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IBEW Local 26 Member Embraces Benefits Of Union Membership Card and Union Plus Credit Card

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Union Plus Disability Grant helps IBEW member Curtis Palmore get back on his feet after unexpected illness kept him out of work.

Having worked both with and without labor protections, Curtis Palmore - a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 - has long appreciated the good pay, voice on the job, and solid benefits that comes with carrying a union card. However, when an unexpected illness kept Palmore from working, he discovered that another card - his Union Plus Credit Card - has its rewards as well.

Palmore enjoyed the convenience and low-interest rate of the Union Plus Credit Card, but was surprised to learn that the card is packed with benefits, including the Union Plus Disability Grant, tailor-made for union members. Holders of the Union Plus Credit Card who are unable to work due to illness or injury can apply for a Union Plus Disability Grant of up to $2,700.

"The grant helped me out during a difficult time," says Palmore, from Waynesboro, VA. "It helped me pay bills until I was able to start getting my disability checks. I think it's a good union benefit that not a lot of people know about. I'm glad I learned about it when I did."

The Union Plus Disability Grants, which never need to be repaid, are part of a comprehensive package of Union Plus benefits called Union Plus Assistance.

Union Plus or Teamster Privilege Credit Card cardholders who have had the card for at least three months, have been out of work for at least 90 days, and who experienced a loss of 25 percent or more of household income due to the illness or disability within the past twelve months are eligible.

Furthermore, the application process is designed to offer quick financial help. "The application is easy. There's not a lot of paperwork to deal with, and the turnaround time is pretty fast. "When I got the check in the mail, I really couldn't believe it," says Palmore, who hopes to make a full recovery and return to work.

Palmore, an electrician who has been an IBEW member since 2006, says being part of the labor movement has helped to soften the blow of a sluggish economy that has had a significant effect on his industry. "We have definitely felt an economic slowdown in the last few years, so it's good to know the union is working for us," says Palmore, who has helped spread the word of Union Plus benefits by talking to fellow union members.

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Union members are automatically eligible for their union's Union Plus benefits and you do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Cardholder in order to access your union's Union Plus benefits.

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