Union Workers Have Different Rights for Workers Compensation
We understand that when you are suffering from injuries and losing pay after a workplace accident or because of an illness produced by working conditions, you need all the help you can get. The good news is that if you are a union worker, you may qualify not only for regular workers‘ compensation, but also for additional financial assistance from your union.
We want you to know that—as people from union families ourselves—we care about what has happened to you and stand ready to help you obtain the fullest benefits possible from your workers compensation claim while also taking advantage of any additional rights and services available from your union.
How your union membership can help
As an ongoing member in good standing of your union, you have earned all the assistance they can provide. Our goal is to ensure that you get the full benefits of union membership. A key responsibility of the unions is to negotiate and confirm collective bargaining agreements that supply different kinds of benefits to union workers, sometimes including better financial and job-protection coverage than standard workers’ compensation provides when you are injured on the job. The lawyers at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano work with injured clients to identify the services that are available from your union and the particular union officials who can help you take advantage of them.
The following are just some of the types of union assistance you may be able to use:
- Investigating your accident — Union officials may have the legal right to obtain information that could be helpful in supporting your workers’ compensation claim. Workplace safety records and data about dangerous substances in use at your worksite can be especially useful if your employer tries to deny your claim.
- Keeping your job — Regular workers’ compensation laws do not necessarily require your employer to hold your job open while you are out due to your injuries. But your union contract may place restrictions on your employer replacing you at this time.
- Collecting all your benefits — Union officials know about all the benefits in the contract the union approved. We work with them to ensure that you get everything to which you are entitled.
Union Services Access (USA) Our attorney Sam Pond is President of Union Services Access (USA), a network of experienced experts in job site safety, continuing education, politics, and law. Union Services Access promotes solidarity among unions for the benefit of members and their families. We educate union members on their legal rights, promote safety management, advocate for legislation that impacts quality of life issues, and highlight political candidates who support the goals of America’s labor movement. To find out more about Union Services Access, please visit www.unionsa.org
Our attorneys work closely with your union representative and union officials to make sure you can effectively take advantage of the added leverage union collective bargaining agreements provide in your situation. Contact the union-friendly workers’ compensation lawyers online at Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano or call 215-568-7500 today to schedule your FREE consultation.