Union membership has its privileges.

During our recent Conference, attendees heard about some of the best perks of union membership from vendors and exhibitors. One of the newest offerings is the Free College benefit for union members and their families.

This last dollar scholarship program offers union members and their family the opportunity to earn their Associate’s degree from the fully accredited Eastern Gateway Community College.

Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, non-profit school in the University System of Ohio and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Credits you earn can transfer to other schools.

For more information, visit the Metal Trades Free College Benefit website: freecollege.metaltrades.org

Attendees also heard from the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA). USA is a union-affiliated conservation and outdoor recreation group. The USA brings together union members who enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities to unite the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.

Members of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance receive discounts on gear, trips and lodging from participating partners and can win prizes or even appear of TV.

To find out more about the USA or to become a member, visit their website at: unionsportsmen.org.

USA offers free memberships to veterans and is running a “refer a friend” contest through early December.

Union Plus representatives were also on hand at the Annual Conference last month to talk about the multitude of other benefits union members receive. Union Plus offers mortgages, credit cards, insurance, and discounts on everything from cell phone bills to theme park admissions. Check their website www.unionplus.org for details.