Making Workers' Compensation Work Right for Minnesota's Union Construction Industry

- TRADE UNION MEMBER INFORMATION


Due to high insurance costs, frustration with the state-run system and lengthy litigation of workers' compensation claims, leaders of management and labor sponsoring organizations in the construction industry succeeded in having the 1995 Minnesota legislature create a law allowing them to develop a binding alternative claim administration system through collective bargaining.

In 1997 a joint labor-management Board of Trustees began an alternative program for Minnesota: the Union Construction Workers' Compensation Program (UCWCP).

The Program provides a confidential and neutral resource about issues related to work injuries to contractors and their injured employees. The Program ensures that injured union employees will receive high-quality medical care and the proper benefits available under Minnesota law -- on time and without hassles or litigation.

The Program is another fringe benefit negotiated by your union, but allows for voluntary participation by contractors. YOU ARE COVERED BY THE PROGRAM IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A TRADE UNION THAT IS A sponsoring organization AND WERE INJURED WHILE WORKING FOR A participating contractor.

PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS

If at any time you do not feel comfortable about how your work injury claim is progressing through the system, or you have unanswered questions, simply call the program's facilitator. The facilitator will attempt to resolve any problems within 10 working days.

How to Contact the Dispute Resolution Facilitator:

Elliot Herland

Direct: (952) 851-3501
Fax: (952) 851-3566
Toll-Free: (800)535-6373
Reception: (952)854-0795
E-mail: eherland@wilson-mcshane.com

For more information, here are answers to frequently asked questions.