Brothers and Sisters,
We know that our communities and members are wondering what’s next as we navigate the best ways to respond to COVID-19. As we navigate the impacts of this virus, the NW Carpenters Union team will advocate for you, coordinate with employers to share best practices for a safe workplace, coordinate with benefit and training plans, and do our own part to reduce exposure and expansion of the virus.
We are providing this reference page as a resource with links to unemployment insurance, state Health department updates, and COVID-19 information from federal agencies. Our staff will help you find the resources to answer your questions. Regional Council staff are not virus experts, but we will do everything we can to assist.
Your union is here for you and we will work as your partner as we all learn to navigate this new reality. We are working hard on your behalf. Together we will get through this.
Stay safe brothers and sisters.
Executive Secretary-Treasurer (principal officer)
The union’s COVID 19 Response:
- Adopt a social responsibility mindset. Everyone is experiencing the same new information and uncertainty. By remaining calm and helpful, we can assist each other in problem-solving.
- Be optimistic. We are all in this together and together we will find a way forward.
- Show support for each other. This is an important time for resource sharing. Have a question? We are here to help.
Council Staffing Update as of April 2, 2020
We are following state and federal guidelines to reduce virus transmission in all Council offices. You can contact our offices by phone and messages will be returned in the order they are received.
Our dispatch department is actively dispatching members to job sites.
Representatives are prioritizing visiting union job sites until further notice.
Representatives and administrative staff are taking calls from members and responding to job site issues. Please call (877) 284.7936 with any concerns.
From NW Carpenters Union
From the UBC
OSHA COVID-19 Resource Page for latest on occupational safety during the COVID-19 outbreak
Washington Post created a calculator to estimate your stimulus check
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans has a great resource page on pensions and benefits
Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated: April 3, 2020
Additional, state-specific FAQ answers can be found at the bottom of each state page. We will be adding additional questions as we are able to answer them. If you have more questions or feel you did not get the answer you needed, contact us at (877) 284-7936 or COVID19@nwcarpenters.org.
The definition of “essential employee” is an employee that performs work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.
Governments have the authority to make this determination, not the Union. We are continuing to monitor the situation and how it affects our members and their safety. This page will be updated as new information is released.
New legislation requires that group health plans and health insurers cover coronavirus testing. (This includes grandfathered health plans under the ACA.) These tests do not require cost-sharing, such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.
These tests are not subject to prior authorization or any other medical management requirements. Government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, will cover coronavirus testing, free of charge, and without cost-sharing as well.
At this time there is no Collective Bargaining Agreement which allows hazard pay in relation to COVID-19. We are looking at future bargaining sessions to address this issue.
Union members have access to benefits via the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. This includes the FCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act), the FMLA (The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act), and the EPSLA (The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act).