Member benefits assistance for job interruption
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In tough times, the following AFT + Member Benefits programs through Union Plus offer tools to help stretch your household budget. In addition, members who participate in certain AFT + benefits may be eligible for direct financial assistance in the event of work interruptions. For more information and eligibility, see www.unionplus.org/hardship.
Credit and budget counseling: Nonprofit consumer credit counseling staff from Money Management International can help members prioritize bills and look at their budgets with an eye to stretching existing resources. www.unionplus.org/creditcounseling or 877-833-1745
In addition, MMI’s blog offers online tips and resources for financial survival during job interruptions or layoffs:
- How to Safeguard Your Finances
- Money Tips during a Work Stoppage
- Setting Priorities When the Money Gets Tight
Legal program: This basic legal program offers members a free half-hour consultation with an attorney by phone. More complex matters, like traffic court or estate planning, are discounted by 25 percent. www.unionplus.org/legal
Save My Home Hotline: These are consumer credit counselors who are certified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to offer help and advice on how to negotiate with your mortgage lender to avoid foreclosure. The service is absolutely free and confidential. www.unionplus.org/savemyhome or 866-490-5361
Free prescription discount card: www.unionplus.org/rxcard
Free college: This benefit program is available for members and their families. It offers multiple online associate degree programs and several certificate programs from an accredited community college. Applicants must complete a financial aid request as part of their application; however, even if they receive no financial aid, there will be no cost for tuition, fees or e-texts. www.unionplusfreecollege.org or 888-590-9009
Direct financial assistance programs
Job interruption/job loss benefits tied to program participation: Please see the Union Plus hardship website for eligibility requirements for assistance available to members who use the benefits listed below.
- Credit card: Members who have an AFT/Union Plus credit card may be eligible for a $300 job loss grant. In addition, there is a program hotline for members to check eligibility for other hardship payment benefits: 800-551-2873.
- Mortgage: If you have a Union Plus Mortgage, you may be eligible to apply for zero-interest loans that can cover your mortgage payment for up to six months, as well as a $1,000 one-time grant.
- Personal loan: Members who have a Union Plus personal loan and experience job loss may be eligible for a one-time $300 grant.
For more information about these and other hardship benefits, visit: www.unionplus.org/hardship.
For more information on all your AFT member benefits, visit www.aft.org/benefits.