A MESSAGE FROM THE
MASON TENDERS’ TRAINING FUND

Mason Tenders’ Training Fund
Live Instructor Led Online Training Courses

As it would be less than responsible under the current conditions to conduct classes in the conventional manner at the school in Long Island City, your Training Fund has found a way to provide you with live Instructor led online training in many of the courses that you and many other members want and need.  And you can do it from home through a method of distance learning.

Through the Zoom platform, members can enter a virtual classroom with a live video view of their Instructor and other class participants, interact with them, ask questions, and more.  In effect, you are in the classroom. And, you can use your home computer, iPad or other tablet, or even your cellphone! All of these devices work with Zoom.

All class registration will be done via email

NO TELEPHONE REGISTRATIONS

Do not call the school to enroll

To register:

  1. If you are already registered on eLocal, skip directly to Step 5.  If not:
  2. On the Local 78 website at: https://www.local78.org/ click on the “E-LOCAL” tab on the right side of the banner at the top of the homepage
  3. On the Members Portal page you will see “PAY DUES. INTERACT. LEARN.”  Just below, you will see an orange tab that says “REGISTER”.  Click on that tab
  4. On the next page, fill in your information to register for eLocal. Once you have registered, your email address will automatically be entered into our database. 
  5. From the email address registered with eLocal, send an email Including your:
    1. Name
    2. Union Book Number 
    3. Class you want to register for
    4. Language of the class
    5. Date and time of class

Send the email to: e-register@mttf.org

FIND THE ONLINE CLASS SCHEDULE HERE

If there is room in the class you chose, you will be sent an email inviting you to a Zoom meeting describing the course and time.  You must then register in Zoom.

A MESSAGE FROM THE
MASON TENDERS’ DISTRICT COUNCIL
TRUST FUNDS

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING NEW HARDSHIP DISTRIBUTION OPTION DUE TO COVID-19

The Board of Trustees has adopted a new Annuity Fund hardship withdrawal option to assist participants during this difficult time while they face unforeseen financial consequences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this option, an active (non-retired) participant may apply for a one-time withdrawal of $10,000 from their account (or their entire account balance, if the balance is less than $10,000). Eligible participants may submit an application to the Fund Office at any time from now until June 10, 2020.

Applications may be submitted by mail to the Fund Office at Mason Tenders’ District Council Trust Funds, 520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10018-4196. Participants will be required to complete a certification along with the application. (Here is a link to the application and certification, or you may send an email to pensionannuity@mtdctrustfunds.org to request that the Fund Office send you the application and certification.) As with all Fund withdrawals, spousal consent will be required if a married participant’s account balance is or at any time was more than $5,000.

This one-time withdrawal will not count toward the Fund’s current limit of one non-educational Hardship Withdrawal per calendar year. Applications received by the Fund Office by April 15th will be processed and paid by early May; applications received between April 16th and May 10th will be processed and paid by early June; and applications received between May 11th and June 10th will be processed and paid by early July. (The Fund Office is doing its best to process all benefit applications in a timely manner during this very difficult time so please be patient if there are delays.)

Note that some of these withdrawals may qualify for certain tax relief under the new federal CARES Act — waiver of the 10% early distribution tax penalty and payment of income taxes on the distribution over a three-year period. Participants should consult their tax advisors for advice regarding the tax consequences of any withdrawal. The Fund does not (and cannot) give tax advice.

As per the usual Fund rules in accordance with federal law, participants (and their spouse, if married) must have their signature notarized in order for their application to be processed. We recognize that some participants may be unable to go to a notary at this time but a number of states (including New York) offer virtual or remote notarization to assist individuals during this time. (This link may be helpful in that regard: www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2018/06/remote-notarization-what-you-need-to-know.) The availability of virtual notarization should be of great assistance to members who need it.

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