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

- UNION CONTRACTOR 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.

A NOTE ABOUT INSURANCE

The UCWCP is NOT a provider of workers’ compensation insurance. The Program allows contractors to work with any insurance agent. In addition, the trustees have partnered with certain workers' compensation insurance companies, self-insured funds, and third-party administrators to provide workers’ compensation coverage for our Participating Contractors. These sponsoring Insurance Providers agree to follow specific claim service guidelines for our contractors and their injured employees. In addition, they are required to offer direct premium credits to our contractors to off-set membership fees.

PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS

If at any time you do not feel comfortable about how your employee’s 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