Safety on the job is our number one priority at Local 17.

So when Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby referenced a Pioneer Institute report calling licensing “burdensome” last week – and then questioned why sheet metal workers need training¬† – we knew we needed to push back.

Check out Business Manager Bob Butler’s Letter To The Editor in the Boston Globe.

Whether it’s sheet metal workers, day care providers or EMTs, licensure and regulations in dozens of industries improves efficiency, increases quality and makes the public healthier and safer.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the highest standards of training and safety in the industry.