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Members-Only Benefits

Brothers and Sisters:

Membership in Local 150 just got even more valuable. We’re proud to announce a new package of FREE benefits for our members and their families!

We’re providing these free benefits through a partnership we formed with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399, Chicagoland Regional Council of Carpenters, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 and the Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity.

With more than 100,000 workers, this coalition – the Midwest Coalition of Labor – allows us to use our greater collective purchasing power to secure new benefits at the lowest possible costs, passing them on to our members for free. These benefits went into effect on August 1, and printed benefit guides were mailed to all members – active and retired – in early September.

Below are the new benefits that you’ll receive as a dues-paying member in good standing:

Life Insurance

Non-retired members will receive $10,000 in free life insurance through VOYA, a leading insurance provider. In addition, members will have the opportunity to purchase an additional $160,000 in coverage at extremely low prices – without medical exams or questionnaires. Members will also be able to purchase coverage for spouses and dependents. (Active members only)

Call VOYA at 888-212-7822    

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Non-retired members will receive $5,000 in free accidental death and dismemberment coverage, which provides benefits for covered accidents that result in fatality, paralysis, the loss of a limb, eyesight, hearing or speech. Members can also purchase up to an additional $160,000 in coverage, with no medical exams and no questions asked! (Active members only)

Call VOYA at 888-212-7822    

Legal Services

Members and your families will have access to free and flat-rate discounted legal services through Union Legal Services! This unique legal program guarantees that a retired judge or experienced lawyer will always be available to answer your legal questions and represent you in court. There is also a 24-hour emergency hotline for members dealing with criminal matters.

Union Legal Services: 877-694-2663
24/7 Hotline for Criminal Matters: 630-567-5849

Allstate Roadside Assistance and Motor Club

Members and your families will receive free membership in the Allstate Motor Club, which provides up to three towing, jump start, lockout, flat tire and other services per year. In addition, membership in the Allstate Motor Club gives you access to discounts at hotels, automotive stores, restaurants, entertainment and more.

Allstate Roadside Assistance: 855-256-6019
Allstate Motor Club:
Go to https://mcl.enjoymydeals.com and use the code MCL1244 to register

Identity Recovery Protection

With coverage provided through Hartford Steam Boiler, members will be protected in the event that their identities are compromised. You’ll receive help from a professional who will work with banks, credit agencies and other financial institutions to restore your identity and repair any damage done. In addition, you’ll be covered with up to $25,000 for legal fees, $5,000 in lost wages for time spent recovering a stolen identity, and $1,000 for miscellaneous out of pocket expenses.

Identity Recovery Hotline: 1-800-472-1866

Retiree Welfare Program

Retiring brings a lot of changes, but one thing that doesn’t have to change is the quality of care you receive from the network of doctors you know and trust. As a union member who participates in the MOE Health and Welfare Fund, when you retire you can keep the insurance plan you are on for as long as you like as part of our Retiree Welfare Plan (RWP).

Coalition of Labor Credit Union

As a member, you are eligible for membership with the Coalition of Union Labor Credit Union (formerly the Midwest Operating Engineers Credit Union), which is a member-owned credit union providing mortgages, auto loans, home equity lines of credit and various other financial services. Members also have access to more than 55,000 ATM locations worldwide without a fee, including ATM’s at CVS, Mariano’s, Target, Costco, Walgreens and others.

Scholarships

In 2018, Local 150 awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships, and the program has grown each year since its inception. In 2019, Local 150 will award 28 scholarships to members’ families. Don’t miss out! In addition, organizations like the Chicago Federation of Labor, CISCO, and Union Plus provide scholarships to children of members in good standing.

Union Plus

Through Union Plus, union members have access to deep discounts on travel, shopping, and services across the nation. From dinner and movie tickets to rental cars and Disney World, union members save more with Union Plus. In addition, Union Plus awards scholarships to members’ children every year.

www.unionplus.org

Discounted Chicago Sun-Times Subscription

As Chicago’s only newspaper partly owned by labor, the Chicago Sun-Times is your source for news that affects working people. We’ve negotiated discounts on digital subscriptions, and you have access to Work 360 or any of the other free newsletters from the Chicago Sun-Times.

suntimes.com/midwest-labor 

If you have additional questions about the Midwest Coalition of Labor, call 1-800-433-2099 or visit www.coalitionoflabor.org.  You may also read more about the new benefits here.