Four IAM members each received a $500 grant as part of the Union Plus Union SAFE (Security.Assistance.Financial Education) College Savings program.
Brothers Halbert Chinn of Local 289 in Seattle; Sam Cicinelli of Local 701 in Chicago; James Elliott of Local 777, St. Louis; and Ruperto Lawson of IAM/NFFE Local 1450 in Los Angeles were all awarded grants to help with their college savings goals.
Union SAFE benefits include grant money that does not need to be repaid for qualified union members who are laid off, disabled, on strike, have large hospital bills not covered by insurance, and/or have a 529/education savings account.
“Whether it’s college savings grants or scholarships, mortgage or health care assistance, disaster relief or disability and strike benefits, Union Plus has been there for our members time and time again,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Warren Mart. “Especially in these hard financial times, Union Plus can serve as a safety net for every member and retiree.”
Click here for more information regarding the requirements to receive a Union SAFE College Savings Grant, as well as other services provided by Union Plus.
Union Plus benefits are provided through Union Privilege, which was established by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to provide consumer benefits to members and retirees of participating labor unions. Union Plus is the only labor-backed organization that has developed these innovative programs to give union members the help they need.