The unemployment letter from the Local is available under the Member Resources area of this website.
You must log in to access the information.
Log in information:
Username is your IBEW card number
Password is your last name followed by the last 4 digits of your social security number, no spaces. Ex. Smith9999
If you have changed your password and don't remember what it is, call the hall at 419-666-8920 between the
hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm, (Monday through Friday) and we will provide you with your password.
Below is the Mass Layoff Instruction Sheet from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The Mass Layoff number is 2000180. If you have questions call their office at 1-866-962-4064.
Below is a Memorandum regarding Unemployment Benefits from Sean McGarvey, President of the North America
Building Trades. Page 3 lists examples specific to the trades.
MEMO from Sear McGarvey - NABTU
UIA UPDATE (posted 4/2/2020)
We appreciate the patience all Michigan residents have shown with the unemployment system over the last few
weeks as we continue to provide emergency assistance during this historical demand. We have seen over a 3,500%
increase in claims in just two and a half weeks.
- If your claim was denied because you were “in school” (some apprentices have experienced this) you will be deemed eligible very shortly if not already. Your old determination will be cleared and a new redetermination will be made or is in the process of being made. Please keep your eye on your online MiWAM account for correspondence or to check your payment was released. You will also likely receive a letter in the mail, however our mail has been back logged.
- Those who have exhausted their benefits (all 20 weeks) and filed their original claim since March, 15th 2019 (still in your benefit year) need to reopen their claim through their online MiWAM account. Some workers may have been denied because the system was not yet updated and was reading that they had exhausted, theyare now eligible for up to 6 additional weeks. Once UIA implements the federal CARES Act they will be eligibleor an additional 13 weeks and will receive the $600 weekly benefit assistance.
- Everyone currently receiving UI benefits or soon to be during this crisis is allowed the 13 additional weeks (total of 39) and $600 weekly on top of what they otherwise are owed as soon as the UIA is able to implement thefederal CARES program. The 13 additional weeks are available until Dec. 31, 2020. The $600 weekly assistance are available until July 31st, 2020. The $600 will be automatically applied to your benefits, no further action is needed. Continue to certify as usual.
The Agency is awaiting guidance from the USDOL on the CARES program, we expect the $600 and 13 week additions
will be active sometime the week of 4/6. Please check our website or social media pages for updates.
Don’t forget to file your claim by your last name! We will start offering Saturday claim filing by phone
THIS Saturday 4/4 from 7am-2pm.
Michigan Governor Announces New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks.
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) will provide additional guidance regarding eligibility and application details in the coming days as it implements these new programs.
Benefits Extended to Self-Employed, Low-Wage, and Other Workers Affected by COVID-19
Under the CARES Act, individuals who are not already eligible for Michigan’s unemployment programs will now be provided a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months on top of the state benefit. Benefits are available for up to 39 weeks. These newly eligible individuals include self-employed workers, independent contractors, low-wage workers and those with a limited work history.
Benefits Increased for All Unemployed Workers
Under the CARES Act, weekly benefits for all unemployed workers will be increased by a set amount of $600 a week for up to four months. This applies to workers already in the unemployment system and eligible employees about to apply. These workers do not need to reapply and those about to apply do not need to take additional steps and should file as usual. If a worker’s application has previously been denied by the UIA in the past three weeks there is no need for them to reapply at this time. They will be notified by the agency with any additional action that may need to be taken.
The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether a worker receives benefits or their benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19. The eligibility window to apply has also been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage.
New Filing Schedule:
Online Filing Schedule - Michigan.gov/UIA. Workers are encouraged to go online during off-peak times between 8PM-8AM
- Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
- Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to file claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
- Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
Call Center Filing Schedule - 866-500-0017:
- Last names beginning with letters A-L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00am – 5:00pm.
- Last names beginning with letters M-Z are asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:00am – 5:00pm.
- Fridays (8:00am – 5:00pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
For more information visit Michigan.gov/UIA
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
Please see the attached FAQ's about Ohio and Michigan IBEW Construction Employment during COVID-19 Based
on information available as of March 24, 2020.
There is also a link from the Ohio Job & Family Services website regarding unemployment claims for union members.
State of Ohio
OH UNEMPLOYMENT COVID-19 MASS LAYOFF NUMBER 2000180
State of Michigan
Claiming UI Benefit In Michigan
If you have lost your job during the coronavirus outbreak, you can apply for unemployment assistance by clicking here.
You can find a full, step-by-step guide on how to file a claim by clicking here.