For a few months now, we have been talking about providing you an enhanced death benefit as part of a broader package of member benefits. We recently conducted a By-laws vote and members decided by more than 90% support to proceed with this member benefit program. I am pleased to inform you that the new member benefit program, which includes a new death benefit, will be taking effect September 1st.
In the next couple of days, you will receive an informational booklet from the Midwest Coalition of Labor describing your new benefits. I encourage you to read through the booklet and take advantage of all these discounted services and benefits you have access to by being an active, Local 49 dues paying member.
Your death benefit is now increased to $5,000 and there’s an additional $2,500 accidental death benefit. As an active, dues paying member, you become eligible on day 1 of Local 49 membership, there is no additional cost and no need to enroll. Our previous death benefit paid a maximum of $2,500 only when you achieved 25 years of continuous membership, making this change a great improvement for our members.
Another enhancement is the ability to purchase up to $200,000 of additional life insurance without a physical exam. Members can enroll online if they desire to purchase additional life insurance and details on the open enrollment period can be found in the booklet.
Other new benefits include: free roadside assistance, discounted legal services, tax preparation services, retail discounts and other cost saving programs. More information can be found online at www.coalitionoflabor.org
We are always looking for ways to improve your membership experience and we will continue to add benefits whenever we can. Thank you for your service to Local 49, we are more than 14,000 strong, and together we will continue to prosper.
Local 49 Business Manager