NJAB & Dispute Resolution


The National Joint Adjustment Board for the Sheet Metal Industry (NJAB) serves as an arbitration board to resolve grievance and contract renewal disputes after they have been processed through the local level.

The operation of the NJAB is to promote, improve and maintain peaceful labor-management relations by creating this medium for adjudication of locally deadlocked disputes and to discourage strikes, lockouts and work stoppages in the entire sheet metal industry. The board is comprised of labor and management panelists from the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) and SMACNA, respectively.

Questions regarding the NJAB should be directed to the NJAB administrator, Joye Blanscett.


2021 NJAB Dates and Information

June 23-24, 2021 – Portland, OR (CANCELED)

To safeguard the health and welfare of local parties, the NJAB panelists and staff, the co-chairs of the National Joint Adjustment Board for the Sheet Metal Industry (NJAB) have canceled the June 2021 hearings in Portland, Oregon. Cases scheduled to be heard by the Board in June, where possible, will instead be heard via subcommittee.   

The filing deadline for June submissions will continue to be June 2nd. Submissions received after that date will be docketed for the September 23 – 24, 2021 NJAB in Pittsburgh, PA.

September 23-24, 2021 – Pittsburgh, PA
Cut-off date for submissions is Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Submissions mailed between August 30 and September 1 must be sent via overnight mail service to the street address listed below.

NJAB Address:
P.O. Box 220956
Chantilly, VA  20153-0956

Street Address:
4201 Lafayette Center Drive
Chantilly, VA  20151-1219

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Everything You Need to Know Before an NJAB Appearance

Resources

The NJAB process is conducted using the procedures set forth in the Procedural Rules of the National Joint Adjustment Board for the Sheet Metal Industry. Parties wishing to appear before the NJAB should familiarize themselves with the Procedural Rules.

Procedural Rules

Use the forms below when preparing your submission. If you need assistance please call or email Jen Squirewell, (703) 995-4032.

Panel

Article X, Section 3 Grievance Request for Panel Hearing

NJAB

Article X, Section 4 Grievance Request for NJAB Hearing

NJAB Article X, Section 8 Submittal Forms

 

To assist in conducting grievance hearings at the Local Joint Adjustment Board (LJAB) level, SMACNA and SMART have prepared LJAB Guidelines. Included below are the Guidelines, Grievance Form, and past training materials. 

Should you have any questions, please call or email Joye Blanscett, (703) 803-2997.

LJAB Guidelines, Grievance Form, and Training Materials

Contractor’s signatory to more than one craft, may find themselves faced with a jurisdictional dispute between those trade unions. Contractors may choose to stipulate to the Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes. SMACNA has available the most recent information on the Plan and the form for stipulation.

Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes in the Construction Industry Including Procedural Rules and Regulations, Plan Summary and Explanation of Plan Amendments.

Summary of Revised Jurisdictional Plan

Stipulation Form

Decisions of the NJAB are mailed simultaneously to the local parties to the dispute after the NJAB hearings. Decisions are only posted here after confirmation of receipt by all parties. They are listed below by year and month the matter was heard by the NJAB.

NJAB Decisions