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Why Membership

Everyone who works hard to make an honest living deserves respect from their employer, both on and off the job. That means being guaranteed safe, suitable working conditions, fair treatment and the family-sustaining wages and benefits necessary to survive as the cost of living continues to rise.

As a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, these basic human needs, which for too many are only a dream, are guaranteed to you through a collective bargaining agreement. You do have the right to stand with your fellow workers and hold your employer to a higher standard, without fear of repercussion.

Funds Office

We’re here to assist you in making the best use of your various benefits.
The daily operation of the Funds is maintained by the Funds Administrator and staff located at the Fund Office.

General Information

The Funds Office should be aware of all your pertinent information including your current address, contact information, marital status and dependents.

Keep your benefit beneficiary designations up-to-date.

All claim forms must be completed and submitted in a timely manner. Due to space and time limitations, incomplete or incorrect forms will be returned and/or denied, and must be resubmitted once completed. Forms received after cut-off will be included in the batch for the following cycle.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Funds Office
1157 Adams Street, 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02124
Tel: (617) 426-5646
Fax: (617) 482-1207

 

Dues

(Office hours, online payment, or phone payment)

SMW Local 17 members pay annual dues to the strength and longevity of the Union. These funds are used for membership events, staff pay, outreach and more.

Dues Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
First Tuesday of every month open until 5:30 PM

You can also pay your dues online or by phone!
You will need your I.A. Member Number to process all online or phone payments

All online and phone payments take 24 hours to process. Therefore, Local 17 will not receive your payment until the day after your payment is made. Please remember this when it is the last day of the month and you are trying to prevent a suspension

Payment by Phone
  1. (888) 272-9829
  2. Select option 3
  3. Enter your Jurisdiction Code: 3137
  4. Select option 1 for Union Dues payment
  5. Enter your IA Member Number (this will be on your pink receipt) and then press #
  6. Enter your telephone number
  7. Enter payment information
  8. Write down your confirmation number – this confirms that your payment was processed
Payment Online
  1. Visit https://www.officialpayments.com
  2. Click on “Local Payments”
  3. Enter Jurisdiction Code: 3137
  4. Click on “Make Payment”
  5. Click the “Payment Type” arrow & select “Union Dues.” Then click on “Make Payment”
  6. Input your payment information, then click “Continue,” and follow prompts
  7. Write down your confirmation number. This confirms that your payment was processed

Benefits

As a worker, you have a right to quality healthcare, retirement benefits and more. We continually evaluate the benefits we offer and look for opportunities to enhance those benefits while maintaining financially sound programs. Your Board of Trustees continually evaluates the benefits we offer and looks for opportunities to enhance those benefits while maintaining a financially sound Insurance Fund. We depend on you as a member of the Fund, and you should depend on us to provide benefits that meet your needs and are easy to use.

Your benefits plan includes:

Comprehensive medical care, including hospitalization and surgery, mental health and substance abuse treatment provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts;

Prescription drug coverage through EnvisionRxOptions;

Dental care, provided through Delta Dental;

Vision care, provided through Davis Vision;

Weekly accident and sickness benefits, provided through the Funds office; and

Life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance.

Training & Regulation

Union work is mandated on the majority of public projects because people understand that unions set the standard for safety in the industry.
We give our members the best training to make sure that they stay safe on the job and that the final product meets community standards.

New industry technology, training and regulations are constantly emerging, and SMW Local 17 is committed to keeping you informed and up to date with certifications, so that you have direct access to the region’s building boom.

For the latest apprenticeship and continuing ed opportunities, visit www.lu17jatc.org

 

Drug Testing

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 is committed to delivering the safest, best-trained professionals to any job site, and part of that promise means ensuring that our workforce is drug-free.

You can complete your drug testing at the start of any union meeting (1st Tuesday of each month), or at the Modern Assistance office in Quincy at the following times. Appointments can also be made outside these allotted times if needed.

Union Meeting Drug Testing
From  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the basement level of the Union Hall, located at: 
1157 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA

Walk-in Drug Testing Hours
Modern Assistance Office
1400 Hancock St, 2nd Floor
Quincy, MA 02169

Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Retirees’ Club

All retired SMW Local 17 members are invited to join our Retirees Club to stay in touch with your union Brothers and Sisters, and to keep up to date about retiree events, benefits and more.

2nd Tuesday of every month
10:00 a.m. at the JATC Center
1181 Adams Street
Dorchester, MA

If you have questions or would like to attend, please contact James Cortese at jdcortese@verizon.net.

