Benefits Funds

Southern Benefit - (Pension Also Health & Welfare)
P.O. Box 1449   Goodlettsville, TN 37070-1449
Phone:  (615) 859-0131

Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield (Administered by Southern Benefit)- (Claims)
P.O. Box 18223   Chattanooga, TN 37422-7223
Phone:  1-800-831-4914

Members of Ironworkers Local 597 receive a respectable fringe benefit package along with their membership to Local 597.  On behalf of the member, our Contractors pay all fringe benefits at no additional cost to the Member. The benefits are as follows:

The following is ADDITION to the hourly wages that you will earn.
Health & Welfare (Insurance):      

Southeastern Ironworkers Health Care Plan, $5.75/hour
Apprenticeship, $0.98/hour  
IMPACT, $0.17/hour
Pension, $4.75/hour

1st & 2nd Year Apprentices only pay $0.25/hour into the Pension, while 3rd & 4th Year Apprentices pay $0.50/hour into the Pension.

Apprentice wages are based off of a percentage of the Industrial Wage rate.  They are as follows:
Pre-Apprentice:  50% (No Fringes)

1st Year
Period 1:  52.5%
Period 2:  55%

2nd Year
Period 3:  65%
Period 4:  70%

3rd Year
Period 5:  80%
Period 6:  85%

4th Year
Period 7:  90%
Period 8:  95%