Below is a list of answers to frequently asked questions. Click on the question and you will be taken to the appropriate place on the page.
Help for Laid-Off Workers
Q: Does the Local bill me for union dues? How do I pay my union dues?
A: No. The Local does NOT bill you for union dues. It is the member’s responsibility to pay dues in a timely manner to avoid a suspension of membership, which will occur if a member falls six months in arrears on dues. You may pay your dues at the Union Hall Monday through Friday, from 7:00am-2:30pm, with cash, credit/debit card, personal check or money order. Dues payments are also accepted online (24/7 via our secure payment portal) and over the phone with a credit/debit card and by mail via check/money order. If you mail your payment with a check or money order, we strongly suggest you add your book number or the last four digits of your social security number. This is to ensure the payment is credited to the correct member. Please note that dues receipts are not sent via email or fax; they are only sent to members via USPS.
Q: How do I report an injury?
A: Contact the Union Hall regarding a work-related or personal injury at your earliest convenience. The office staff can assist you in determining whether you are entitled to certain benefits, some of which have time constraints.
Q: How do I change my address?
A: Contact the Union Hall and provide us with your new address. Upon your request, we will send you the Change of Address form that you should mail to the Trust Fund. In addition to making the changes at the Local and the Trust Fund, you must go in person to the Apprenticeship to change your address if you are an Apprentice.
Journeymen can sign their name to the Out-of-Work list anytime during business hours. The Journeyman should make a note of the four-digit number listed next to where his/her name is added. This number is known as a “tag number” which will be needed every Wednesday for Roll Call, where you must call in with the tag number, or be physically present, between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. or your tag will be removed and you’ll lose your place on the board.
Q: Do I list the Local as my employer if applying for unemployment?
A: No. If you are laid off or are attending school and have applied for unemployment, do not list the Local as your employer on any documents from the unemployment office. You are a member of Iron Workers Local 378. employed through our signatory contractors, therefore you should list your employer(s) when filing for unemployment.
Unemployment Insurance: For workers who lose a job through no fault of their own, unemployment insurance provides partial income to replace lost wages.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) administers this program. Once you submit a claim for unemployment insurance, EDD will determine the amount of your check and the length of time you’ll be eligible for benefits.
You should apply for unemployment insurance as soon as you lose your job. For complete information of unemployment insurance, please click here.
Health Insurance: If your medical benefits are close to running out, the Trust Fund will send you information regarding COBRA. However, we do not suggest waiting until you get this notice. Rather, we encourage you to call the Trust Fund and confirm how long you will have coverage.
Annuity: Many of our members are requesting an annuity termination. Please note that you must qualify to terminate or cash out your annuity.
One of the following requirements must be met:
– Service Pension
– Retirement at or after the age of 62
– Total Disability
– Termination of Employment – This means no contributions have been made to your account for six consecutive months
For more information about your annuity, please contact the Trust Fund office at 800.527.4613 or click here to download a copy of the Annuity Termination Package.
Q: What is an Honorary member?
A: An Honorary member is one who is permanently disabled or incapacitated and cannot work. Applicants for honorary membership must be in good standing and have five years of continuous membership at the time of the application and must be permanently disabled or incapacitated as a result of working in the trade. If you believe you qualify for this membership, please contact the Union Hall so that we may send you an application and explain the process further. Union dues for Honorary members cost a reduced rate of $8.40 each month.
Q: What is a Lifetime membership?
A: Lifetime members never have to pay union dues again. This membership must be applied for and is not automatically effective at the time of your retirement. Applicants for lifetime membership must be 65 years of age, have at least 25 years of continuous membership in the Union and must be in good standing or they qualify under the Disability requirement, where an applicant must have at least 20 years of continuous membership, be in good standing and must be permanently disabled or incapacitated as a result of working in the trade as documented by a physician’s statement, SS disability award or disability pension. If you believe you qualify for this membership, please contact the Union Hall so that we may send you an application and explain the process further.
Q: Can the Union Hall staff assist me with questions regarding benefits or pension?
A: The staff at the Union Hall has limited information regarding benefits as these records are not managed at the Trust Fund, but we gladly suggest you contact our office if you have any questions and we will forward you to our Trust Fund office for further clarification. For questions relating to your pension, we recommend you contact the Union Hall to set up an appointment with our Business Manager once you have began the application process for your pension.