The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters website is the gateway of information for our members. Pension, insurance, and benefits information, voter registration, political action, organizing, and safety programs.
If you lose your insurance coverage: An important thing to remember about Continuation Coverage is that if you lose your regular Carpenters health plan coverage due to insufficient work hours, you are eligible to continue the same coverage you had while actively working, or select alternative coverage with reduced benefits. If you lose your continuation coverage, but your spouse's employer offers insurance, the HIPAA law gives you the right within 30 days to get covered through special enrollment at any time of the year without waiting for the open enrollment period.
The AFL-CIO is a federation of 55 distinct unions. Their website has many resources. They strive to build and support the rights of working people and fight to vanquish social and economic injustice for members and non-members alike.
We are affiliated with The Lake County Building Construction Trades Council. Visit their website today.
The Chicago Federation of Labor is the central labor body for more than 300 Chicago-area unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. The membership of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations unions exceeds 500,000. The main objective of the CFL is to stand up for working men and women by supporting organizing efforts to ensure that workers' rights are upheld both on the job and in the courts.
What about the "Right to Work"? The same forces that are giving tax breaks to the rich, and planning to reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits, are moving to make Right to Work a nation-wide policy, overriding states' rights to make their own labor decisions. What would this mean? See how Right to Work hurts workers.
Worker's Compensation laws have been weakened in 33 states, including Illinois. We have new guidebooks that explain your rights. Get experienced counsel in case of injury. Learn more.
Tired of Smoking? Quit For Life!
Dear Participant and Family Members:
The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund is excited to offer the Quit For Life Program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing. The Quit For Life Program is the nation's leading tobacco cessation program. The program helps people overcome their physical, psychological, and behavioral addiction to tobacco using a seamlessly integrated mix of medication support, phone-based cognitive-behavioral coaching, and web-based learning and social support.
If you join the Quit For Life Program, you can create a Quitting Plan that is designed to meet your individual needs and provide you with as much help as you need, when you need it. You will have access to an online learning and social support community, a printed workbook, nicotine replacement therapy support, and toll-free access to dedicated Quit Coaches who are always ready to offer you expert support.
The Quit For Life Program is provided free of charge to you and your eligible dependents age 18 and older. This program will teach you the techniques and provide the tools needed to be ready, both physically and emotionally, to quit using tobacco for life.
Call 1 (866) QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454) to register. When you call, it will be necessary to identify yourself as a member of the "Chicago Carpenters." You must be eligible for benefits at the time of your enrollment. Quit For Life personnel are available to answer your questions and guide you through the process. You can do this.