3545 W. Peterson Ave. 
Chicago, IL. 60659 

Carpenters Local Union 58
IDES Responding to Surge In UI Applications; Pro-Worker Rules Set

The Illinois AFL-CIO leadership held a conference call with Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Director Thomas Chan late last week to answer questions about response to layoffs related to the coronavirus outbreak. Acting quickly as layoffs mount, Gov. JB Pritzker issued emergency rules to expedite unemployment benefits to those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This includes ordering the waiting week (first week of unemployment status) waived, so that those getting unemployment will get compensated for the waiting week on the first unemployment check.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security filed an emergency rule on Friday, with input from labor, that work search rules are expanded to ensure that workers who cannot seek work outside of the home due to contracting the virus or taking care of a loved one can qualify for unemployment benefits. Prior to this rule, a worker who could not leave home would not have qualified. This emergency rule would allow a worker laid off for any reason to look for online to work from home. This emergency rule and current work search rules do not change current requirements that a laid-off worker calling the union hall is considered an adequate work search or for workers who have a return date from the employer of less than 10 weeks.
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Our Next Local Union Meeting

due to continued concerns over safety protocols due to the Covid-19 pandemic 

The January 2022 meeting has been cancelled

Building Communities on the North Side of Chicago and Northwest Cook County
Since 1896
"What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures". What does labor want? In a word, MORE! 
- Samuel Gompers, 1st General President of AFL
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters". - Frederick Douglass, carpenter, abolitionist, 1849