IUOE Local 49 is dedicated to helping our members and their families, especially during times of need. Below are some resources members have available to them to help during challenging times.

Local 49 Catastrophe Relief Fund

Consistent with its objective to improve the lives of its members and their families and that “In Unity There Is Strength,” Local 49 has created the Catastrophe Relief Fund to provide financial and/or dues aid directly to members in good standing who have suffered the loss of their home, the long-term loss of income or are incurring substantial unforeseen expenses due to a natural disaster, serious illness or injury, or other unforeseen catastrophic event in the last 12 months.

This service is not intended to replace or be a substitute for making a claim on any applicable insurance policies or sources of income (such as health insurance, workers compensation, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, home owner’s insurance, etc.). Completed applications will be reviewed by the Catastrophe Relief Fund Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Executive Board for a final determination. To access the fund, an individual meeting the eligibility criteria set forth above must complete and submit an application.

Applications may be obtained by request from the main union hall located at 2829 Anthony Lane South, Minneapolis, MN 55418 or by contacting Monica at 612-877-3724. Questions about the Fund can be directed to Dan Manick at (218) 341-7359.

Local 49 Catastrophe Relief Fund COBRA Benefit

When a member has fallen short of the minimum hours required to maintain or obtain a month of Local 49 health insurance through the Local 49 Health & Welfare Fund, Local 49 members in good standing may apply for access to the Local 49 Catastrophe Relief Fund COBRA Benefit. The COBRA Benefit is a one-time benefit paid directly to Wilson-McShane on behalf of the qualifying member to extend insurance coverage by one month.

To be eligible, the member must (1) be an active hourly participant in the Local 49 Health & Welfare Fund (bargaining premium – monthly contribution participants are not eligible), (2) have  minimal (under $800.00) or no HRA balance, (3) have worked a minimum of 1,000 covered hours in the previous calendar year under a Local 49 collective bargaining agreement with hourly contributions to the Local 49 Health and Welfare Fund, and (4) have not refused job opportunities within the previous 12 months through any Local 49 dispatch office or signatory employer.

Applications may be obtained by request from the main union hall located at 2829 Anthony Lane South, Minneapolis, MN 55418 or by contacting Monica at 612-877-3724.

Union Plus

Union Plus is a non-profit organization that offers benefit programs exclusively to union members (current and retired) and their families. Union Plus has several hardship help programs that members can apply to. Click here for more information.