Resources for Specialty Foods Group Workers

Upcoming Rapid Response Workshops
The Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity will be holding rapid response workshops at the plant (4551 W. Adams) on Wednesday 2/26.
Schedule by language follows:
English – 9am and 3:30 pm in the conference room
Polish – 1pm and 2pm in the Maintenance Lunch Room
Spanish – 10:30am and 1pm in QA Training, 2:15 and 3:30 in the Employee Lunch Room

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.

  • Severance will not impact unemployment insurance.
  • You should register with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and file online the day after your store closes.
  • You should opt for direct deposit.

Please Note: Unemployment insurance will only last for 26 weeks. There are no more extensions for unemployment so plan accordingly.

 

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT (WIA) DISLOCATED WORKER PROGRAM
The WIA program is a federal program providing FREE career counseling, job search assistance and skills training grants to workers affected by a layoff. Laid off workers can receive one on one assistance with their job search, access training grants to learn new skills or change careers, and referrals to employers and partner agencies.

Some of the many services available include:

  • Resume writing
  • Interview Preparation
  • Learning how to beat online application systems
  • Assessment testing
  • Job Search Skills Workshops
  • Resource Rooms with computers, internet, and copiers
  • Referrals to employers who are hiring and working with the Center
  • Job leads specific to WIA customers

WIA services are available state wide at Illinois workNet Centers. Service area is determined by residency and location of job layoff. In order to receive services, job seekers must attend a WIA Program Orientation and provide proof of layoff to register for the one on one services. Every WIA agency has orientation at different times so please make sure you call ahead of time to schedule an appointment. See the CFL Workers Assistance Committee and Illinois workNet info below to learn more and to find the location closest to you.

 

JOB RESOURCES

Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee
CFL Workers Assistance Committee is a registered Illinois workNet Center providing WIA services to laid off workers who live in Cook County or who were laid off from a job located in Cook County. We connect laid off job seekers to employers throughout Chicagoland. We offer programs and one on one assistance to give job seekers the tools and training they need to be successful in their job search. Employers tap into our pool of skilled and screened workers who have the work experience to contribute to a company’s growth. We have two locations serving job seekers in Downtown Chicago and Westchester (290 and Mannheim). For more information or to schedule an Orientation please contact us at either location or via email:

Chicago (312) 565-9431
Westchester (708) 344-3539
info@cflwac.org

Tips to prepare for layoff

Illinois workNet Center
The Illinois workNet Center has trained staff  to assist you in finding resources for your job search, career preparation, and work support such as financial aid, child care and much more. This is a free service for Illinois residents.

Illinois Job Link
Illinois Job Link provides you the tools to perform advanced job searches, build and post an online resume and receive email updates about job opportunities.

 

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE
Continuing coverage options include:

  • You may continue your current healthcare coverage by paying for COBRA through the UFCW Midwest Health Benefits Fund. Click here for COBRA Rates for 2014.
  • Health insurance is available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Purchase of coverage through ACA may entitle you to a subsidized (reduced) monthly premium. You can get more information at GetCoveredIllinois.gov.
  • You may contact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Directly (for Illinois residents) to obtain information of their options available under ACA at www.bcbsil.com/ufcwmidwest/ or call 866-514-8044. Blue Cross is one of two insurers offering coverage under ACA.
  • You may contact the Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee for ACA questions and enrollment. They have on site navigators who can assist with direct enrollment. Call their Chicago Office at 312-565-9431 or their Westchester Office at 708-344-3539.

Family Care: Health insurance for parents and certain caretaker relatives living with children 18 or younger in Illinois. Call 1-866-255-5437 or visit www.familycareillinois.com

All Kids: Health insurance coverage for Illinois children 18 or younger, regardless of family income. Call 1-866-244-5437 or visit www.allkids.com

Illinois Cares Rx: Offers Illinois’ low-income seniors and persons with disabilities prescription drug assistance to avoid high out-of-pocket expenses and gaps in coverage created by the Medicare Part D program. Call 1-800-252-8966 or visit www.illinoiscaresrx.com

Illinois Rx Buying Club: Helps anyone save an average of 24% on hundreds of prescription drugs. Call 1-866-215-3462 or visit www.IllinoisRxBuyingClub.com

Health benefits for Workers with Disabilities: Working individuals with a disability to pay a low monthly premium and receive full medical benefits. Call 1-800-226-0768 or visit www.hbdwillinois.com

 

ILLINOIS FORECLOSURE PREVENTION NETWORK
The Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network includes housing counseling agencies and other organizations that are helping thousands of Illinoisans keep their homes. This site will help you locate them in your area. These services are free.

 

NATIONAL HUNGER CLEARINGHOUSE
The National Hunger Clearinghouse collects and distributes information about programs that address the immediate and long-term needs of struggling families and individuals. The National Hunger Hotline (1-866-3 HUNGRY or 1-866-348-6479), refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance.

 

LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help eligible low income households pay for winter energy service.

 

UNION PLUS LAYOFF ASSISTANCE
Union Plus offers a variety of services to union members who have been laid off including job loss grants, mortgage assistance and more.

 

UFCW REPRESENTED MEAT PACKING AND PROCESSING PLANTS IN CHICAGO

Aspen Foods
Chicago Meat Authority
Columbus Meat Market
Crawford Sausage Company
Daily Meat Supply
Ex-Cel Corned Beef Company
Great Western Beef Company
Henry Kaminski Meats
International Meat Company
John Hofmeister & Son
Kelly Corned Beef Company
Makowski’s Real Sausage Company
Moesle Meat Company
Nealey Foods
Nicholas Quality Meats
Northwest Meat Company
Rose Packing Company
Ryan Meat Company
Sam’s Meat Company
Vienna Sausage Manufacturing Company
Wichita Packing Company
Winston Sausage