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  • COVID-19 Information and Resources

    We have long said that Teamster members are the backbone of America, and that without us, the country cannot function. The COVID-19 outbreak has revealed that to be an absolute truth.

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    General Information

    International Brotherhood of Teamsters COVID-19 Outbreak Resources - https://teamster.org/covid-19

    Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Information - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    Kentucky COVID-19 Information - http://kycovid19.ky.gov/

    Indiana COVID-19 Information - https://coronavirus.in.gov/


    TeamCare Improvements

    TeamCare Layoff Benefits

    We have been informed by the IBT that the TeamCare Board of Trustees have approved a plan amendment granting up to eight weeks of TeamCare Layoff Coverage at no cost to members who are laid off between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

    This is an issue that many Local Unions across the country, including Teamsters Local 89, have been asking TeamCare to address. We are thrilled that the fund has agreed to provide this critical extended benefit to members who become laid off during this national crisis.

    You can read the TeamCare release on Layoff Benefits, as well as Frequently Asked Questions about how recently passed stimulus legislation applies to TeamCare, by clicking here.

    You can read a Frequently Asked Questions about the TeamCare Layoff Benefits by clicking here.

    TeamCare Expanded Coverage

    The fund has also announced an additional amendment that includes waiving all coinsurance, co-pays, and deductibles for both the test and treatment administered for COVID-19.

    This is an incredibly important change, and we applaud the fund for ensuring that all TeamCare participants who contract COVID-19 can be diagnosed and treated at zero cost through the end of the year.

    According to the release from TeamCare, attached here, the specifics of the plan amendment are as follows:

    • Waives prior authorizations for diagnostic tests and related covered services that are medically necessary and consistent with the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention (CDC) guidance for members if diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • Provides the appropriate medically necessary diagnostic tests for COVID-19, at no cost to covered members.
    • Provides all subsequent needed care once a COVID-19 diagnosis occurs, including inpatient hospital stays and treatment, at no cost to covered members.

    You can read the TeamCare release on Expanded Coverage by clicking here.

    If you have any further questions about this important news, please contact your business agent or our benefits department by calling us at (502) 368-5885.


    Stimulus Bill (Phase 3)

    The "Phase 3" stimulus bill which originated in the US Senate has now passed the US House and has been signed by the President. Below is basic information about the bill, as well as a link to a calculator created by the Washington Post which gives an estimate for the amount of your stimulus check, and a link to a thorough Frequently Asked Questions article about the stimulus bill by the New York Times.

    Washington Post Stimulus Bill - Check Estimate Calculator

    New York Times Stimulus Bill Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    This stimulus bill, also being referred to as Phase 3, includes several important provisions to help the American working class during the COVID-19 crisis. It is expected to be followed by a Phase 4 bill in late April to further address the situation as it stands at that point.

    Included in the bipartisan bill are direct stimulus checks that will be sent to working people, and a massive expansion of unemployment insurance for those who have lost their jobs, been laid off, or furloughed as a result of COVID-19.

    Stimulus Checks

    Most American adults will receive $1,200 dollar checks. There will also be additional $500 dollar checks for every qualifying child who is 16 or younger. Single adults making less than $75,000 should get the full amount of the stimulus check. Married couples filing jointly making less than $150,000 should receive a total of $2,400, or more with children. Those who make more than these amounts will see the checks decrease incrementally until there is no check at all for single adults making $99,000 or more, and married couples with no children making $198,000 or more.

    The stimulus checks will be based on your adjusted gross income on your 2019 tax returns, or your 2018 tax returns if you have not filed taxes this year.

    For further information about the stimulus checks, please check the New York Times FAQ linked here.

    Unemployment Insurance Expansion

    Unemployment has been expanded in the phase 3 stimulus bill to assist those who have been laid off, furloughed, or lost their job entirely as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, it expands eligibility to more part-time workers, and also self-employed, gig economy, and independent contractor workers who have been impacted.

    The expansion is an attempt to replace the average worker's paycheck. The bill allows for a Federal supplement of up to $600 dollars per week on top of whatever unemployment benefit a person is receiving from their state. This additional payment will last for up to four months.

    The expansion has also extended unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks on top of what is already offered in your state, up to a maximum of 39 weeks.

    For further information about the Unemployment Expansion, please check the New York Times FAQ linked here.

    Student Loans

    Until September 30th, automatic payments will be suspended for any student loan held by the federal government.

    For further information about the Student Loan Payment Freeze, please check the New York Times FAQ linked here.


    Kentucky Services Guides

    The following is copied from the Kentucky COVID-19 Information Page:

    How to file an unemployment insurance claim if you have lost a job or are sick due to COVID-19

    Individuals may apply for Medicaid only by calling the Kentucky Healthcare Customer Service line toll-free at (855) 459-6328 or contacting an application assister through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange website.

    Apply for all public assistance programs by visiting the Benefind website or by calling the DCBS Call Center toll free at (855) 306-8959.

    To see if you might be eligible for WIC, visit: WIC Screening Tool. If you think you might be eligible, contact your local health department for more information on enrolling. 


    Indiana Services Guides

    Please click the following link to view a PDF available on the Indiana COVID-19 website:

    https://coronavirus.in.gov/files/IN_COVID-19%20Resource%20Guide%203.23.20.pdf


    Local Union Operations

    As a result of Kentucky’s escalating response to the COVID-19 outbreak and for the health and wellbeing of our members and staff, Local 89 will be temporarily changing our operations.

