Message from the Business Manager

January 3, 2019

Brothers and Sisters,

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season! As we prepare for 2019 both professionally and personally, I wanted to share some items with you that affect both.

We have recently completed the process of changing our legal name from Sheet Metal Workers Local 265 to SMART Local 265. Most of our Trust Funds have also been converted to reflect our new name. The change in name requires us to do some housekeeping which I will discuss below.

The Supplement Retirement Savings Fund has hired John Hancock as our new record keeper. We have scheduled them to come out on the evenings of Tuesday January 29th and Thursday January 31st to explain the changes and the new platform. You will be receiving an invitation very soon to attend one of these informational meetings.

June 1, 2019 begins the last year of our current collective bargaining agreement with SMACNA Greater Chicago. We will have a special order of business at our May 14, 2019 membership meeting to vote on allocation of funds.

 

Union Dues Tax Deduction

As you may know, President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminated the itemized deduction for miscellaneous expenses beginning in 2018. This means that your union dues, as well as work clothes specific to your job, are no longer deductible. Mr. Trump’s Tax plan is in effect through 2025. We have begun getting calls requesting the total dues paid report for tax purposes that we traditionally provide. Since the Trump Tax cuts have removed the ability for union members to write off their union dues, we will no longer be providing these reports.

 

Authorization Cards

Since we have changed our legal name to SMART Local 265, we need to get new authorization cards completed and signed by all members. These two (2) separate cards serve a couple of purposes.

SMART LOCAL 265 AUTHORIZATION CARD FOR REPRESENTATION assigns us the authority to represent you for the purpose of collective bargaining in matters of wages, hours and other conditions of employment. This card is the fabric of being a member of our Union.

SMART LOCAL 265 ORGANIZING AND GENERAL ADMINISTRATION ACTIVITY DEDUCTION FOR CHECK-OFF AUTHORIZATION AND ASSIGNMENT card is required by the Department of Labor. This card allows your employer to deduct dues money from your check and remit it with the rest of your fringe benefits.

 

We will be mailing the new authorization cards out in the next few weeks. It is critical that we receive both completed cards back from all members as soon as possible.

 

Thank you all for the privilege to lead this great union.

 

Fraternally,

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John Daniel
Pres/Bus Manager
SMART Local 265