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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Out-of-Work (OWL) or Disability/Injury Dues, the applicant must be a current member of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and at time of incident or occurrence for a minimum of (1) one year. Hardship/Disaster has no minimum and is at the discretion of the Committee.

A member should have no outstanding fines or assessments.

A member should have all outstanding Membership Union Participation (MUP) requirements for the previous calendar fulfilled.

Rules

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

Applications must be submitted by the 15th of the month for consideration by the Member Assistance Program Committee.

Qualifying members will receive a payment of up to $599.00 per verified claim(s) related to the hardship/disaster. However, this payment amount is subject to the discretion of the Member Assistance Program Committee.

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.

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

All applicants MUST provide an itemized list of supporting documentation (i.e. a 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

Out of Work Dues Assistance:

The member must be on the OWL at least three (3) months prior to their MAP application date, be available for work and have a maximum of two (2) declines.   Members must comply with the Council’s Job Referral Procedure, with regard to renewing their OWL status. If a member falls into arrears during the three months he or she is applying for assistance and is therefore removed from the OWL, he or she will still be eligible for assistance. Funds will be paid in one 6-month payment, paid directly to the respective Local. A member is allowed one claim within a 12-month period.

Disability Injury Dues Assistance:

After three (3) months of disability or being out of work due to disability or injury, and with supporting documentation, a member becomes eligible for dues reimbursement for up to 12 months. Funds will be paid in one 12-month payment, paid directly to the respective Local.

Hardship Disaster Relief: 

Assistance due to a catastrophic event, such as fire, flood, etc. or for hardship due to an injury, illness or death of a member or a member’s immediate family (wife, husband, son, daughter, step-son or step-daughter).  Members are required to provide proof of hardship or catastrophic event. Qualifying members will receive payment of up to $599 per verified claim(s) related to a hardship/disaster.

Funeral Expense Reimbursement:

Assistance due to the death of an active member (journeyman or apprentice). The family of a qualifying member would be eligible for a donation towards funeral expenses of up to $3,000

A copy of the death notice must be submitted upon assistance request for committee consideration.

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

 

EAS Carpenters Member Assistance Program Board

Troy Singleton

Lee Manges

Mike Welsh

Mike Campbell

Bob Hopkins

HOW DO I APPLY?

 

Review the Plan Description below 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

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.

If you have questions about this program, please feel free to contact Troy Singleton at 215-569-1634 or tsingleton@eascarpenters.org