About

Our Story

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 is a building trades union representing more than 2,700 skilled and licensed workers throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. We stand together as the most highly trained professionals in the industry, bringing the top safety standards and quality to any project. 

Local 17 was formed in 1896 so that men and women working in the sheet metal industry could bargain collectively for better work standards. Today, our members enjoy dignified contracts, industry-leading wages and healthcare, and a sound pension plan they can count on after retirement. 

SMW Local 17 cares about fighting for the quality of life of our members, guaranteeing the highest level of construction excellence available anywhere, and serving as a reliable partner to responsible contractors and our communities. 

Leadership & Staff

All of SMW Local 17’s officers are elected by the membership for the membership. Below is a list of the current standing leadership & staff.

BUSINESS MANAGER
ROBERT BUTLER

FINANCIAL SECRETARY-TREASURER

RUSSELL BARTASH

LABOR MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVES

EDWARD MARENBURG
DON NAZAROFF
JOHN CODY

PRESIDENT

JOHN CODY

VICE PRESIDENT

STEVE KOVATSI

RECORDING SECRETARY

JEFFREY FLAVIN

WARD – UNION MEETING

MATT DOYLE

TRUSTEES

SEAN LANGTON-HAYWARD
TOM MCKENNA
MIKE MOREIRA

EXECUTIVE BOARD

MARK CABRAL
PAUL CONNORS
RICK COUGHLIN
SEAN LECLAIRE
ROBERT MALONEY
MIKE MATHEWS
PAT MCCORMACK
THOMAS PATENAUDE III
JASON WRIGHT

OFFICE STAFF

AMY OKEEFE
DEBBIE HOLMES
SHELIA SHAW

CODE OF EXCELLENCE POLICY

Our members demonstrate on a continuing basis skills and professionalism that are the industry standard. While we have and continue to recognize the commitment of these individuals, our Code of Excellence Program is designed for SMWIA local unions to promote and establish a uniform best practices format that will instill a sense of pride in the union and bring out the best from all our members.

Careers

Are you looking for financial stability? What about industry-leading training, wages and benefits? Do you want security for your family and for your family’s future? It’s time to invest in yourself.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 is committed to providing our workers with not only a job but a career, and with state-of-the-art training and clear opportunities for growth. We believe that one job should be enough, and if you’re putting in a hard day’s work five days a week, you deserve the peace of mind that comes with a good paycheck, quality healthcare, and a growing retirement fund.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

1157 Adams Street,

Dorchester, MA 02124

(617) 296-1680

smw17boston@gmail.com