COVID-19 Emergency Resource Guide for Drivers - Teamster TNC

COVID-19 Emergency Resource Guide for Drivers

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As the COVID-19 impacts workers across our state, we are compiling emergency resources to help you and your family in this time of crisis.

The resources listed below come from a variety of sources, including King County and the Washington State Labor Council. If you are aware of resources not listed here, please send us an email or write it in the comments below. Please stay healthy and safe!

PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION

The Washington State Department of Health has everything you need to know about the respiratory illness COVID-19, how it’s spread, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you might have contracted it. The Dept. of Health’s Coronavirus Hotline is 1-800-525-0127, press #. Learn more here.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

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UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND WORKERS' COMP

Anyone who has lost their job due to coronavirus or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) should apply for UNEMPLOYMENT insurance. Info on that here.

If you apply for unemployment benefits and your claim is rejected, please contact the Unemployment Law Project at 206-441-9178 x0 for assistance.

Anyone whose job has brought them into direct contact with someone with coronavirus (for instance, a first responder or a health care worker) and has become ill or are required to quarantine can file for WORKERS’ COMP. File for that here.

If you have questions or need assistance filing for unemployment insurance, please call 800-318-6022 or schedule a time to speak with a claims agent who can help you.

If you or a friend or family member are out of work, Washington State's Employment Security Department provides support services as well.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR CONSUMERS

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. 

TROUBLE PAYING RENT OR MORTGAGE

If you don’t have enough money to pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:

STUDENT LOAN DEFERMENTS

If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.

PAYING UTILITIES

If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

If you’re looking for help feeding yourself or your family, visit the Food Lifeline website to find a partner food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood. This food is free and available to you, even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.

INSURANCE ISSUES

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions.

UNION FAMILIES IN NEED

We are urging all organizations and individuals interested in helping union families suffering economic hardship amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington state to make contributions to the Foundation for Working Families, a nonprofit formed by the WSLC and its affiliated unions to assist union families in times of hardship or disaster. Click here to make a contribution online or mail a check to the Foundation for Working Families, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA, 98144. The FFWF is a 501(c)(3) organization — federal tax ID 91-1702271 — and all donations are tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Families can apply for FFWF assistance by downloading its Hardship Assistance Form. Assistance is not restricted to union members, but they are given priority. For more information about the FFWF, email Karen White or call her at 360-570-5169.

WHO'S HIRING? FIND A TEAMSTER JOB

If you have been laid off or are facing layoff as a result of the coronavirus crisis and are looking for a job, there are several Teamster employers who are currently hiring: 

PRIORITY OPENINGS TO FILL

OTHER OPENINGS

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  • Paul Zilly
    published this page in News 2020-03-19 09:23:04 -0700

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