From the Business Manager/COVID-19 UPDATE:

As you are aware, Governor Whitmer as extended the Stay at Home order until May 15, 2020. The Local 292 Contractors’ customer projects have been deemed “Critical Essential Infrastructural Work” by the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security guidelines.  The Local 292 contractors are suppliers to these essential services and operations and are themselves treated as Critical Infrastructure and are permitted to operate. Local 292 has taken measures with the contractors to limit the spread of the Coronavirus to ensure our members’ health and safety returning to the shops and job sites. PPE will be supplied and must be used before entering, while working, and after leaving work. PLEASE continue to wash your hands, disinfect work areas, limit gatherings, and practice social distancing. As the need for manpower increases in the shop, you will be contacted by the Contractor directly. If you feel you are not yet comfortable to return to work or do not feel safe returning to work, you may choose not to do so without repercussions until the order is lifted. Change is not easy but if we continue taking the necessary steps to stop the spread of this virus, we can defeat it.

Sub Credits

The sub trustees would like to announce that the initial eligibility rule has been temporarily suspended for all members. Any member with sub credits can collect them.

Condolences

Local 292 recently lost two great men.

Gary DePollo passed away on April 8, 2020. Gary was a member of Local 292 for 50 years. He was a Journeyman and worked as a Project Manager for many of those years.

Martin (Bud) Walters passed away on April 10, 2020. Bud worked as a Journeyman Fabricator/Welder and was also an Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor for several years. Bud was a member of Local 292 for 70 years.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, there are no services at this time. Both families plan to have memorial services sometime in the future. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.

Please keep these families in your prayers.

SUPPLEMENTAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT (SUB)

In order to received SUB payments, proof of unemployment payment must be received by the SUB-fund office.  You can send your information to:

Acceptable proofs of payment are:

  • Certification page from MiWAM account
  • Copy of direct deposit to bank account

The proof of payment MUST show the dates for which you have been paid.  If this information is not clearly denoted, your SUB payment may be delayed

Example:

UIA deposit $300.00 being paid for week 3.22 – 3.28

UIA deposit $300.00 being paid for week 3.29 – 4.4

Once an acceptable proof of payment has been received at the SUB-fund, they will issue and mail  your SUB check.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

Dear Brothers & Sisters:

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Local 292 wants to keep our membership informed of both the symptoms of the virus and the additional benefits that may be available to each of you and your dependents.

  • BCBSM – COVID 19 testing is covered with no cost sharing, no copayment and no co-insurance or deductible. You can also access doctors online at BCBSM.com instead of going to an office visit with no copay.
  • Envision RX – Refill limits are being waived for 30 day prescription refills on maintenance medications.
  • Ulliance – The Employee Assistance Program is always available, 24 hours per day, should you or any of your dependents require assistance handling the uncertainty of the Coronavirus and feel the need to speak with a professional. 800.448.8326
  • Useful apps for information:

BCBSMonlinevisits.com

Blue 365

Call Doc MD

On March 16, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-10.  This Executive Order, effective until April 14, 2020, expands unemployment benefits.  In summary, it provides:

  • Individuals will be entitled to unemployment benefits if they leave work because of:
    • Self-quarantine in response to an elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised
    • Symptoms of COVID-19
    • Having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or
    • Family care responsibility as a result of a government directive (e.g. care for children while schools are closed)
  • Leaving work for the above conditions, voluntarily or involuntarily, will be deemed a layoff.
  • If the only reason that these individuals are staying home is fear of the coronavirus, they will not qualify for unemployment benefits under Governor Whitmer’s directive.