Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Categories

Membership

Individual Account and 401(k) Plan

Health and Welfare Fund

Retirement Fund

Referral Hall

Employers

Questions And Answers

Membership

Browser differences (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Different browsers will function differently with certain features on the Local 597 web site. For example, you may click on the "Quicklinks" drop down tab at the top right corner of the screen while in Internet Explorer or Firefox and choose an available link and everything functions just fine; yet if you do the same thing on an iPad using the Safari browser nothing happens. This is because different software vendors (MicroSoft, Mozilla, Apple, Google) write software to make these browsers work and there is no uniform set of rules that they adhere to when creating the software.

If you do experience a problem on your personal computer or mobile device, it may be the browser that you are using or the way that the device that you are using is personally configured. Try the same function on another computer or use a different browser, this will generally eliminate any issues that you may have with a given feature or the way the screens may appear.

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Individual Account and 401(k) Plan

What is the Guaranteed Account investment rate for 2016?

The Guaranteed Account (SAGIC) interest rate 3..0%
(July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016)

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What is Mass Mutual's phone number?

1-800-74- FLASH (35274)

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How do I get a Personal Identification Number (PIN)?

You will need to call Mass Mutual at 1-800-743-5274.  Once you have a PIN you will be able to access your Pipe Fitters Local 597 Individual Account and 401(k) Plan account online. 

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Health and Welfare Fund

If I have a new dependent which documents do I need to download and supply?

You would download the Enrollment Form, Coordination of Benefits FormBeneficiary Designation Form.  Return those forms with the Birth Certificate of all new dependents.  Also, if you are adding a new spouse, include a marriage certificate. 

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Where can I find a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS) provider in my area?

The BC/BS provider finder phone number is 1-800-810-BLUE (1-800.810.2583) or BC/BS (Provider Finder) found on the Welfare Fund Provider Useful Links page.

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What do I need to bring to the doctor for the Wellness Physical?

The Wellness Postcard that can be downloaded from the Welfare Fund Documents page.

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Why do I have to fill out an accident form if I didn't have an accident?

If the diagnosis on the claim appears that it could be accident related or the charges are over a certain dollar amount  we will request an accident illness form to verify that there is not a third party involvement. Such as workers comp, auto accident insurace or home owners insurance. You must fill out and return the form if requested, or there will be a delay in processing your claim.

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If I die how long will my spouse's coverage continue?

Your spouse would be covered for a minimum of three months or the length that your hours accumulation account would allow insurance. Whichever is the longest?

If your spouse is under the age of 60 at the time of your death she/he and any other dependents would be eligible for 36 months of COBRA.  If your spouse is over the age of 60 at the time of your death he/she would be eligible for surviving spouse benefits.  This would only cover your spouse and it would be a lifetime benefit as long as the premiums are paid.

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If I am working and become eligible for Medicare do I have to take Medicare Part B?

That is up to you but you must remember that the day you retire and are eligible for Medicare you must have Part A and Part B regardless if you have hours in your accumulation account.

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Do I have to sign up for the Medicare Part D prescription plan when I retire and become eligible for Medicare benefits?

No, you will have a prescription Part D program through Medco with the Pipe Fitters Local 597 Welfare Fund.

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What is the Fund Office Dashboard?

You can sign up for the Fund Office Dashboard on the Pipe Fitter Local 597 website. You can see information regarding dues, can print out a work history, see pension related information, 401K and information pertaining to your health claims for you and your family.

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Browser differences (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Different browsers will function differently with certain features on the Local 597 web site. For example, you may click on the "Quicklinks" drop down tab at the top right corner of the screen while in Internet Explorer or Firefox and choose an available link and everything functions just fine; yet if you do the same thing on an iPad using the Safari browser nothing happens. This is because different software vendors (MicroSoft, Mozilla, Apple, Google) write software to make these browsers work and there is no uniform set of rules that they adhere to when creating the software.

If you do experience a problem on your personal computer or mobile device, it may be the browser that you are using or the way that the device that you are using is personally configured. Try the same function on another computer or use a different browser, this will generally eliminate any issues that you may have with a given feature or the way the screens may appear.

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Retirement Fund

How many days before my retirement date can I apply for my pension?

Pension applications can be received from 1 to 90 days before the effective date of retirement.

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When are the pension payments made?

Pension payments are generated just prior to the first of the upcoming month; when you sign up for direct deposit, the payment will be in your account on the first business day of the month. If you receive a paper check, the paper check will be mailed on the first business day of the month. 

