Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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SMACNews—2015 Year in Review

SMACNA provides world-class services for our members, including exceptional educational programs, internationally respected technical manuals, leading labor relations services, new safety products for the workplace, compelling advocacy on Capitol Hill, and much more.
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Congress considers 2016: Can they keep the momentum going?

Congress is already signaling that the first half of 2016 will be another active period on important issues for SMACNA. 2016 is an election year and that means fewer days in session for the Congress than in any recent year.
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2016 SMACNA man-hours moving on up

In a year-end survey of SMACNA chapters, 47 percent predicted man-hours to increase, 16 percent said stable, and 37 percent anticipated they will decrease.
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DOE issues new efficiency standards for commercial AC and furnaces

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently unveiled new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. The new standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the department to date, according to DOE.
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Omnibus Appropriations Bill: Good news for construction spending

The fiscal year 2016 funding bill signed by President Obama at year-end adheres to all the terms set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, enacted on Nov. 2, 2015. The legislation provides a total of $1.149 trillion to funding the operations of the federal government.
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“Cadillac Tax” on health plans delayed

The budget and tax package passed by Congress on Dec. 18, 2015 includes a two-year delay of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) excise tax on high-value health plans (aka, “the Cadillac Tax”). The President is expected to sign the bill into law.
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President’s Column: Baby boomer exodus: Will you be ready?

Everyone has heard about it—the upcoming exodus of the baby boomers, and the woeful shortage of talent to fill in behind them. It’s a drumbeat that is deafening, so much so that it’s a wonder any of us will survive it!
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Meets with…Sen. Patty Murray of Washington

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) met with trustees and plan consultants of the Northwest Sheet Metal Workers Health Care Trust Fund at their recent trustee meeting. They discussed pension reform legislation and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on signatory contractors.
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New $2 trillion law includes SMACNA’s top tax priorities

On the final day before leaving on a long holiday vacation last year, the Congress passed and sent to the President a massive and long-awaited collection of tax incentives and spending initiatives.
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Council of Chapter Reps meeting highlights

SMACNA’s Council of Chapter Representatives recently discussed how the latest energy benchmarking trends can translate into more projects for contractors and how SMACNA’s new Change Orders Spreadsheet can streamline their work at their meeting in Monterey, Calif. in December.
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Meets with…U.S. House candidate Lou Correa of California

SMACNA member Mike Tardif of Tardif Sheet Metal, Santa Ana, Calif., and SMAC PAC support candidate Lou Correa in his run for California's open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, 46th District (Orange County, Calif.).
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Meets with…Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland

Members of SMACNA Mid-Atlantic and the Mechanical Contractors of Maryland met U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-7th-Md.) in December in Baltimore.
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