Our SEIU 2015 leaders established a program that offers assistance to our members who may encounter those unfortunate but real hardships and emergencies in their lives. Here’s how the program works:
Members Who Qualify
A Member who has kept current on their dues for at least nine straight months or has faithfully paid their dues at least 18 out of the last 24 months are eligible to apply for the benefit.
The Amount Available
A maximum benefit of $650 is available and can be accessed twice within a 24 month period. The Benefit is available until the amount budgeted for the year is exhausted.
The benefit is meant to be used to provide support for hardships related to rent, utilities, funeral expenses, major auto repairs and the like. Benefits are not paid to the member, but to landlords, utilities, cemeteries, auto shops and other vendors.
How a Member Applies
Members wishing to be considered for assistance call the Member Action Center (MAC) at 855-810-2015. Members qualified for the benefit will need to provide the following:
- Documentation that supports the request. Examples may include actual bills and invoices related to request, an Eviction notice or rental lease, Bill from Utility for cutoff, Obituary notice, auto repair bill, etc…
How Your Application is Approved
Once the documents and membership status have been collected, it is placed before the Health and Welfare Member Committee. The Members of the committee review to make sure the criteria has been met and that the hardship falls into the categories of assistance the Committee has set.
If you are interested in being part of the Health and Welfare Committee please let us know. In order to serve you would need to be a member of the Union in good standing and a COPE contributor. There is a three year term limit from time of appointment. Appointments will be made by our Union’s President, April Verrett from a pool of interested COPE contributors. Currently there are vacancies on this Committee in all six Regions of the Union. The Committee evaluates the requests coming in from members seeking the Emergency assistance. Please send your inquiries via this link.