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Your Rights Under ERISA

As a Participant in the Sprinkler Industry Supplemental Pension Fund, you are entitled to certain rights and protections under ERISA. ERISA provides that all Participants shall be entitled to:

Receive Information About Your Plan and Benefits

You may examine, without charge, at the Trust Fund Office and at other specified locations, such as worksites and union halls, all Plan documents, including Collective Bargaining Agreements and a copy of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series) filed by the Plan with the U.S. Department of Labor and available at the Public Disclosure Room of the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration. You may make arrangements to see the documents by calling or writing the Contract Administrator at the Fund Office.

You have the right to obtain copies of all Plan documents and other Plan information upon written request. The Trust Fund Office may make a reasonable charge for the copies.

You may also receive a summary of the Plan's annual financial report. The Fund Administrator, by law, has to give you a copy of this summary report every year.

Prudent Actions by Plan Fiduciaries

In addition to creating rights for Plan Participants, ERISA imposes duties upon the people who are responsible for the operation of the Health Plan. The people who operate your Plan, called "fiduciaries" of the Plan, have a duty to do so prudently and in the interest of you and other Plan Participants and beneficiaries. No one, including your Employer, your Union, or any other person, may fire you or otherwise discriminate against you in any way to prevent you from obtaining a health benefit or exercising your rights under ERISA.

Enforce your Rights

If your claim for a health benefit is denied, in whole or in part, you must receive a written explanation of the reason for the denial. You have the right to have the Plan review and reconsider your claim. Under ERISA, there are steps you can take to enforce the above rights. For instance, if you request materials from the Plan and do not receive them within 30 days, you may file suit in a Federal Court. In such a case, the court may require the Plan Administrator to provide the materials and impose a fine on the Administrator until you receive the materials, unless the materials were not sent because of reasons beyond the control of the Administrator.

If you have a claim for benefits, which is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you may file suit in a State or Federal Court. If it should happen that Plan fiduciaries misuse the Plan's money, or if you are discriminated against for asserting your rights, you may seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor, or you may file suit in Federal Court. The Court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees. If you are successful, the Court may order the person you have sued to pay these costs and fees. If you lose, the Court may order you to pay these costs and fees, for example, if it finds your claim frivolous.

Assistance with Questions

If you have any questions about your Plan, you should contact the Plan Administrator. If you have any questions about this statement or about your rights under ERISA, you should contact the nearest Office of Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, listed in your telephone directory or the Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210. You may also obtain certain publications about your rights and responsibilities under ERISA by calling the publications hotline of the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration.