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CLICK RED PDF TO DOWNLOAD August 07, 2020 ISSUE

Pipe Fitters Local 636
 There will be No August Union Meeting


The Hall will be Re-Opening on July 13, 2020 to all foot traffic. Masks are REQUIRED. Dues payments or SUB transactions can still be done via email or by phone. SUB email is mapril@pipefitters636.org

The Annual Pipefitters 636 Picnic has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

The Labor Day Parade has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

The Leadership of Local 636 is doing their best to balance the concerns of our members in regards to their health with the concerns of the health of our Union, Trust Funds and Industry. We encourage everyone to fill calls as we are receiving for jobs where all the OSHA regulations working safely are being followed.

These jobs must be filled. If the hours are not worked by our members they will be worked by Travelers, which doesn’t help our  Union or our Trust Funds as the money is sent to the Traveler’s Home Local. In situations where a member doesn’t have COVID, isn’t caring for someone with COVID or eligible under any of the other relaxed rules of the State of MI regarding unemployment benefits; we ask that you to take available work, and it is your choice if you do not, but please understand SUB benefits will not be paid in these instances where Traveler fitters are dispatched

 

Also, it is your responsibility as a member to report when you return to work, not the contractor’s. So please call the Hall and speak to the Business Agent on dispatch to report you return to work date.

CJ Harrison would like all our members to know that she is still available by phone during these uncertain times, she is working
from home doing phone conferences which is still beneficial to all our members and their families. You can contact her @ 313-
580-6887

The Retiree Association Monthly Meetings moving forward, have been cancelled until further notice. The election has also been postponed until further notice. – President David Evans


Any member that is Retiring contact Benesys @ 248-813-9800 for your Retirement paperwork or if you want to meet with the Financial Secretary Treasurer, please give him a 7 to 10 day notice so that he can get all of your paperwork in order.


New Quarterly ending September 30, 2020 UA Password is: ESSENTIAL


Dues:If you do not pay your Dues by the end of each quarter. After 2 quarters go unpaid you will then be Expelled and have to be Re-Initiated and pay a $200 Re-Initiation fee.


Defined Contribution Pension Plan: For those members who use the Voice Response Unit, VRU to obtain balance information and transfers funds in your Defined Contribution Pension, the number has changed. The new number for the VRU is 877- 410-9984. Plan provider number is 7526. 

 

You can now login to your Defined Contribution account on the Local’s website. Just click on the “Defined Contribution login here tab” and it will take you to the BeneSys login page. The Defined Contribution website is www.yourplanaccess.com/ benesys. All inquiries.

 

Are you “Work Ready”? Have any of your safety modules expired? Is your Drug Test current? Check your report card at mustbsafe.org and if it is time for renewal call the Training Center 248-585-0636 and they will register you. Be “ready” when the calls come in. Safety modules and drug tests are paid for by the Contractors Association. WHEN YOU STAY CURRENT WITH YOUR SAFETY MODULES, DRUG TEST AND FIRST AID, YOU WILL QUALIFY FOR FUTURE BONUS PAYMENT’S.

 

Financial Planning: Call Jason May at Morgan Stanley 248- 258-1750 for assistance and consultation relating to your Defined Contribution Investments. He will help with a total financial plan if requested. Services are paid for by the Defined Contribution Pension Fund.

 

Recovery Support Group: Pipe Dreamers, a Peer Support Recovery group for ongoing recovery from substance abuse and addiction meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm at the office of “Work Life Strategies” 26789 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3105, Huntington Woods 48070. Call 248-545-8301 for details or any questions you may have.

 

Also, a Relations/Divorce Support Group meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6pm.

 

Worker Assistance Program: Work Life Strategies, LLC are available to our members and their families to provide personal counseling services and when needed, referral to other professionals. Call 248-545-8301 to talk to a counselor for issues relating to grief, alcohol and or drug addiction, bankruptcy, financial management, marital, depression, legal and family counseling. Consultations with Work Life Strategies are a service paid for by the Insurance Fund. Referrals to outside professionals, if needed, will be paid for according to the current health care plan benefits.

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