Impacted by the 2019 Federal Government shutdown? You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Furlough Grant Program

Impacted by the 2019 Federal Government shutdown? You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Furlough Grant Program

Special Update: If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been impacted by the 2019 Federal Government shutdown, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Furlough Grant Program.[1]

Union Plus Credit Card:

  • $300 Furlough Grant For eligible Union Plus Credit Cardholders[ii] who are furloughed or excepted due to the federal government shutdown.
    • Must be a Union Plus Credit Cardholder for at least 3 months and in good standing on the date the federal shutdown began.
    • Apply for a one-time grant at //unionplus.org/hardship.
  • Capital One’s customer assistance program offers a number of options that could help customers whose income is disrupted as a result of the federal government shutdown and can help provide personalized assistance to those in need. For help, cardholders should contact: 1-800-622-2580.

Union Plus Mortgage:

  • Mortgage Assistance Loan & $300 Grant: for eligible Union Plus mortgage holders who are out of work or asked to work without pay due to an involuntary furlough that lasts for at least 15 consecutive calendar days.
  • Must be a Union Plus Mortgage holder for at least 12 months and in good standing at time of the qualifying event.
  • Your income must be reduced by an amount equal to at least 50% of the monthly mortgage payment.
  • Interest-free loan to cover up to 6 months of mortgage payments and a $300 grant paid directly to the member
  • Apply for grant at unionplus.org/hardship
  • Wells Fargo is offering assistance on case-by-case basis: members may qualify for forbearance or other payment assistance programs based on their individual circumstances. For help, members should contact: 1-888-818-9147 Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central Time Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Credit Counseling:

  • Money Management International offers a FREE consumer credit counseling session, budget analysis, and money management advice to members. Call 1-877-833-1745
  • Webinar: When the Income Decreases but the Bills Don’t: Financial Help During and After Furlough

Union Plus Life and Accident Insurance:

  • Policyholders qualify for a payment grace period. Call 1-800-393-0864.

Union Plus Personal Loan:

  • First National Bank of Omaha is offering assistance on a case-by-case basis: members may qualify for fee waivers or other payment assistance programs based on their individual circumstances. For help, members should contact 1-888-283-5228 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time.

Union Plus Auto & Home Insurance

  • For those not receiving a paycheck from the federal government as a result of the current shutdown, MetLife Auto & Home may grant a one-time, 30-day grace period on your payment of premium on a MetLife Auto & Home policy. Members must request this one-time allowance by calling 1-800-GET-MET8.  Certain restrictions apply, and premium remains due after delay expires

Union Plus Life and Accident Insurance

  • The Hartford will offer qualified policyholders a payment grace period. For additional information, call 1-800-393-0864.

[1] Certain restrictions, limitations and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be obtained at https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/hardship-help-financial-assistance.

[ii] The Union Plus Credit Cards are issued by Capital One, N.A. pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated.

End the Government Shutdown

End the Government Shutdown

Text of letter sent to all U.S. Senators regarding the shutdown from President Hart:
 
Dear Senator,
 
On behalf of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, its 17 international affiliated union and its more than 100,000 member, we are deeply concerned that approximately 800,000 Federal Government employees are working without pay or temporarily furloughed because of the current government shutdown. A crisis not of their own making, this jeopardizes the livelihoods of their families and undermines the economic well-being of their communities, which rely on their steady paychecks — as well as members of the broader public who depend upon their services.
 
The Department respectfully calls upon Senator Mitch McConnell and all members of the Senate to bring the Consolidated Appropriations Bill of 2019 to a vote without partisan delay, and vote in favor of this bill, ending this unconscionable interruption in the nation’s business.
 
Respectfully,
 
James Hart
 
President, Metal Trades Department

Season’s Greetings from President Hart

Season’s Greetings from President Hart

It’s the holiday season – a magical time that reminds us to embrace the warmth and love of our friends, our families and our world. And I am always reminded by the profusion of well wishes I receive, how lucky I am. I am lucky to have wonderful friends and family, and I feel very lucky to be the leader of the Metal Trades.

So, while I celebrate the abundance of the season, I also take time to reflect on those who are struggling, economically and emotionally. I remind everyone, there is hope, there is always hope. We can do better, we can be better, and we will be better.

As Metal Trades members, we never shy away from tough times or tough fights. The lessons of the past and the dedication and commitment of generations of metal trades workers have taught us that there are no limits to what we can achieve when we work together. We had a lot of challenges over this last year and but because of your support and dedication, we have achieved a lot of success.

I know we can replicate our success next year, in an even bigger way. I’m committed to facing our problems head on, and I ask that you join me in that commitment. We’re union – the embodiment of solidarity –dedicated to making lives better for all our union brothers and sisters and for all working men and women and their families.

This holiday season would not be the same without you. I wish you and your family happiness and prosperity now and all year through. On behalf of the staff and the affiliated International and National Unions of the Metal Trades Department, I wish all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Kwanza. It is our most humble wish that you and your family, friends and loved ones enjoy and reap the joy of a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019.

May God bless and always look out and protect working folks …. God Bless America and Canada!