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Brief History of Local No. 12
Sheet Metal Workers
from the Iron City Trades Journal

"The Tinners of Pittsburg, Allegheny and vicinity were organized in 1880, known as Local Assembly 1525.  K. of L., which continued successfully for a number of years.  The advantages and benefits derived there from were firmly established and appreciated by the tinners of this locality, never to be forgotten.  However, it matters not how bright their prospects were, cloudy days and "troublous times" overtook them and the Assembly thus formed lapsed.  A few weeks after this was organized Tinners' Local Union No. 1, having its meeting place in Allegheny and with one year passing by, found it amount the things "that were".

Following this a further effort was made by those veterans who still had faith in organization, and the "Tinners' Union of Pittsburg" was organized, which was joined to the International Tin and Sheet Iron Workers Association, being known as No. 12.  Success followed this change for it proved to be a material benefit to them.

The Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers of Pittsburg take pride in saying that united effort has placed them at the head in regard to having their territory well organized with a membership of over five hundred comprising practically all who work at the trade, and a thorough system in management of their affairs together with a staff of efficient officers, including an able business agent, who has served them well and faithfully.  They can truthfully say: We are here to stay.

Their relations with the Sheet Metal Workers of the country comprising the International Alliance have always been most pleasant and cordial and left nothing to be wished for.  On three different occasions this local has been honored by a call to one of its members to an International office.  Twice it has furnished the General Secretary and in 1905 at the Washington convention M. O'Sullivan, another of its members was elected to the Presidency and is still serving the Alliance in that capacity, having since been twice re-elected.

The local has a membership of 350 in good standing.  It pays a death benefit of $250 and in addition to this the International Alliance pays $100.  No. 12 also enjoys the distinction of being the largest stockholder in the Union Labor Temple Company and takes an active interest in its affairs.  Elaborate arrangements are planned for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the formation of the union to take place in October.  The local has been particularly fortunate in the selection of its officers and the present staff measures well up to the standard established.  In President Auer the local has an able and most efficient presiding officer and the same applies to his entire cabinet.  Business Agent N.S. Glass needs no introduction.  His work in the past will stand as an indestructible monument to the wisdom and good judgment of the local."

Source:  Article from Iron City Trades Journal