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Browser differences (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Different browsers will function differently with certain features on the Local 597 web site. For example, you may click on the "Quicklinks" drop down tab at the top right corner of the screen while in Internet Explorer or Firefox and choose an available link and everything functions just fine; yet if you do the same thing on an iPad using the Safari browser nothing happens. This is because different software vendors (MicroSoft, Mozilla, Apple, Google) write software to make these browsers work and there is no uniform set of rules that they adhere to when creating the software.

If you do experience a problem on your personal computer or mobile device, it may be the browser that you are using or the way that the device that you are using is personally configured. Try the same function on another computer or use a different browser, this will generally eliminate any issues that you may have with a given feature or the way the screens may appear.

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When can I sign up for the Pre-Retirement 100% Husband & Wife Pension?

You can sign up for the Pre-Retirement 100% Husband and Wife Pension (with actuarial reduction), if you are married to a qualified spouse (married 1 year or more) and if you are eligible for an immediately payable pension.

The Pre-Retirement 100% Husband and Wife Pension provides additional surviving spouse protection for the period prior to you commencing your pension. If you die while the election is in effect, then your spouse will receive the increased survivor benefit of 100% Husband and Wife Pension compared to the 50% Joint and Survivor Annuity.

Unless you revoke this election with the written consent of your spouse before commencing your pension, this additional surviving spouse protection will remain in effect and your benefit will be paid in the form of a 100% Husband and Wife Pension, including the actuarial reduction for the additional surviving spouse protection.

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Referral Hall

How do I find my number on the Out-of-Work List (OWL)?

You can determine your position on the Out-of-Work List multiple ways:

  • On-line Member Dashboard
  • On-line Dues Payment
  • Via phone by calling the Union Office 312.829.4191
  • Visiting one of our four Union Offices (Chicago, Joliet, Merrillville or Ottawa)

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Why did my number on the Out-of-Work List (OWL) go up?

The most common reasons a registered member's number on the Out-of-Work List (OWL) changes is because other members that have been working less than 11 days, cease working and re-register; or a member that is on-hold takes off the hold status on his profile.

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Browser differences (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Different browsers will function differently with certain features on the Local 597 web site. For example, you may click on the "Quicklinks" drop down tab at the top right corner of the screen while in Internet Explorer or Firefox and choose an available link and everything functions just fine; yet if you do the same thing on an iPad using the Safari browser nothing happens. This is because different software vendors (MicroSoft, Mozilla, Apple, Google) write software to make these browsers work and there is no uniform set of rules that they adhere to when creating the software.

If you do experience a problem on your personal computer or mobile device, it may be the browser that you are using or the way that the device that you are using is personally configured. Try the same function on another computer or use a different browser, this will generally eliminate any issues that you may have with a given feature or the way the screens may appear. 

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Employers

When are contributions and payroll reports due?

The contributions and payroll reports must be submitted to the Fund Office no later than the 15th of the following month. All monies must be in the lock box by the 15th of the following month.

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What is the address of the Fringe Benefits contribution lock box?

Your check should be mailed to the conrtibution lock box at:

Pipe Fitters' Local #597 Fringe Benefits
PO Box 94455
Chicago, IL 60690

This lock box should be used for all benefit contributions except the Individual Account and 401k Plan

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What is the address of the Individual Account and 401k lock box?

The address of the Individual Account and 401k Plan lock box is:

Pipefitters' Local 597
Individual Account & 401(k) Plan
PO Box 94415
Chicago, IL   60690

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Where do I mail my check and payroll reports?

Your check and payroll reports should be mailed to the appropriate lock box. For contribution reports, you should mail your check and reports to:

Pipe Fitters' Local #597 Fringe Benefits
PO Box 94455
Chicago, IL 60690

This lock box should be used for all benefit contributions except the Individual Account and 401k Plan

 

The address of the Individual Account and 401k Plan lock box is:

Pipefitters' Local 597
Individual Account & 401(k) Plan
PO Box 94415
Chicago, IL 60690

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Browser differences (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.)

Different browsers will function differently with certain features on the Local 597 web site. For example, you may click on the "Quicklinks" drop down tab at the top right corner of the screen while in Internet Explorer or Firefox and choose an available link and everything functions just fine; yet if you do the same thing on an iPad using the Safari browser nothing happens. This is because different software vendors (MicroSoft, Mozilla, Apple, Google) write software to make these browsers work and there is no uniform set of rules that they adhere to when creating the software.

If you do experience a problem on your personal computer or mobile device, it may be the browser that you are using or the way that the device that you are using is personally configured. Try the same function on another computer or use a different browser, this will generally eliminate any issues that you may have with a given feature or the way the screens may appear.

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