The following video explains—in English, Polish, Spanish and Russian—the details of a new benefit being offered to Local 78 Members.

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English Transcript:

Business Manager Gruchacz:

“Brothers and sisters, I hope you are well and staying safe as we continue to navigate to this challenging times. I want to talk to you about a new benefit that Local 78 is establishing for its members.

“There has been some confusion and misinformation circulating since we made an announcement at the last month’s membership meeting. So here are the facts, straightforward and direct, regarding the legal services benefit for Local 78 members.

“Local 78 has retained the services of the law firm of Karasyk and Moschella to perform legal services for the membership. The benefit is available to the following members of the Local 78:

  • Active members with a minimum 500 hours per year work in the industry. What that exactly means—if you work 500 hours from the period of November 1st, 2019 to October 31st, 2020, you would be eligible for this benefit for entire 2021.
  • Active retirees, meaning that if you are receiving pension from the Mason Tenders District Council and you paid up with the dues, you also would be available for this benefits.
  • Executive Board members and officers and employees of Local 78 and the geographical restriction includes the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester counties in New York State; and Bergen, Union, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Warren counties in New Jersey.

“The law firm is currently in the process of writing the summary plan description for this new benefit, and we hope to have everything finalized and ready by March 2021. Once the SPD is finalized, we’ll distribute to all members.

“If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Local 78 office or the officers directly. As always, we are here to support and serve you.

“Thank you very much, stay safe, and God bless you all.”