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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.

SMW 17 News

Emerging Motor Technologies

An overview of copper's role in helping three emerging motor technologies become more efficient. Industry experts, motor manufacturers and end users all contribute to provide the reader with factual information that should be of interest to those working with and purchasing motors.

Copper Use in Renewable Energy Expected to Increase Dramatically as U.S. Legislates Upgraded Energy Policies

In 2012 renewable energy accounted for over half the new capacity installed, according to President Obama’s climate change action plan. Due to copper’s inherent properties and its preferred use in renewable energy systems, this shift in the national agenda also presents a significant opportunity for growth for the copper industry. (May 2013 Issue of "Mining & Power" magazine)

Electric Motors

Electric motors are found everywhere in commercial facilities and industrial plants, where they power fans, pumps, compressors and exhausts as well as manufacturing and assembly equipment.

Copper Rotor Motor Featured in Energy Efficient Emerging Technologies Website

Washington State University's Extension Energy Program features the benefits of the copper rotor motor.

Motor Failure Policies and Purchasing Specifications

This three-part series focuses on reducing energy cost and downtime by instituting a motor management plan. Part II, addresses the general aspects of motor management plan, including the first steps of creating a motor inventory and guidelines for motor repair and replacement.