In Memoriam

Find obituaries and ceremony details distributed by families of recently passed brother and sisters.

2019
NAME OF DECEASED AGE DATE OF DEATH
Peter Belmonte 80 11/4/19
Eugene A. Camptatelli 83 10/22/19
Brian P. Costello 72 10/16/19
James A. Painten 103 9/28/19
Samuel P. Volpe 96 9/27/19
Michael P. Walsh 8/27/19
Scott Nilsson 67 8/20/19
Edward M. Mack 70 8/18/19
Frank E. Garland 83 7/6/19
Ronald E. Morrissey 84 7/1/19
Brian D. Daigle 41 6/26/19
Norman J. Gregoire 72 6/20/19
William Henkel 6/10/19
Michael R. Nelson 27 5/18/19
Joseph Andrew O’Brien 86 5/11/19
Gary Jarvis 79 4/30/19
Edward J. Hammond 84 4/24/19
George C. Deveau 74 4/12/19
Kenneth Henry Christiansen 79 3/11/19
Renaldo “Ren” Mauritson 88 2/27/19
Glenn A. Fernandez 40 1/30/19
Robert F. Boucher, Sr 79 1/28/19
George Moore 84 1/18/19
Paul Kavanagh 78 1/17/19
2018
NAME OF DECEASED AGE DATE OF DEATH
Thomas Mullane 80 12/31/18
Alfred Johnson 79 12/27/18
Joesph A Baer 89 12/9/18
Leonard Maclellan 75 12/4/18
Howard Silva 72 11/17/18
Richard Bickford 76 11/9/18
Robert C Roach 83 11/6/18
Lawrence Abruzzese 80 11/5/18
Kevin Long 37 10/27/18
Joseph J Nigro 68 10/24/18
Robert Keane 83 10/13/18
Eugene Brown 86 10/9/18
Maurice Michaud 86 10/2/18
Arthur Jacobson 73 10/1/18
James Glover 58 9/25/18
Daniel Daly 78 9/9/18
Lawrence Mccauley 62 9/6/18
Anthony Martin 76 9/2/18
Arnold Wilson 87 8/25/18
Frederick J Benoit 65 8/25/18
Donald Roche 62 8/25/18
Pierre Michaud 79 7/22/18
David Geever 75 7/7/18
Gregory Shea 70 6/7/18
Charles Boyd 73 5/30/18
Henry Kosior 78 5/22/18
Paul F Briggette 84 5/10/18
Andrew Williams 83 5/8/18
John Leavit, Jr 94 4/30/18
James Harwood 96 4/20/18
Charles Geary 54 4/13/18
Bernard Nee 79 2/7/18
Lucien Dlugosinski 94 1/20/18
Nelson Kessler 85 1/12/18
Frank Mancusi 98 1/8/18

 

2017
NAME OF DECEASED AGE DATE OF DEATH
Ernest A Pinciaro 74 12/29/17
Robert F. Phalen 84 12/16/17
Albert J Oliverio 94 12/7/17
Richard G Chabot 74 10/31/17
Stephen A. Schiano 68 10/19/17
Anthony L Peters 75 10/14/17
Roy L Slocum 79 10/7/17
Michael W Teed 39 10/1/17
Henry M Sacco 76 10/1/17
Douglas E Clarke 63 9/30/17
James McPhee 66 9/30/17
Barry Wong 91 9/11/17
John Belbin 76 8/13/17
Peter Cabot Neily 80 7/24/17
Robert C Bruen 72 7/12/17
James P Freitas, II 40 6/29/17
Nicole F Linscott 39 6/22/17
David McHugh 77 5/19/17
Joseph M Serafini 67 6/11/17
William Turner 93 6/7/17
Lloyd Light 78 5/9/17
Richard Flaherty, Sr 72 5/6/17
Harvey D Morris 87 2/24/17
Frank Rogers 80 4/30/17
Antonio “Tony” Buttaro 91 4/24/17
William M Nickerson 88 4/21/17
James Trubiano 57 4/10/17
Alfred N Sanborn 94 3/6/17
Harvey D Morris 87 2/24/17
Charles A Balzarini 93 2/21/17
George LaMonica 84 2/11/17
Teeli Virta 94 2/3/17
Ernest V Jean 72 1/22/17
Warren Boisvert 93 1/6/17
Laurence Wright 73 1/5/17

Scholarship Information

  • All applicants must be a child, grandchild or spouse of an active or retired Local 17 member in good standing.
  • Children or grandchildren of deceased Local 17 members are also eligible.
  • Suspended, forfeited or withdrawal card members are not eligible to apply.
  • Only one (1) entry form per applicant will be accepted. All applicants must be accepted into an accredited college at the time the award is issued.
  • Please note: All current and previous 4-year scholarship award winners are not eligible to apply for a scholarship until their 4-year scholarship award is fully disbursed. 

