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Member Services & Discounts

In addition to your negotiated hourly wage and union representation, there are many benefits available to you as a member in good standing of Laborers' International Union, Local 563 including the following:

 

Minnesota AFL-CIO

175 Aurora Ave St. Paul, MN 55103

Phone: 651-227-7647 Fax: 651-227-3801

“A STRONG UNITED VOICE FOR MINNESOTA’S WORKING PEOPLE”

Minnesota Laborers' Fringe Benefit Funds
c/o Zenith American Solutions


For information pertaining to your Vacation, Pension and Health/Welfare Funds, contact Zenith American Solutions.

 

Please note that you must contact Zenith with any changes to your address, phones number(s), dependent(s) or beneficiary. It is your responsibility to assure they have the correct informaiton on file.

Main Switchboard 651-256-1800
Toll Free 800-814-4240
Fax 651-256-1901
Website www.zenith-american.com
Provider Directory www.laborcareonline.com

Physical Address
2520 Pilot Knob Road
Suite 325
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Mailing Address
PO Box 124
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0124


Unemployment Benefits

 

When applying for unemployment benefits in Minnesota, the application form asks whether an applicant has received "vacation pay". In the past, there has been some confusion by Minnesota Laborers who receive their annual or special payouts from the Minnesota Laborers' Vacation Fund around the same time that they apply for unemployment benefits. When completing the application form, if a Laborer answers "yes", that they have received "vacation pay", their unemployment benefits are delayed or denied.

 

In the recent decision, Auren v DEED, A05-606 (March 28, 2006), the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined that a withdrawal from the Minnesota Laborers' Vacation Fund does notaffect eligibility for unemployment benefits because:

  • Laborers' Vacation Fund withdrawals are made at the request of the member;
  • Laborers' Vacation Fund withdrawals are made out of the member's own account;
  • Laborers' Vacation Fund withdrawals are wages already earned by the employee and already taxed
  • Laborers' Vacation Fund withdrawals are made regardless of whether the member is laid off or working.

Therefore, Laborers' Vacation Fund withdrawals do not meet the definition of "vacation pay" under Minnesota law.

 

Union Plus

Union Plus was created by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to provide union members and their families with high-quaility consumer benefits and services. No dues money goes into the development and operation of any Union Privilege programs. Instead, Union Privilege uses the collective purchasing strength of over 13 millions members of AFL-CIO unions to develop programs that provide more quality, value and service than comparable programs available to the general public. These programs include, but ar not limited to the following: Mortgage Program, Credit Card, Loans, Car Rental Discounts, Legal Service and Insurance Programs.

 

Go to www.unionplus.org for more information.

 

Building Trades Credit Union

 

BTCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, serving the men and women in the building and construction trades and their families since 1957. Services offered to members include: checking & savings accounts, loans, low interest VISA card, investments, and more.

 

Go to www.buildingtradesCU.com or call (763) 315-3888 for more information.


College Scholarships

 

There are a number of scholarship programs available to union members and their dependents.


Laborers' Local 563 Scholarship: 10 - $1000 awards to qualified applicants. See list of requirements.

 

AFL-CIO Scholarship Program: There are a number of awards available to applicants meeting eligibility requirements. (Contact the Union Office for an application.)

 

Visit Union Plus Scholarship Program for an application and requirements or contact the Union Office.

 

Visit Building Trades Credit Union Scholarship for an application and requirements.

 

WellStaff EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

“We’re here to assist you … in restoring balance to your work and home life.”

 

Employee Assistance Program specializes in assisting union members with any of the following challenging life issues: Relationship Issues, Parent/Child, Problem Drinking and/or Drug Abuse, Gambling, Family Violence, Loss and Grief, Financial Crises, Depression, Concern over Aging Parents, Job Stress, Legal, and more Phone: 651-430-3383 Toll Free: 888-243-5744.

 

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Apply for unemployment benefits online or by telephone. Phone: 651-296-3644 (Twin Cities) Toll Free: 877-898-9090 (Greater Minnesota)

American Pride Home Services

The American Pride Family of companies provide individuals, families and organizations a One-Stop Shop for all their real estate, insurance and financial needs.”


Mortgage Services, Retirement Planning, Real Estate Services, Annuities, Life Insurance, Disability Income Protection, and Home Construction

 

10153 University Ave Blaine, MN 55434 Phone: 763-783-0796 Fax: 763-783-0798.