UANPF Plan Updates

The United Association National Pension Fund (UANPF) aims to keep our Participants, Local Unions and Employers informed of the latest news and updates related to the plan.

Below are several important updates you should be aware of:

Pension Fund Name Change

Updated on 07/01/2021

The Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund has officially changed it’s name to the United Association National Pension Fund or UANPF. In the same way that the UA and the industries it leads are constantly evolving and growing, the National Pension Fund Board of Trustees felt this was an important change to better reflect the diverse range of workers participating in the Fund today, and in the future.

You will see the new United Association National Pension Fund name throughout the newly launched website and on all of your communications moving forward from the Fund.

On-Line Pension Application and Payment Status Updates

Updated on 01/12/2021
We are excited to announce that our Participants and Beneficiaries now have the ability to check their application and payment status on the Fund’s website! Participants will need to register and set up an account to access this secured area of the website that maintains the confidentiality of their records. The new link can be found under the “Participants” section of the web-site.

IRS Form 1099-R Mailing

Updated on 01/27/2021

IRS Form 1099-R, which shows the distributions you received during the 2020 tax year from the National Pension Fund, will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2021, as required by the IRS.

If you do not receive your 1099-R Form by Feb. 15, 2021, please contact the Fund for a replacement copy. Please note, the Fund Office is not able to provide replacement 1099-R forms until after Feb. 15, 2021. However, you may use your secure log-in to our website to obtain copies of your 1099-R form and Instructions now.

Required Use of the PEERS Platform for All Contributing Employers

Updated on 01/12/2021

The Fund recently launched the Pension Electronic Employer Remittance System, better known as PEERS. As a secure, web-based electronic remittance system, PEERS will save contributing employers valuable time and expense when submitting their monthly remittances. In turn, it will allow the Fund to process contributions more efficiently and credit hours to Participants more promptly. This is one of many measures we are adopting to reduce administrative costs and increase the efficiency of Fund office operations.

We are onboarding employers to the PEERS system in stages, and as we continue that process, the use of PEERS will be mandated as the sole means of remitting employer contributions to the Fund. Employers are being sent invitation e-mails which require them to register with PEERS. Please click here for more information regarding the use of PEERS for all contribution Employers. Any employer that needs assistance with the transition to PEERS should contact the PEERS Helpdesk staff who are available from 7:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET, Monday thru Friday and can be reached by e-mail at PEERSHelpdesk@uanpf.com or by phone at 1-800-638-7442, ext. 3340.

Revised Standard Form of Participation Agreement ("SFPA")

Updated on 12/01/2020
The Fund has revised the Fund’s Standard Form of Participation Agreement (“Form”) for employers that contribute to the Fund on behalf of bargaining unit employees under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement. A copy of the revised Form is attached. Effective December 1, 2020, the Fund requires use of the revised Form when your local union signs employers to your local agreement. If your local union includes the text of the Form in your local agreement, please ensure that the revised language is included in your CBA when it is next negotiated. The revised Form requires (in paragraph 1(d)) that an Employer continue contributing on behalf of those “bargaining unit alumni” (non-bargaining unit employees who were previously covered by the Fund as members of the bargaining unit) whom the Employer continues to pay an hourly wage, and on whose behalf the Employer continues to make all other benefit contributions pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.” Under the revised Form, then, if the employer and the local funds find that a bargaining unit alumnus is a person for whom contributions should still be made, then the Fund will also treat contributions as required for that person. If such a person is a 10% or greater owner, however, or if the employer wants to contribute on behalf of other non-bargaining unit employees, a separate participation agreement will be required.

Participation Agreement for Non-Bargaining Unit Employees

Updated on 12/01/2020
The Fund also updated the Participation Agreement for Non-Bargaining Unit Employees of employers who contribute to the Fund pursuant to a Collective Bargaining Agreement. It merged the two prior agreements into one agreement that now gives employers the options to contribute on behalf of (1) all bargaining unit alumni, (2) all non-bargaining unit employees, or (3) all non-bargaining unit employees who work or previously worked at the trade but are not highly-compensated employees. It also makes clear that employers are not required to contribute on behalf of employees that work less than 870 hours per year.
If you are looking for specific forms or information that lives behind a secure portal, please select the correct page below to get specific, relevant information:

UANPF by the Numbers

$ 1
BILLION
In Assets
10
Employers

Contributing to the Fund

$ 100
MILLION

Benefits Paid Each Year

50
Participants

Active in the Fund