Important Update on Wellness Center Operations
March 17, 2020
The 597 Family Wellness Center wants to ensure the health and safety of you, our patients, as well as our clinical staff. Because of this, as of Monday, March 16, we are temporarily changing how we will provide treatment and the way you are able to schedule appointments.
At this time, all patients are required to call ahead to make an appointment for services to see a provider. Please do not come directly to the health center without an appointment. We are adhering to a ‘no walk-in’ policy during this unprecedented medical event.
If you already have an appointment scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, the team from the center will be reaching out to identify best next steps for your appointment.
If you are in respiratory distress (difficulty breathing), call 911 or go to the ER.
If you have respiratory symptoms, flu-like symptoms, or potential symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), do NOT come to the health center. Please call the health center to discuss with your provider. The health centers are not able to do COVID-19 testing at this time. For additional information please visit the CDC website.
Please don't hesitate to contact us for your healthcare needs during this time.We're here to help.If you would like to make an appointment or discuss symptoms you are experiencing please call your local wellness center at the following:
Crown Point : 219.472.4077
Mokena : 708.326.6270
Please remember, these precautions are being taken to protect your health as well as the health of our wellness center staff.
1st Quarter 2020
We have some updates to share with everyone including but not limited to, recent retirees from the past year. We also will include some names of some of our members whom have passed away in recent times.
The Substance Abuse Testing Policy of the Pipefitting Council of Greater Chicago has not changed as of January 1st, 2020. All testing panels and acceptable levels have not changed and will be in effect until further notice.
The current trend of contractors requiring our members to drug test before being hired is against the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The practice must stop. If you are required to drug test because the owner of the site, you will be working at requires ALL personal to be tested that falls into a different category. We are not employees of any General Contractor, if the GC has a drug testing policy for their employees that is not policy for Local 597 members. Any and all contractors that continue to test our members under their own company drug testing/ safety policy will subject to the Local Union grievance policy. Any questions should be directed to my office 312-633-0597 ext. 239
The Wellness centers are available for any member and their dependents if the member has current health coverage with the plan. This also applies to any retiree and their dependents. The Wellness Centers can be used for back to school physicals and sports physicals also. Health Fairs are conducted though out the year at both facilities, so look for fliers from the health care provider. When the Health Fairs are announced via mail the appointments tend to fill up fast. The providers request you sign up in advance, so don’t delay if you are interested in attending.
Please remember that by using these facilities you will have NO out of pocket expenses. You will also be saving the H&W plan money which in turn will allow the Trustees to make further improvements to the plan.
Active Member Health Reimbursement Account
As of June 2017, the employers have been contributing .50 cents per hour worked into YOUR Active Member HRA account. This money can be used for any reimbursement of out of pocket expense you might have incurred for you or your dependents. These out of pocket expenses must meet the requirements to be eligible for reimbursements. A statement of your HRA account will be mailed to you in the near future.
The 1st Retirement Seminar of 2020 will be held on May 2nd, at the Mokena Training Center. Please contact the fund office to make a reservation. We hold these twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
We have starting some 401K seminars. The seminars would target different groups of participants. One group would be members that have recently completed their apprenticeship program, another would be a group in mid-career and finally a group nearing the end of their career. These seminars would be educational sessions not necessarily financial planning.
Recently Deceased and Retired Members
Michael P. Maloney
President Local 597