Member Stories

UAW Member Sleeps Easier with Union Plus Job Loss Grant

When UAW member Gary Franklin found himself sidelined from his job by health issues, he knew he could turn to his Union Plus Credit Card for hardship help. He was eligible to apply for the Union Plus Job Loss Grant.

Gary Franklin is a United Automobile Workers (UAW) member who worked for a major U.S. automaker in Detroit for 12 years. He liked his job building transmissions before health problems sidelined him.

Recently, Franklin developed some health issues and realized he could not continue his job without some serious medical attention. 

“I was having trouble sleeping at night,” he recalls. “I was out of work for a while.”

Thanks to his union membership, Franklin has been a Union Plus Credit Cardholder1 for many years. When he had to take indefinite time off from his job, he called the credit card’s customer service line and was told that he might be eligible for the Union Plus Job Loss Grant2

The Union Plus Job Loss Grant helps eligible union members who carry the Union Plus Credit Card by providing them with $300 to help cover bills and living expenses while they’re out of work.

“It was really easy to fill out the application,” remembers Franklin. “I really was able to sleep better.”

Franklin used his Job Loss Grant to cover bills. 

“The Job Loss Grant is good to have if you meet the [eligibility] requirements,” says Franklin. “I absolutely recommend getting the Union Plus Credit Card.”

“Union Plus—they try to help you out, you know?” Franklin continues. “They try to see that you can get your bills paid.”

To learn more about the Union Plus Credit Card and its benefits, visit theunioncard.com
 

1 Union Plus Credit Cards are issued by Capital One, N.A. pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated.
2 Certain restrictions, limitations and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be obtained at https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/job-loss-grant.