Local1857 Main is able to assist Union Members in need with a financial award from a Hardship Fund. We recognize the impact that economic distress and no sub hours at KCLS has taken on many of our peers. This will be the second year we have offered this opportunity.
The money is available from a budgetary surplus due to fewer Union expenses over this past year and good stewardship of Members’ dues. The Hardship Fund takes into consideration maintaining a healthy balance sheet for the Union and the work involved to manage and grant the awards.
This project is undertaken with the goal of helping members in good standing – current in their dues – with an award size which balances available funds and an amount big enough to make a difference. We aim to grant 100 individual Member awards of $400 dollars each or 133 awards of $300 each, depending on Member interest.
If you have been negatively impacted by fewer KCLS work hours or other effects of recent economic changes, please apply for a financial award here. Applications will be accepted through May 15.
Please read the Q+A for other helpful information.
How will the awards be decided?
All Members in good standing who apply have equal access to the award. If interest exceeds the number of meaningful awards, a lottery will be held. The application asks for an optional explanation of how you would benefit which helps us understand the impact of the Hardship Fund project and, with your permission, may be used for highlighting the project.
How will my privacy be assured if I do apply?
No individuals’ information will be shared. A small task force will be receiving and reviewing applications, verifying information and cutting checks. Confidentiality and privacy are values of the task force.
Why not just divide available monies equally among all 1857 Members?
With ~ 800 Members, we did not feel that an equal award for each would be a significant benefit.
Why not suspend dues for Members instead?
The AFSCME Constitution requires local chapters to collect dues which are used for staff costs for our Staff Representative, ongoing expenses including trainings, approved outlays and operational costs.
How will I get my award?
Awards will be mailed to your home in the form of a check when the application period is over and the task force has completed its review.
Can the awards be bigger?
Local1857 Main would have its own reporting liability for awards above $500 which is onerous for us. An award of $400 or $300, depending on Member interest, is big enough to make a difference, can benefit a significant number of Members and allow the project to proceed simply.
Is there tax liability to me in receiving this award?
Please check with the IRS for any increased tax liability for such an award. Local1857 Main is unable to provide tax guidance.
I applied in 2021. May I apply again?
Will the Hardship Fund be ongoing?
We will evaluate the project next year and decide if we are able to repeat it based on interest, administration and available funds.