Union Plus

Strike Grant for Personal Loan-holders

Union Plus Hardship Assistance

Strike Grant for Personal Loan-holders

Benefit Description

$500 payment to Union Plus Personal Loan-holders who've been on union-sanctioned strike or lockout and meet the requirements below.

  1. You must be a Union Plus Personal Loan-holder in good standing on the date the strike or lockout began.
  2. You must have been a Union Plus Personal Loan-holder for at least six (6) months at the time the strike begins.
  3. You must complete the required application and demonstrate that you have been unemployed due to a union-sanctioned strike or lockout for a minimum of 14 consecutive days within the 24 month period prior to the date that you submit an application for a Strike Grant — and that the strike loss occurred at least six (6) months after you became a Union Plus Personal Loan-holder
  4. You must provide documentation of the date the unemployment commenced due to a union-sanctioned strike or lockout, and proof that the duration of the strike or lockout was at least 14 consecutive days.
How to Apply
  1. Collect and copy the required documentation:
    • Letter from your local union acknowledging a union-sanctioned strike or a lockout lasting 14 days or more within the last 24 months.
  2. Complete the online application form.
  3. Submit your documents through one of the following channels:
    • Upload your documents through our website via the My Forms section of your profile (recommended)
    • Email your application and documents to grants@unionplus.org.
    • Fax your application and document to our secure fax line at 866-481-5568.

      However, if you are unable to use one of those means of getting your application to us, please mail all required documentation to:

      Union Plus Strike Grant
      1100 First St. NE, Suite 850
      Washington, DC 20002
  • Please allow 6-8 weeks for application processing. You will be notified by mail when your application has been approved or denied.
  • If approved for the grant, payment will be made by check and mailed directly to you.

Mailing Instructions: 

  • Please do not send originals. Documents will not be returned to you.
  • All documents should be copied onto 8.5" x 11" paper.
  • Only copy/print one side of paper.
  • Please do not use staples or fasteners. 

Please note: Failure to comply with these instructions will result in significantly delayed processing time.

Grants valued at $600 or more may be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. Therefore, approved recipients receiving grants of $600 or more in a calendar year will receive an IRS Form 1099-MISC in January of the following year.  If the documentation you submitted does not contain your social security number, we will contact you to complete an IRS W-9 form.  This document must be returned to our office before we will release a grant payment exceeding $600. Please keep your eye on your email inbox for this important request.


Please visit our Union Plus Grants FAQ. Please send additional questions to grants@unionplus.org.

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These hardship assistance grants are provided and administered through the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Plan (“The Plan”).  Certain administrative responsibilities for the Plan have been delegated to Union Privilege. Union Privilege is the non-profit organization established to create and oversee member benefit programs for working families.