Saturday, February 24, 2001

The Union Works for You!


In addition to getting a strong contract and District Council Benefits, Local 157 members also enjoy other benefits and services.

Your union membership also entitles you to:

Only union members can attend union meetings. Only union members can vote for their local officers, delegates to the district council and vote on other important matters involving your work and the union.

You receive a quarterly publication of Local Connection 157 Newsletter that keeps you informed about union activities at local 157. You also receive The Carpenter a marazine from the District Council and the Carpenter magazine from the International Union.

Children of Local 157 members who are high school seniors have the opportunity to compete for scholarships offered by Local 157 and the NYC District Council.

Our Carpenters School enables members to develop skills to help them perform more effectively on the job, advance their careers and improve their quality of life.

Local 157 provides our members with a free and reduced rate Legal Services Plan. Legal Services are provided by the law office of Robert M Ziskin. Our Legal Service Plan has assisted thousands of active members and retirees with a variety of legal issues, including purchase and sale of a home, drawing up a will, domestic relations credit and consumer problems, tenants rights and other matters not job-related. For more information about the Legal Service Plan telephone the Law Offices of Robert M Ziskin at 631-462-1417 they will be happy to assist you.

Local 157 provides members in good standing with a Sick Fund Benefit. Eligible members are allowed up to 12 weeks of sick pay benefit at $100.00 a week for the year.


  1. Must be a member of Local 157 for three full years
  2. Dues must be paid up-to-date (current quarter)
  3. Member must be out of work for at least 2 full weeks

Documentation Needed:

Member must mail a doctors certificate to Local 157 stating the following:

  • Member’s name
  • Member’s social security number
  • The member is under the doctor’s care and unable to work
  • How long the member will be under the doctor’s care

Important note: Mail original doctors note. No copies or faxes accepted.

When doctors certificate is received Local 157 will mail out an original sick form application to the member. The doctor and member must complete the original sick form and mail it back to the local.

Sick Fund checks are generated and mailed out on the last business day of the month in which your sick form is received. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

You are allowed up to 12 weeks benefit for the year at $100.00 per week, paid monthly ($400.00 per month) up to a 36 week lifetime benefit.

To serve you better, we've created a link for you to claim Unemployment Insurance benefits online. The online application is a secure, simple and efficient way for members to file new Unemployment Insurance claims and claim weekly benefits.

NYC District Council's Welfare Fund provides medical benefits to members, retirees and their families.

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