Local 705 is proud to announce that Teamster Local 705 members voted nearly unanimously to ensure that qualified laid-off members do not lose health care coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facing a pandemic of epic proportions, the members of Local 705 responded in kind. Some members under threat of layoff were in danger of losing their health care. The leadership and members of Local 705 sprung into action to protect those members and their families by holding a vote today to authorize the use of a portion of the strike fund to ensure certain laid-off members continued to receive health benefits.
An overwhelming number of members – many not under threat of layoff or of losing their health care – showed up to vote to support their fellow brothers and sisters. Of course, Local 705 leadership made sure to protect voters, Local 705 staff, and volunteers by practicing social distancing and maintaining clean areas.
Today is one more example of how we are stronger together. Local 705 will continue to fight for the rights of its members as this pandemic continues.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VISITING THE FUND OFFICE:
If you need to come to the Fund Office for any reason, please call ahead for an appointment (312) 738-2811. Thank you!
FOR PARTICIPANTS OF THE LOCAL 705 HEALTH & WELFARE PLAN:
COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing
The Plan will cover diagnostic testing (as approved or authorized by the FDA) to detect COVID-19 at no cost to Plan participants.
From March 18 through September 30, 2020, the Plan will cover in-network Telehealth visits for the same cost sharing amount as doctor’s office visits. Your visit does not need to be related to COVID-19.
Teamsters Local 705 is committed to making sure we are doing everything we can to ensure your safety as the Coronavirus spreads across the United States and Chicago. PLEASE BE AWARE that the Local 705 I.B.T Health and Welfare Fund will provide diagnostic testing for COVID-19, when medically necessary and consistent with CDC guidelines, at ZERO cost to participants and their families. We will keep you abreast of the situation as developments arise, such as how you can determine if you qualify for Coronavirus testing.