Kline Releases Discussion Draft to Modernize Multiemployer Pensions
WASHINGTON, D.C. | September 9, 2016 - Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, today unveiled a discussion draft of a proposal to modernize the nation’s multiemployer pension system. Part of the committee’s ongoing efforts to strengthen retirement security, the proposal follows years of bipartisan work led by a coalition of business and labor leaders and would provide workers a new option to save for retirement by authorizing an innovative multiemployer plan structure known as “composite plans.”
Best Practices Partnership Conference Survey
The SMACNA/SMART Best Practices Task Force is actively planning the 2018 Partners in Progress (PINP) Conference theme, breakout sessions, and overall content. To ensure the conference delivers value to you and your members, we are requesting that you complete a short survey to help the Best Practices Task Force plan for a memorable and impactful conference.
September 2016 SMACNews
Safety survey results show lowest incidence rate ever! New manual—Best practices for a residential-light commercial retrofit department. Hit a grand slam with SMACNA’s 2017 educational programs. Read President Gast’s message to our labor partners.
August 2016 SMACNews
Inside this issue: Meet SMACNA’s New Vice President. Board approves exciting new projects. SMACNA’s new change order tools improve your productivity. College of Fellows awards scholarships. SMART’s MAP program supports workers. Leverage technology to increase your efficiency.
Board elects Executive Committee and new Vice President
At the SMACNA Board of Directors meeting in July, the following officers were elected to terms beginning Oct. 19, 2016: President Joseph R. Lansdell, president of Poynter Sheet Metal Inc., Greenwood, Ind.; President-Elect Jack Knox, president of R.F. Knox Company Inc., Smyrna, Ga.; Secretary/Treasurer Nathan Dills, president of ACP Sheet Metal Co. Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Vice President Angela Simon, president of Western Allied Mechanical, Menlo Park, Calif.; and Immediate Past President Guy Gast, president of The Waldinger Corp., Des Moines, Iowa.
Meets with: State Sen. Jack Martins of New York
Members of SMACNA’s Long Island Chapter recently had a breakfast meeting with New York State Sen. Jack Martins (R-7th Senate District). As the owner of a union construction firm himself, he impressed the chapter members with his understanding of the issues and challenges facing union construction firms.