2020 Local 17 Scholarships

Labor History Exam — Sponsored by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ONLY
  1. High School Seniors interested in taking the Labor History exam must register online at https://www.massaflcio.org/scholarships.
  2. Online registrations will be accepted through Friday December 20, 2019. Once the student’s application has been submitted to the Mass AFL-CIO, it is the student’s responsibility to notify their guidance office that they plan on taking the Labor History exam on Monday February 10, 2020. This is very important, especially for high schools that are out of the state of Massachusetts. All schools will receive a letter after the winter break with a list of registered students from their respective school.
  3. December 1, 2019, the study guide and the new interactive study website will be available at https://www.massaflcio.org/scholarships.
  4. The completed bottom half of this letter STILL NEEDS to be emailed to dholmes@smw17boston.org or mailed to Sheet Metal Workers’ LU #17 1157 Adams St 2nd Floor Dorchester, MA 02124 Attn: Debbie Holmes, to be registered for the Local 17 Scholarship Lottery drawing.

The last day to apply online for the Labor History Exam will be Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5pm.
The last day to apply for the Local 17 Lottery Scholarship is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

College Students or High School Seniors not taking THE Labor History Exam

Return the completed bottom half of the below letter to: dholmes@smw17boston.org or mail to Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union #17
1157 Adams St 2nd Floor Dorchester, MA 02124 Attn: Debbie Holmes no later than Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

The last day to apply for the Local 17 Lottery Scholarship is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

APPLICATION FOR BOTH LABOR HISTORY AND LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIPS

Additional Scholarships

The scholarship programs listed below are not affiliated in any way with the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Lottery Scholarship or the Mass AFL-CIO Labor History Exam. For more information on these scholarships, please contact the scholarship programs directly.

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association College of Fellows (SMACNA)

  1. The SMACNA College of Fellows Scholarship program is open to eligible students from the SMACNA extended family, seeking to further their undergraduate education by attending an accredited four-year college or university. Eligibility extends to SMACNA’s extended family, which includes SMACNA contractors, employees of SMACNA contractors, SMACNA Fellows, employees of local SMACNA Chapters, employees of National SMACNA, SMACNA National Associate Members and members of the families of any of these groups. The applicant may pursue any course of study, however it is hoped that a career in a field related to the sheet metal industry will be considered.
  2. College of Fellows Scholarships will be in the amount of $4,000 per academic year not to exceed $16,000 for four years of undergraduate study. The SMACNA scholarship is also offered at $2,000 per year not to exceed $8,000 for four years of undergraduate study.
  3. Applications are available at https://www.smacna.org/about-us/college-of-fellows-scholarship.
  4. Applications for scholarships must be postmarked by February 28.

SMART-UNION Two Scholarship Programs (formerly S.M.W.I.A.)

  1. Scholarship Fund awards 34 scholarships in the amount of $6,000 per year for up to four years for full-time undergraduate study at an accredited college or university.
  2. Scholarship Foundation awards (20) $4,000 one-year scholarships and (1) $5,000 one-year Joseph J. Nigro and (1) $5,000.00 on-year Joey Nigro Jr. Scholarship for undergraduate study.
  3. Applicants must be an active member of a SMART or SMWIA local union, a covered employee or a dependent spouse or a child under the age of 25 of a SMART/SMWIA member or covered employee.
  4. The applicant must be a fulltime student or have been accepted to be a fulltime student at an accredited college or university. 
  5. Our 2020 contest will be open between 9/1/2019 and 2/15/2020. Download the fillable Request for Application Form at https://smart-union.org/sheet-metal-scholarship-fund.

Union Plus Scholarship Program

  1. Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2020. Students may re-apply each year.
  2. Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). Note, grandchildren are not eligible unless the grandchild is a legal dependent (as defined by IRS regulations) of the union member. At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one-year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2020.
  3. The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college or university, community college or technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2020 — 2021 school year. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  4. Your application must be complete and received by 12 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, January 31, 2020. Applications are available at https://unionplus.org/college-education-financing/union-plus-scholarship. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17

1157 Adams Street

Dorchester, MA 02124

(617) 296-1680