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While many multi-employer pension plans -- like those associated with SMART -- have stabilized following the financial crisis, a minority of plans -- covering about one million total participants -- face serious funding problems and could run out of money within the next 15 to 20 years. Additionally, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) -- basically the safety valve for troubled plans -- expects its multi-employer insurance program to run out of money within a decade.

It's daunting stuff. It's something our SMART family made great sacrifices to resolve in our house years ago.

Recently, a Joint Select Committee of Congress was formed to find solutions to assist those troubled plans and to address the PBGC funding crisis.

A draft plan was circulated that punishes the multi-employer pension plans that took necessary steps years ago to address the long term solvency of benefits set aside for current and future members -- such as ours. Plan participants were asked to make great sacrifices for the sake of solvency. Those sacrifices will be ignored if this congressional committee moves forward with the current draft, as plans such as ours could be asked to underwrite the financial shortfalls of other plans.

The time has come to make sure Congress hears you loud and clear.  Click on the link below to begin.

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Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

Local #17 was formed in 1896 so that men and women working in the Sheet Metal Industry could bargain collectively for a good day's pay with benefits for a good day's work. Through the years our union has taken the lead in the Industry, negotiating contracts that have made our members the highest paid with the best benefit package of any Sheet Metal Worker organization in all of New England. Please feel free to look through our web site and you will see that we are committed to keeping our members and our contractors educated and informed about what is happening in the always - changing Industry of the Sheet Metal Workers.

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North American Wind Energy Copper Content Analysis

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This report analyzes copper’s growing use for renewable wind energy through 2027. Between 2018 and 2027, it’s estimated 48,721 MW worth of wind energy installations will be constructed with an estimated demand of 4.76 tons of copper per MW. 

THE PASSING OF GENERAL PRESIDENT EMERITUS JOSEPH NIGRO

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 24, 2018

The General President, General Secretary Treasurer, General Executive Council, Staff of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers and the members and officers of SMART affiliates across the U.S. and Canada mourn the death of our esteemed brother and a legendary crusader for working people everywhere, SMART General President Emeritus Joseph J. Nigro.

Joe was a proud member of Local Union 17 in Boston and served as General President from July 2011 until April 1, 2015. In a letter to the locals and membership upon his retirement, he stated, “I have committed my heart and mind to accomplishing the goals we have set, but my health has taken me in a direction I did not anticipate. Unfortunately, I have been unable to recover to a level I expect of myself as your General President—the level of effort the members deserve”. A fitting response from Joe, who always gave the membership 100% of what he believed they deserved.

Nigro was the first General President of SMART and the leader of our more than 200,000 members. At the first SMART Convention Joe, who was very proud of SMART leadership at all levels stated, “we have had some successes and have laid the groundwork for moving forward, I have every confidence we have collectively built a team of International and Local Union leaders who can get the job done for the membership.”

Joe Nigro’s vision, guidance, kindness and sense of humor will live on to inspire not only those whose lives he touched, but also future generations of members who will benefit from his leadership. We will forever miss his friendship and unwavering support.

He will always be remembered as the “Members General President”. A title he richly deserved and cherished.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Pat, Tina and the entire Nigro family on their irreplaceable loss.

As we receive more information in the next couple of days on his services we will pass them along to all.

 

 

Joseph Sellers, Jr. 
General President                                                             

Richard L. McClees
General Secretary-Treasurer

 

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