Dear Brothers and Sisters

I am pleased to announce the following

On Friday March 27th your Health and Welfare Plan Trustees unanimously approved a motion to freeze both hour bank and self pay member’s accounts for the months of April, May, June, and July 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Those that have paid in advance will be credited to their account. Therefore no member shall fall off Health Plan coverage during the next 4 month period.

To be clear this is in addition to months already covered so If you were covered for the month of March 2020 even if it was your last month that you would have been covered your coverage will continue as described. The Health Plan will assess any further actions as we move forward.

On Friday March 27th your Executive Board  unanimously approved a motion for the suspension of union dues until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis.  However, If you are planning to run for any office election you must continue to pay union dues per the bylaws.

Important to note regarding union dues as per our Union bylaw Article 17 … in order to be eligible for election to any office in this Local Union, a member must be in “Continuous Good Standing” for a  period of 24 consecutive months prior to the month of the nomination meeting. “Continuous  Good Standing” means compliance with the provision of Article X, Section 5 of the International Constitution concerning the payment of dues for a period of (24) twenty four months, together with no interruption in active membership in this Local Union because of suspensions, withdrawals, transfers or failure to pay fines or assessments.  We do not believe we have the authority to change this language.

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.

Fraternally

Lorrie Ward
Secretary-Treasurer
Teamsters Local Union No.155