Furlough and strike assistance grants are also available
UNION PLUS HAS announced the expansion of job loss grants and the addition of two new hardship grants. The grants are available to qualifying members who hold a Union Plus credit card.
Previously, the $250 job loss grants were available to cardholders who applied for the benefit within six months of their last day on the job. Under the new policy, cardholders have up to 12 months after their job loss date to apply.
Cardholders must have been out of work for 90 days or longer to be eligible.
According to Union Plus, the expansion will allow more members to become aware of the program and to apply for it. Since the program began, more than 900 Union Plus cardholders have received a total of $225,000 in grants.
In addition to expanding the job loss grants, Union Plus is making available grants for cardholders who are facing financial difficulties due to strikes and furloughs. Union members who are on strike or who have been locked out for 30 or more consecutive days may receive a $250 payment made directly to their Union Plus credit card account. The furlough grant helps union members or their spouses who have been furloughed from their jobs for 15 days or more within a six-month period with a one-time $250 payment to their Union Plus credit card account.
Union Plus credit card holders can also take advantage of skip pays, a layoff helpline, a member advocate, and disaster grants.
Additional qualifications may apply for grant eligibility. Learn more and find grant applications at www.UnionPlus.org/UnionSAFE.
Union Plus programs are offered through Union Privilege, an organization created by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to offer consumer benefits to union members.