Relief Fund

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Effective January 17, 2016

International Relief Fund Information

FOR LAID OFF MEMBERS of the UMWA

(Must be laid off 30 days or more) 


(CURRENT AMOUNT IS $900.00 A CALENDAR YEAR) This may change as the funds decrease. 

To apply for the International Relief Fund you must have the following: 

Provide proof of the following: 

Must be in good standing and union dues current, Photo copy of driver’s license, Panel form (if you need one, contact your Recording Secretary) Proof of bill to pay (attach to application), Also bills cannot be late or behind prior to layoff. In order to pay a house payment, car payment or utilities, you must have a foreclosure notice, reposition from lender for car, and shutoff notices for utilities.

You may also apply for a food voucher for $100.00, and you need a food store. Kroger’s, Giant Eagle, etc. No Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club.

The International Relief Fund does not pay for car insurance, school lunches, student loans, cable, four wheeler, side by side, cell phone, camper, or boat payments. 

To apply in District 31: Go to your local district office. Numbers are 304-363-7500 or the Sub 6 office at 740-676-4000. 

GUIDELINES FOR UMWA LOCAL UNION 1638 RELIEF FUND

  1. To qualify, you must be off 30 consecutive calendar days and fall under the same criteria as it takes to qualify for Sick and Accident Benefits. 

  2.  $2500 will be paid to the qualifying member once per 365 days. Payouts are as follows: 30 days - $1500, 45 days - $1000. Total 2500. In other words, a person will not be eligible again until 365 days has expired. Once you return to work, the 365 days starts to be eligible again. 

  3. $10.00 per participant will be taken per pay day by voluntary payroll deduction. You must sign a form for the deduction. If you are missed by payroll deduction, a form will be turned in to payroll to collect the missing pay period. New hires must sign up the day of orientation, if not they fall under paragraph 6. 

  4. The money collected will be placed into a separate checking account titled “UMWA Local Union 1638 Relief Fund.” Money will not be used for any other purpose. Money will be directly deposited into this account, if possible. 

  5.  This was discussed and voted on for adoption at the regular union meeting on March 16, 2008. 

  6. Anyone who elects to enroll since the Fund is in effect, will not be eligible for any benefits until he has been enrolled for a period of 90 days. Your $10.00 deduction will start with the first available payday and thereafter. 

  7. Anyone returning from layoff, long term S&A or compensation will be automatically re-enrolled upon returning to work. They will be eligible for benefits immediately upon enrollment. If they are not enrolled and wish to do so, they will have 30 days to so without penalty per paragraph 2. 

  8. In the unlikely event funds in this program fall below the amount needed for payment, qualifying members will be paid in order of when they went off as funds come in. Payments(installments) will be $1500 and $1000.00 regardless of how long you are off till the checking account is such that it can pay according to paragraph 2. 

  9. If you no longer wish to participate in this fund, you must contact a trustee to get taken off the program, do not go to the mine clerk. 

  10. To give the Relief Fund Trustees the authority to make necessary changes with executive board approval. 

 

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