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Upcoming Events
LOCAL 568M MEMBERSHIP MEETING - CANCELLED
Apr 05, 2020
400 NE JEFFERSON PEORIA IL 61601
Local 458M Membership Meeting - Cancelled
Apr 08, 2020
455 KEHOE BLVD. STE. 110
Ruby's Retro Party - Cancelled
Apr 19, 2020
River Grove Moose Lodge located at 8601 W River Road, River Grove IL
LOCAL 568M MEMBERSHIP MEETING
May 03, 2020
400 NE JEFFERSON PEORIA IL 61601
Local 458M Membership Meeting
May 09, 2020
AMERICAN LEGION POST 76 LOCATED AT 570 S GARY AVE, CAROL STREAM IL 60188
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WHO WE ARE

Teamsters District Council 4 is made up of  hard-working men and women throughout the state of Illinois and Indiana, we are an affiliation of members of  Local 458M and Local 568M.  Our members are diverse and traditional in the Graphic Industry, we represent from Garment Stitchers to Newspaper Pressman our strength is found in our diversity in our trade! 

Teamsters District Council 4 represents its members through our Local Union Officers, Local Union Stewards, and Local Executive Boards. Our Union has been active for over 100 years in the Chicagoland area and we are proud of our history and knowledge in the Graphic Industry.  Having the International Brotherhood of Teamsters behind us we work to negotiate the best contracts possible and to provide the strongest day-to-day union representation for our members.

What's New
Covid 19 - March 24, 2020 Update

To Our Members:

Things continue to changing with the virus, and things are happening in the workplace.  On March 16, we gave you some information on some basic questions.  This will give you some updated information on unemployment benefits, and the sick leave and emergency Family Leave provisions passed by Congress last week..

What are my rights to unemployment compensation if I'm temporarily laid off because the place where I work is temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 virus?

If you are temporarily laid off in this situation you can qualify for benefits as long as you was able and available for and actively seeking work. Under the IDES’s emergency COVID-19 rules, you would be considered to be actively seeking work as long as the individual was prepared to return to his or her job as soon the Employer reopened.

If my Employer sends me home because I am sick, what are my unemployment rights?

If your Employer prevents you from working because you are sick, you should register and apply for benefits with the with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, online if you can and at your local office if that is not possible.  Your eligibility for benefits, and the amount of benefits, will depend on your particular facts.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you first have to be unemployed through no fault of your own.  If you your Employer prohibits you from working due to illness, you should meet this requirement.

In addition, to be eligible for benefits, you must be able and available for work.  You should satisfy this requirement as long as you are able to do any kind of work that is available – including working remotely or at home, consistent with your medical condition.  

To the extent that your medical condition prevents you from doing any work at all, then you may be unavailable for work and ineligible for benefits, either entirely or for any week or portion of a week for which this is true.  However, that does not prevent you from registering and applying for benefits.                                                                                         

There is nothing to lose by registering and applying for benefits.  To apply online for benefits, go to the following link –

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/aboutides/Pages/10%20Things%20You%20Should%20Know.aspx

For more information, see:

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/COVID-19-and-Unemployment-Benefits.aspx

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/IDES%20Forms%20and%20Publications/CLI105L.pdf

Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Under the “Families First” Act

On March 19, Congress passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.  Among other

things, it provide for paid sick leave and emergency Family Medical Leave if you are a full time employee and your Employer employees fewer than 500 employees. If the Act applies to your Employer:

You have an additional 10 paid sick days, regardless of how long you have worked for the Employer

Between now and December 31, 2020, you can take up 80 hours of paid sick time for any of the following purposes:

            (1)        if your are subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;

                        (2)        if you have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;

                        (3)        if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis;

                        (4)        if you are caring for an individual who is subject to an order as described in (1) or have been advised as described in (2) above;

                                    (5)        you are caring for a son or daughter if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable, due to COVID-19 precautions.

If you are a full time employee, sick time under (1) through (3) is paid at your regular rate of pay, up to $511 per day, and $5100 total.  Sick time under (4) and (5) is paid at your regular rate of pay, up to $200 per day and $2000 total.  If you are a part time employee, there is a formula for calculating the pay for the sick leave.

This paid sick leave is in addition to whatever sick leave, vacation or other Paid Time Off (PTO) you already receive.  You can choose to use other PTO first, but your Employer cannot make you do so.

This paid sick leave will not carry over after December 31, 2020.

You have the right to Emergency FMLA Leave if you have worked for the Employer for at least 30 days.

Until December 31, 2020, you may take up to 12 weeks of Emergency FMLA due to a need for leave to care for the son or daughter under 18 years of age of such employee if the school or place of care has been closed, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable, due to a COVID-19-related public health emergency, as declared by a federal, state or local authority.

The first 10 days of the Emergency FMLA Leave can be unpaid (although those days may also be covered by the paid sick leave above, or other PTO if you choose).  If you are a full time employee, after the first 10 days, the Emergency FMLA Leave is paid at two-thirds of your regular rate, up to $200 per day and $10,000 total.

