Joseph J. Nigro was elected General President of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association by the union’s General Executive Council effective July 1, 2011. He had been General Secretary Treasurer since 2006 and Assistant to the General President prior to that since September 1999.
Joe Nigro stays actively involved in labor-management relations at the national level including the National Joint Adjustment Board, a trustee to the International Training Institute (ITI), National Joint Apprentice Training Committee, SMWIA/SMACNA Joint Executive Committee as well as a member of the Labor Committee to modify the Standard Form of Union Agreement. Joe is a major contributor in planning both of the Labor-Management Partnership Conferences and has participated in the Mutual Gains Bargaining training program. He is also on the Executive Board of the Union Label & Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO.
Joe served his apprenticeship as a Sheet Metal Worker from 1969 until 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts at Sheet Metal Workers Local 17. Following his election as Trustee of his local in June 1976 he was next elected Vice President in 1982, President in 1985, and Business Agent in 1988 and again in 1991. He won the election of Business Manager in 1994 and was re-elected in June 1997. Joe also served as Vice President of the Massachusetts State AFL-CIO.