Wages & Benefits
SMART Local 33 is looking for skilled and experienced sheet metal industry workers as well as people with no experience. SMART Local 33 has partner contractors who work in all aspects of the sheet metal industry: residential HVAC installation and service, commercial HVAC installation and service, metal roofing, MCM panel fabrication and installation, industrial shutdowns, etc. If you have experience in the industry, we likely have a contractor that needs your skills. If you feel that your skills and experience mean that you do not need to be in a formal training program, or that you could use some training, but only in particular areas, our sheet metal industry apprenticeship programs may not be for you. If this is you, SMART Local 33 still want you on our team.
Below you will find information about the wages and fringe benefits that members of SMART Local 33 earn from working for our partner contractors. SMART Local 33 members earn the best wages and benefits in the industry.
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WagesThe wages our members earn while working for our partner contractors varies depending on which of the nine districts our members work in and their skill classification. We negotiate the best total compensation package we can for our members. However, the negotiated wage is only a minimum wage our contractors are required to pay. For instance, if the negotiated wage is $25.00 per hour, there is nothing that stops a contractor from paying one of our members $30.00 per hour. Click on the map below in the area where you live to see the wage rates in your area for our more common skill classifications. If you do not see the skill classification that you are interested in, please contact us to get more information.
Health CareSMART Local 33 members earn the best health care in the area. All of our health care plans are low-deductible, FAMILY plans. Our members do not have to pay out of pocket for these plans as long as they are working. What does this mean for you? Some non-union companies shift the cost of the health care plan to their employees. If you are making $20.00 per hour, and your employer makes you pay $300.00 per month to cover your family, you are essentially making $18.13 per hour. This does not happen to members of SMART Local 33. Local 33 members do not bring home less money to cover themselves or their families. Additionally, the plans offered by many non-union companies are high-deductible plans. If you are paying the first $3,000.00 out of pocket, this makes having health care a benefit that is of little actual value. Most of the SMART Local 33 health care plans either come with vision and dental insurance, or is available for a small additional fee to the members.
RetirementMost SMART Local 33 skill classifications come with at least one retirement plan from the first hour work. Many of skill classifications have three separate retirement plans—again, starting the first hour of work. We offer two types of retirement plans:
- Pension Plans—these plans have a guarantee pay out every month of your life after you retire. Many districts in SMART Local 33 participate in the SMART International National Pension Fund, and have a Local Pension Fund as well.
- Annuity Plan— This plan is similar to a 401(k) that most non-union workers are familiar with. These do not offer a guarantee pay out every month. When the member retires, the member is able to spend the money as they see fit. Unlike the typical non-union 401(k), our partner contractors do not match 50% of the member’s contribution, up to a maximum of 3% or 6%. Money goes into these plans for every hour a member works.