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UAW member gets assistance after job loss

After a recent job loss, UAW member Beau Bittner found relief from financial stress by turning to the Union Plus Job Loss Grant for assistance. 

UAW member gets assistance after job loss

When loyal union member Beau Bittner found himself facing financial stress after losing his automaker factory job, he found a source of relief in his union hall – the Union Plus Job Loss Grant. Learn more about how Bittner caught a break

Beau Bittner, a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW), worked on the line at an automaker factory in Louisville, Kentucky doing torque inspections and ensuring the quality of big-name trucks and SUVs. He comes from a long line of union members and is heavily involved in his UAW local union.

“While it could feel like back-breaking work, the thing that I loved about my job was the union: it’s like family,” says Bittner. “It made going to work a pleasure every day.”

Bittner, who is the father of a young son, lost his job in early 2020. He faced an immediate loss in income, forced to become nimble about saving and finding extra dollars anywhere he could. Then, he caught a break.

“I was in our union hall, and I saw a flyer with information on the Job Loss Grant for Union Plus Credit Cardholders1,” Bittner recalls. “I started Iooking into it right away.”

The Union Plus Job Loss Grant provides a $500 payment to eligible Union Plus Credit Cardholders who have been laid off or experienced an involuntary job loss2

Bittner used his job loss grant to pay immediate bills and keep his household going through this tough time.

“When I experienced a job loss, knowing that Union Plus was there for me and my family was so helpful,” Bittner says. 

The Union Plus Credit Card program is available to dues-paying members of participating unions and retired union members, as well as eligible family members3. The program offers several card options. Whichever card you choose, after three months as a cardholder, you may be eligible to apply for hardship grants. 

Find the Union Plus Credit Card that is right for you at theunioncard.com.

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1Credit approval required. Terms and conditions apply. The Union Plus Credit Card is issued by Capital One, N.A. pursuant to a license by Mastercard International Incorporated. 

2Certain restrictions, limitations and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be obtained at unionplus.org/assistance.

3Family members of members of the following unions are not eligible for the Union Plus Credit Card: ALPA, ATU, CSEA, CWA, CWA-NABET, CWA-TNG, NNU, UWUA.