Like most employees,
union workers in California are entitled to receive compensation for their medical bills
and lost wages under their employer’s
workers’ compensation insurance in the event that they should become injured or ill in connection
with their occupation. With that being said, union workers are often afforded
more rights and protections than traditional “at-will” employees
under to the terms of their collective bargaining agreement, with some
workers even being entitled to receive additional benefits under their
Union Welfare Fund.
What Is a Union Welfare Fund?
Many labor unions include a “Union Welfare Fund” or some other
similar program included in the terms of their labor contracts which consist
of funds contributed by employers and managed by union trustees. These
funds are paid to workers in addition to traditional workers’ comp
for a wide range of purposes, including:
- Work-related injuries
- Health care
- Dental care
- Paid leave
- Disability payments
- Life insurance
What Other Privileges Can Injured Union Workers Receive?
Union workers are subject to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement,
also known as a labor contract, which sets forth certain rights regarding
wages, working hours, grievance reporting procedures, and other rights
that employers must honor. In many cases, workers’ compensation
provisions within these agreements are the same as those found in state
law, though variations may occur which give workers added protections
allowing them to retain their positions while they recuperate from their injuries.
In many cases, union representatives may be willing to help injured workers
obtain compensation through their collective bargaining agreements and
provide invaluable information concerning such benefits. Union representatives
may also be able to request information from employers that may assist
in workers compensation claims, including:
- Safety records
- Data regarding toxic substances
- Prior workplace injuries
Injured On the Job? Call (888) 740-6434
If you are a union worker and have been injured on the job, it is highly
advised you work with both your union representative and your attorney
in order to maximize your benefits. At Pacific Workers’ Compensation
Law Center, our Oakland workers’ comp lawyers are intimately familiar
with the unique legal needs of injured union workers and can provide the
strong advocacy you need to secure every penny’s worth of your entitled
benefits. Having been guarding the rights of the injured for more than
60 years combined, our team of advocates can help you secure the financial
and medical benefits you need to recover as smoothly as possible.
Call (888) 740-6434 today to discuss your claim in full detail.