Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Advocacy

SMACNA advocates tirelessly on behalf of its signatory sheet metal and air conditioning contractors.  Learn about the policies and issues that impact our members, and how you can get involved.

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SMACNA Advocates for the Industry

SMACNA takes a strong leadership role on Capitol Hill. The association provides the resources needed to stay on top of industry issues in the nation’s capital. This includes a legislative office just two blocks from the U.S. Senate. 

SMACNA leaders and members know that Congress must balance many competing interests.  The Capitol Hill Office works to shape federal policy that benefits SMACNA and its members, ensuring industry issues and potential impacts are understood when policy solutions are negotiated.  


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August 7, 2019

Submit Your DOL Letter Today - IRAP Comment Period Ends on August 23

The DOL released a proposed rule that threatens the project bidding status and the reputation of skilled apprenticeship programs by establishing an alternative: the industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAP).

August 7, 2019

PBGC Set to Run Out of Money by 2025 Without Changes

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently reported that the Multiemployer Insurance Program will run out of money by the end of fiscal year 2025.

July 25, 2019

House Passes Pension Rescue Bill

On July 24, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 397, which would establish a government funded Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund for failing multiemployer pension plans.

July 25, 2019

Rep. LaHood Meets with SMACNA Members at Wrigley Field PAC Event

On Saturday July 20, Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL 18) met with SMACNA members in Chicago, IL. This official PAC event was held at historic Wrigley Field.

July 24, 2019

House Expected to Pass Pension Rescue Bill: What That Means for Composite Plans

Both Committees have passed H.R. 397, which would establish a government funded Pension Rehabilitation Trust Fund for failing multiemployer pension plans. The bill is now ready for House Floor action.

July 3, 2019

ALERT: DOL Issues Proposed Rule Establishing Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

SMACNA issued a call to action on July 2, 2019 for members to share their comments with the Department of Labor during the 60-day comment period.

June 27, 2019

SMACNA Launches Redesigned Advocacy Website

The Advocacy pages are now updated to make it easier for members and visitors to learn more about the issues important to them.

June 25, 2019

SMACNA Southern California Members Meet with Rep. Correa

Members of the SMACNA Southern California chapter discussed composite pension plans, change order legislation and health care issues with Rep. Lou Correa (D-4th-California).

June 25, 2019

SMCA of Philadelphia Contractors Discuss Retrofits with Rep. Evans

Members of the SMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity chapter discussed industry issues with Rep. Dwight Evans (D-3rd-Pennsylvania) during a birthday fundraiser in May.