"I thought it was a prank or something," says Bradley Thomley, a St. Paul, Minnesota, UFCW member. "I never won anything in my life, you know?"
Thomley had learned he was among the winners of a sweepstakes for Union Plus Mortgage holders, winning $1,000 in the fall of 2020..
Thomley has worked in meatpacking for 28 years. Amid COVID-19, he is diligently working to fill orders, pack meat and ship product with a high level of safety and precision.
"I'm just grateful to have a job," Thomley says.
Across his nearly three decades of service, Thomley has also been a dues-paying UFCW devotee.
"The union is everything [in this profession]," he says. "I'm union proud."
When Thomley and his wife bought their St. Paul home 15 years ago, they turned to Union Plus to finance their loan.
"My wife checked to see if there was a home mortgage option [through Union Plus] and we went for it," recalls Thomley. "Wells Fargo made it very easy."
With financing available through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the Union Plus Mortgage Program helps union members, their parents and their children purchase or refinance their homes while also offering exclusive union member benefits, including gift cards after closing1 and mortgage assistance in times of hardship2.
Thomley's wife encouraged him to enter the mortgage sweepstakes last year.
"I totally lost track of it until I found out I’d won," Thomley says. "When I found out, you know, with all of the crap that's going on in the world today? It was just wonderful."
Thomley decided to use his winnings to resupply on lawn and garden supplies.
"I've always had great feelings about Union Plus, but now? Now I’m going to let everyone know about Union Plus," says Thomley. “The perks of Union Plus just make me love my union even more."
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1Eligible individuals will be sent redemption instructions for the My Mortgage GiftSM award approximately 2 weeks after closing on a new purchase or refinance loan secured by an eligible first mortgage or deed of trust with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (“New Loan”), subject to qualification, approval and closing. The My Mortgage Gift award is not available with The Relocation Mortgage Program® or with any Wells Fargo employee mortgage offer. Only one My Mortgage Gift award is permitted per eligible New Loan. This award cannot be combined with any other award, discount or rebate, except as described in the Terms and Conditions. This award is void where prohibited, transferable, and subject to change or cancellation with no prior notice. Awards may constitute taxable income. Federal, state, and local taxes, and any use of the award not otherwise specified in the Terms and Conditions (available at wellsfargo.com/mymortgageterms and provided at receipt of award) are the sole responsibility of the My Mortgage Gift recipient.
2The Union Plus® Mortgage Assistance Program and Veteran’s Grant are provided and administered through the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Plan (“The Plan”), which is not affiliated with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Additional information about this program and eligibility criteria can be obtained at unionplus.org/assistance. Union Plus® is a registered trademark of Union Privilege.
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