COVID-19 Update – (April 2, 2020)

MN_outline_SEIU_local_26One Step on a Long Path…

Union Healthcare Fund Extends Coverage
Through May 31st for Laid off Workers!

As union workers we are vulnerable to the corona virus the same as any worker. The difference is that union workers are not alone, and we have resources and a voice in how we and our companies react to this crisis. One powerful example of this in the first 3 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic is that we control our own union health insurance fund. Our union trustees to the health and welfare fund established:

  • All workers who take the union health insurance, who are laid off since March, will KEEP their health insurance (with no monthly cost to the worker!) through May 31st.
  • As the crisis continues, the trustees will look at extending this great benefit as long as we have funds to do so. If you are laid off, you should call the MRC for more information. 855-265-6225.

“I usually work from 5 pm to 1:00 am. Things got harder when the bus hours changed and I do not drive, so it made more difficult to get home after work. I can’t afford to Uber everyday, so I was really worried. Thankfully the Union helped us to change the hours we would be coming in, therefore also changing the hours we would be leaving work. Now with this change, some days I am able to catch a ride with a neighbor that also works in the account, and when not I am still able to catch up the bus, that otherwise I couldn’t because of the reduction of hours in public transportation”.

Maria del Romero, Harvard RBC

Other newly added help:

  1. Financial Assistance on Gas and utilities: The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay for home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households
  2. Renters: Homeline Free legal assistance for renters OR 612-728-5767
  3. Childcare: If you have children in school the state has opened a hotline for school and child care questions: 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Fight is Just Beginning:

Local 26 calls on the building owners, politicians, and other stakeholders to step up to the plate and make sure that workers do not carry the burden of this pandemic alone.

  • We demand Full Replacement of Lost wages & healthcare & paid family leave during this crisis
  • We demand all workers be included, regardless of company size, part time status, or country of birth.
  • We demand adequate staffing, training, equipment and supplies to keep workers and others safe,
  • We demand No Payments and no interest (rent, credit card, mortgage) during the crisis
  • We demand workers decide how resources are distributed, not the corporations we are bailing out.

For more details on our collective fight and for more resources for you and your family, see: https://www.mncovidresponse.com/ We need your voice: Join us on Facebook at SEIU26 (and ask to join your closed group by industry) to join the discussion, get involved, and help push for more worker protections and enforce our human rights.

Be Calm, Limit Exposure. We Walk This Long Road Together.

Contact the Member Resource Center, 855-265-6225. Seiu26.org on FB and on the web.

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