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Am I eligible for SUB?

Your Contributing Employer(s) must have paid at least 300 hours of contributions on your behalf for work in Covered Employment in the Plan Year prior to the Plan Year in which you apply for SUB Fund benefits.  

Can I collect SUB if I worked one day in that week?

If eligible, you may collect a SUB check if you work only one day out of any given week that falls within the SUB Fund Benefit Year. In addition to being paid for one day of work, you may also receive holiday pay during that same week and still qualify for SUB. Please note that a copy of your pay stub may be required. 

As an active Retiree, may I collect SUB benefits?

No

Can I collect SUB while on a Workman's Compensation claim or called to Active Military Duty?

In order to collect SUB, you must be available for work. If you are released for light duty work and are receiving a state unemployment check, you may be eligible for benefits. An otherwise eligible participant who did not collect SUB benefits during a benefit year solely because he or she was receiving workers compensation benefits, performing military service or performing work as a temporary organizer, may carry over the SUB benefit weeks which were lost to the Benefit Year immediately following the benefit year in which the participant was on worker's compensation benefits or in the military. You should always call the SUB Fund with any carryover question. 

What if my employer is delinquent in paying contributions?

You should always submit your SUB claim, which you can obtain from the CT Unemployment website or your local unemployment office, to the SUB Fund within one month of the date on which it was issued. Once we receive your employer contributions and establish your eligibility for the claims you submit, we will reprocess those claims and pay any SUB benefits to which you are entitled. You may also submit appropriate evidence to the SUB Fund in order to establish your work record. Such evidence could include payroll checks, payroll reports, earnings reports, or similar documentation. You will be paid retroactively once the contributions are received only if your proof was submitted on a timely basis. 

Am I required to come in person again?

The Board of Trustees ruled in 2008 that you do not have to appear in person. You simply continue to complete and submit the Registration Form to the SUB Fund with or without a copy of your unemployment documentation. Please remember we cannot accept the pay stub or bank statements. We need a clear photocopy of your Continued Claim Inquiry or a Payment History from The Department of Labor Web site. You may also be required to complete new tax forms. 

Can I collect SUB while out on disability?

In order to be eligible for SUB, participants must be involuntarily unemployed, available for work, and must not be receiving a medical disability or Social Security check. 

When does SUB begin & End?

The Benefit Year starts with the first full week in November that includes a Monday and ends with the last week in April that includes a Friday. 

What if I am not receiving an Unemployment check?

Typically, a person who is not collecting an unemployment check cannot collect SUB. There are a few exceptions to this rule, including: exhausted benefits with Unemployment, waiting weeks on opening new claims, and coverage while undergoing a wage investigation. For more information, contact the SUB Fund. 

Do I need to submit state documentation weekly?

For your convenience, State Unemployment benefit claim inquiries and/or payment histories supporting a participant's claim must be received by the SUB Fund within one month of their issue date. 

What if I go to work for a non-union employer doing work covered by our Collective Bargaining Agreement?

Your Health Benefits will be terminated immediately and you will not be eligible for COBRA.  You will be prohibited from taking an Annuity Distribution. If you are receiving a pension, your Pension Benefit and any Retiree Health Benefits you may be receiving will be terminated. You will be ineligible for SUB, referral by the Local, and Training classes.

What if I go to work in the geographical jurisdiction of another Operating Engineers Local?

You should contact both our Referral Hall and Fund Office and those of the Local in which you intend to work to determine whether the other Local will reciprocate benefit contributions back to Local 478. Find out what forms the other Local will require. Please note that most other Locals do not have SUB, so you probably would not accrue any SUB from work performed in such instances, and some do not have an Annuity/401K Plan. Finally if you work in a jurisdiction where they utilize a stamp program, you should pay particular attention to their requirements for redeeming your stamps. 

What if I am called to or discharged from Active Military duty?

You must notify both the Referral Hall and Fund Office promptly regarding both. You may be eligible for special benefits through the Health, Pension, Annuity and SUB funds. 

What if I am an Active Member who is required to begin receiving Pension and Annuity benefits under the law that requires me to do so starting on the April 1 of the year following the calendar year in which I turned age 70½.

Such Members are considered to be Active Members and may earn and receive Active Health benefits and SUB. Members who voluntarily retire prior to being required to begin receiving Pension and Annuity benefits may work unlimited hours upon attainment of age 70½, but such individuals are not eligible for SUB. 

What happens if I incur an accidental injury, whether or not it is incurred in connection with employment?

Contact the Fund Office immediately. The Health Fund must determine whether there is another party who is responsible for paying any claims related to the injury, via a third-party lawsuit or via a worker's compensation claim . Depending on the particular circumstances, the Health Fund may pay such claims pursuant to an agreement to reimburse the Fund for any bills it paid. If you have a work-related claim or you are deemed disabled, you may also be entitled to limited Pension credits. Also, you may be able to collect SUB benefits if you have been released for light duty.

What if I am injured or ill to the extent that I cannot work for an extended period of time?

Contact the Fund Office immediately. You may qualify for the Health Fund's weekly disability benefit. You should be aware that Members cannot receive disability benefits and SUB at the same time as SUB requires that you are available and physically capable of accepting work in covered employment. In addition, you may be eligible for a limited amount of Pension credit. 

What if I think my employer has been delinquent in submitting my hours?

If you are concerned that your employer might be delinquent, call the Local 478 Fund Office. If your employer is not paying your benefit contributions, we may already be aware of the situation and taking action to collect the amounts due on your behalf. There are some rare instances where we might not know that a member is working for a particular employer. Therefore, you should notify us of any problems. Always keep copies of your pay stubs and any other documentation in case a problem comes up. 

Retiree Members

SUB

What if I go to work for a non-union employer doing work covered by our Collective Bargaining Agreement?

Your Health Benefits will be terminated immediately and you will not be eligible for COBRA.  You will be prohibited from taking an Annuity Distribution. If you are receiving a pension, your Pension Benefit and any Retiree Health Benefits you may be receiving will be terminated. You will be ineligible for SUB, referral by the Local, and Training classes.

As an active Retiree, may I collect SUB benefits?

No