We all need a helping hand from time to time. As members of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, you can apply for assistance through our Member Assistance Program (MAP). Under this program, members can qualify for assistance with dues or costs incurred as a result of a catastrophic event.

HOW DO I APPLY?

 

Review the plan description to see if you meet the Eligibility Requirements.

Download the Member Assistance Program Application here.

Complete and submit along with supporting documents to MAP@eascarpenters.org.  You may also apply for assistance in person at any Local office near you or by mailing in the application and supporting documents to:

 

 

Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

Member Assistance Program

91 Fieldcrest Avenue, Suite A-18

Edison, NJ 08837

Eligibility and Rules

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive assistance, the applicant must be a current and active member of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and should have no outstanding fines or assessments. Members must be in good standing to apply.

 

Rules

A member is allowed only one claim within a 12-month period, per category.

An EAS Carpenters Local may bring a claim on behalf of a member who meets the eligibility requirement and payment of those claims is subject to the discretion of the Member Assistance Program Committee.

Claims must be made within one (1) year of hardship/disaster.

All applicants MUST provide an itemized list of supporting documentation (i.e. worker’s compensation, disability award with dates, doctor’s notes, insurance claims, photos, etc.) and a letter describing the hardship in order for their application to be deemed complete and subject to review.

Appeals of any assistance denial must be submitted in writing within thirty (30) days of the date of the Member Assistance Program decision. Appeals will be decided by a designated subcommittee of the Member Assistance Program Committee.

 

 

Assistance Categories:

Tier 1 – Up to $1,000 and 6-months dues

In order to qualify for tier 1 assistance, a member must be out of work for at least 6 months and on the out of work list (Mix2020) without dropping off and

not have refused any work. The member will receive $1,000- and 6-months dues.

Tier 2- $2,500 and 6-months dues

The following circumstances would qualify a member for tier 2 assistance: Motor vehicle accident, severe or debilitating sickness, or temporary disability. The member will receive $2,500 and 6-months dues.

Tier 3 -$2,500 – $5,000 and 6-months dues

For tier 3 assistance, a disastrous event must have occurred such as the loss of a home due to fire or flooding, the loss of a spouse or child. The board will review on a case-by-case basis and make a monetary determination based upon what’s available in the Fund.

Maternity Leave will be considered under Tier 3; the board will also take into consideration the availability of any State Disability awards.

A) Death Benefit Members: Immediate family members of a deceased member are eligible for up to a $3,000 donation. A death certificate and funeral home statement must be submitted. In addition, the member must be in good standing and an active member. An active member is someone who is defined as active in the UBCJA system and not collecting a carpenter pension.

B) Death Benefit Retired Members: Immediate family members of a deceased retired member are eligible for a death benefit in the amount of $1,000. The member must be in good standing. A death certificate and funeral home statement must be submitted. This amount can be adjusted after the Fund has been built up.

*A copy of the death certificate and receipt of payment must be submitted upon assistance request for committee consideration in both death benefit categories.

  • Assistance in Excess of $5,000: Assistance exceeding $5,000 must be presented to the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Board. Requests for such additional funding shall be decided on a case-by-case

 

All disbursements are subject to the availability of funds and Committee Approval.

 

COVID-19 Related Applications

Please read before applying:

Covid-19 applications will not be processed without proof of reported Jobsite shutdowns directly caused by Covid-19. If you are not out of work related to a Jobsite shutdown, please refer to the MAP application guidelines above.

 

COVID- 19 Application

 

EAS Carpenters Member Assistance Program Board

Pete Gowing

Lee Manges

Mike Welsh

Mike Campbell

Bob Hopkins

Please note: if you are using an older version of your web browser or Adobe Reader, you may not be able to save this online application by using the “Save As” menu. If that occurs please use one of the following methods to submit your application online.

Fill out the online form. After you print a hard copy of the form for your record, scan the application and send it as an attachment using your email software’s instructions.

Using the print function, select “Print to PDF.” This will allow you to print to a file. You can then send that print file as an attachment using your email software’s instructions.

Any questions can be directed to MAP Committee Chairman Pete Gowing at PGowing@eascarpenters.org or sshaughnessy@eascarpenters.org.