economy. Please click HERE for a link to the different services they provide.

Click HERE for a handout that offers tips on looking for a new job.

Click HERE for a handout that offers tips on dealing with personal finances.