    While Local 89 will continue our day to day business, we will be limiting entry into the union hall to staff only. We will be providing “curb side” services to any member needing to fill out or drop off paperwork (grievances, TeamCare forms, etc.). When you arrive at the hall for drop-off/pick-up of documents, simply call us at (502) 368-5885 to let us know what you need, and someone from our staff will come out to pick up/drop off whatever is necessary to help you. Our Business Agents will continue to be available by phone or by email, as will the rest of our staff.

    We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and will update our members if there are any further changes to our operational plans. Everyone at Teamsters Local 89 sincerely hopes that this is a short-term change and that we can return to our normal operations in the near future. We have always taken great pride in the fact that Teamsters Local 89 is a “members hall”, a building where our doors have always been open, and members and retirees could visit and handle their issues while enjoying the company of our staff. Our members are what make us, and until we are able to return to our normal operations, our union hall will feel incomplete.

    Thank you all, and stay safe and healthy.


    Other Updates
     


    Apr 17, 2020
    We are proud to announce the recently formed Teamsters Local 89 Women’s Committee has created a COVID-19 Crisis Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide groceries and household items to members who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in need assistance for themselves or their families.
    Apr 13, 2020
    Apr 13, 2020 - It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the tragic passing of a Teamsters Local 89 member at UPS Worldport who had been off of work since April 1st. This sadly marks the first member of our Local Union who has lost their life to the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping our country.
    Apr 09, 2020
    In order to protect our union members during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have communicated ALL employee concerns brought to our attention to the Company. The Company had already put measures in place for the safety of our employees and in addition addressed the concerns that were brought up by Local 89 members.
    Apr 09, 2020
    TeamCare Layoff Benefits We have been informed by the IBT that the TeamCare Board of Trustees have approved a plan amendment granting up to eight weeks of TeamCare Layoff Coverage at no cost to members who are laid off between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This is an issue that many Local Unions across the country, including Teamsters Local 89, have been asking TeamCare to address.
    Apr 07, 2020
    Those who are seeking to utilize the two-weeks of paid sick leave negotiated between the IBT and UPS must fill out a form that is now available on UPSers.com. You can access the form, and instructions, using the following information. Go to UPSers.com and log in – Click the “Learn More” button on the COVID-19 section located just below the main header.
    Apr 02, 2020
    The Teamsters Local 89 Executive Board has passed a resolution calling for all employers to provide paid sick leave for workers who do not currently have it, enhance health and safety procedures, provide more open information to workers, and provide increased compensation as a show of appreciation to the essential workers who are keeping America running during this crisis.
    Apr 01, 2020
    Stimulus Bill (Phase 3) The "Phase 3" stimulus bill which originated in the US Senate has now passed the US House and has been signed by the President.
    Mar 26, 2020
    Last evening the US Senate passed a bipartisan stimulus bill aimed at helping the American people during the COVID-19 crisis. While this bill must still pass the US House of Representatives and be signed by the President, it is likely to do so.
    Mar 24, 2020
    As a result of Kentucky’s escalating response to the COVID-19 outbreak and for the health and wellbeing of our members and staff, Local 89 will be temporarily changing our operations. While Local 89 will continue our day to day business, we will be limiting entry into the union hall to staff only.
    Mar 24, 2020
    As industries such as gaming and carhaul are temporarily shutting down, members and the general public who are out of work should be aware of the Government Assistance available to them during this national emergency.
    Mar 24, 2020
    Please read this informative release from TeamCare about their COVID-19 coverage. Please pay particular attention to the section about TELADOC, a phone/video physician program, as a Teladoc diagnosis is one of the qualifying conditions for being provided short-term disability for COVID-19 quarantines.
    Mar 24, 2020
    We have long said that Teamster members are the backbone of America, and that without us, the country cannot function. The COVID-19 outbreak has revealed that to be an absolute truth.
    Mar 24, 2020
    This morning we received a Memorandum of Understanding negotiated between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and UPS on a nationwide level.
    Mar 24, 2020
    he following is an update we received from a TeamCare representative regarding members covered under the plan who have been ordered into quarantine as a result of exposure to COVID-19, but have not been officially diagnosed with COVID-19 itself.
    Mar 24, 2020
    Over the past several days Teamsters Local 89 UPS Air Agents have been in frequent communication with management at UPS Worldport to ask questions and ascertain what the Company is planning to do to better protect their workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    Mar 24, 2020
    As of now, Teamsters Local 89 will continue its full operations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Operations will continue subject to any future federal and/or state order.
    Mar 24, 2020
    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Local 89 Retirees Building located next door to our Union Hall will be closed effective immediately and until further notice. This decision was made in consideration of the health and safety of our retired members.
    Mar 24, 2020
    As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation continues to develop, we are seeing individuals across the country being quarantined who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, but have possibly been exposed to it as a result of a diagnosed family member, etc
    Mar 24, 2020
    As mentioned yesterday in our initial comments about the Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, Teamsters Local 89 has been working to determine what steps are being taken by employers to protect our members health and safety during this outbreak.
    Mar 24, 2020
    Over the last forty-eight hours we have seen a rapid evolution of the situation in Kentucky and the rest of the United States involving COVID-19, known more generally as the Coronavirus.


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