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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Ted Kenney - George Vest, Jr. Scholarship
Provides financial support to college-bound children of members of local unions affiliated with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters.
Applications become available in April and are due in July.
For an application and additional information contact Local 58.
The Construction Industry Services Corporation (CISCO) has three (3) scholarship programs available.
Three (3) four-year $2,000.00 per year scholarships will be awarded each year to high school seniors;
Two (2) two-year awards of $1,000.00 per year for seniors planning to attend community college; and
Two (2) two-year continuing education awards of $1,000.00 per year to adult union members or contractor employees affiliated with CISCO.
Applications become available in October and are due in February.
For an application and additional information contact www.cisco.org/scholarships/ or call CISCO @ 630-472-9411.
Chicago Federation of Labor - William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship
The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) offers ten (10) scholarships to high school seniors.
Five (5) scholarships in the amount of $2,000; and
Five (5) random drawing scholarships in the amount of $2,000
to students graduating from a Chicago or suburban area high school. Students may only apply in one of the two categories. The applicant and his/her parent must be a member in good standing of a union affiliated the CFL.
Applications become available in December and are due in February.