Your Employer may not require you to use other PTO in lieu of or before taking this Emergency FMLA, although you may choose to do so.

* * * * *

As we said in our original guidance, we cannot possibly answer every question in this document. We will continue to give you updates on major developments when appropriate. 

In the meantime, we repeat the most important things we said in our original guidance –

Read your CBA.

Your Union contract is your first line of defense in any situation.  The Union’s collective bargaining agreements vary from Company to Company, so we can’t give you blanket answers on what your specific contract says. But in any situation, look at the CBA to see what rights it gives you.  Talk to your Shop Steward and the Union. 

Your Employer should not be changing your working conditions without notice to the Union.

The Employer should not be unilaterally issuing new policies or changing your terms and conditions of employment, without notice to and discussions with the Union.  If your Employer does so, tell your Shop Steward and the Union.

The Union has asked your employer for a lot of information about how it is dealing with this crisis, and to meet with the Union about any action as appropriate.  The Union stands ready to bargain with Employers to protect your special interests in this situation, while trying to meet the Employer’s concerns, as well. 

When in doubt, talk to your Shop Steward and the Union.

If we’ve made anything clear – feel free to ask your Shop Steward or call the Union if you have any questions about these subjects or anything else.

Stay informed. 

You can get up to date information about COVID-19 from the federal and state governments, the Chicago Federation of Labor, and the Teamsters International Union.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

https://www.chicagolabor.org/coronavirus?link_id=0&can_id=cd140ed382513124eeabee3b947d2032&source=email-cfl-update-on-the-covid-19-outbreak&email_referrer=email_748505&email_subject=cfl-update-on-the-covid-19-outbreak

https://teamster.org/covid-19

Stay safe.

Finally, first things first – be vigilant, stay informed, and keep you and your family safe.  We are all in this together, and together we will get through this.


Download: Second Notice Covid 3.24.2020.pdf
Covid - 19 Impact on Office Hours and Staff

Due to social distancing our office staff will be limited.  If you are planning to come to the office, please call the office before at 630-668-4337 to make sure the appropriate staff is here to service your needs.

 

Our local’s first priority is our members and we apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Please stay safe during this time of unrest.

Gov. Pritzker Expands Unemployment Benefits Amid COVID-19 Emergency

The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) caused Governor J.B. Pritzker to issue emergency rules expanding unemployment benefits for the State of Illinois.

As part of the expansion, an individual temporarily laid-off because their workplace closed due to COVID-19 could qualify for benefits from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The IDES website also provides guidance on eligibility for unemployment benefits if you are unable to work because you are confined to your home to self quarantine, care for children who are home from school, or care for a family member who has contracted COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, and to apply for unemployment benefits, please visit the IDES website HERE.

Below are some more helpful links for information about COVID-19:

The Illinois Department of Public Health Daily Updates

The Chicago Federation of Labor COVID-19 Resources Page

The Chicago Department of Health Daily Updates

Health & Welfare Trustee's Saving You Money

Every year the Trustee’s meet to discuss cost and benefits.  We are happy to inform the members that the cost for our Health & Welfare will not increase for Local 458M Members or for the Employers for 2020. 

Even though costs have not increased our Benefits have been improved.

We have added MdLive Services, which allows members to talk to a board-certified doctor 24/7 through online video (MDLive.com/bcbsil) or phone (888-676-4204). 

The board has also increased the Visa Gift Card amount to $200 for all Health and Welfare members who take advantage of the Health Dynamics Program.  This program has saved members lives by detecting life threatening illnesses early.  The Trustee’s s have also changed the requirements of this benefit, so our members are allowed to go to their primary doctor for these tests.  If the member goes to their primary, they will need to complete the required form which is attached.


Download: Health Dynamics Form - Personal Doctor.pdf
MEMBER INFORMATION

This service is offered to the members who are part of the Union's Health & Welfare Program.

The GCC/IBT District Council 4 Health & Welfare Fund encourages eligible members and their spouse to participate in our annual Preventive Care Exam program.

Each participant will receive a $200 Gift Card, provided by your Health Fund!

Appointment slots are available for you now – and the exam is covered at 100%!

See the video above to learn more about our new Preventive Care Program.

To make an appointment, call Health Dynamics at 414-443-0200 (option 5) – or use the Locations Link below to find the examination site that suits you best and call them directly.


UNION DISCOUNT PROGRAMS

As a Union Member you are elgible for services at a discounted rate, Scholarships and much more to view what benefits you are eligible for please click on the following link: https://www.unionplus.org/

LABOR RADIO

The Leslie Marshall Show: A nationally-syndicated radio show hosted by Leslie Marshall. Her show frequently highlights issues of concern to unions and working families across the country.

The Union Edge Show: hosted by Charles Showalter, this daily show based in Pittsburgh and available on-line features topics that are important to the middle class and members of labor unions.

Workers Independent News: a national radio show based in Madison, Wisconsin, the site of one of the largest civil actions against a state governor, this daily program recently featured Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President, in an interview discussing the political landscape.

 
 
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