The November-December issue includes an interview with Beth Szillagyi, a sheet metal worker from Springfield, Ill., who has chronicled her experiences as a woman in a very male-dominated industry. 

Among the many trade magazines and association publications that fill my mailbox each month is the Journal, the bimonthly magazine of the Sheet Metal Workers union.

It’s always a good place to find out what’s up with the union, their take on political issues or find out about a project that might make a good article or news item in Snips.

I don’t consider the magazine “competition” for Snips at all, but as a former newspaper reporter, it’s always good when you see a story on a subject that you have already covered.

The November-December 2009 Journal issue includes an interview with Beth Szillagyi, a sheet metal worker from Springfield, Ill., who has chronicled her experiences as a woman in a very male-dominated industry in two magazines - including Cosmopolitan (which makes me jealous) - and Hey, Lady! Your Tin Snips are Showing!, a fictionalized account of her days as a young female tin knocker in the late 1970s.

If you’re a longtime Snips reader, you may remember that we have featured Szillagyi twice. Once was in August 2002 in a story I wrote about her then-new novel. The other was in June 2007 as part of a story on a union-funded study about why women are chronically underrepresented in construction in general and sheet metal work in particular.

The issues discussed in the two Snips articles and the Journal stories are similar and still timely. Of course, I prefer Snips’ versions - I wrote both of them - but the Sheet Metal Workers’ one isn’t bad, either. You can read it here .