IMPORTANT REMINDERS

DUES: Your monthly dues are to be paid on the first of every month. Please keep in mind that if you are 30 days in arrears of your dues, you will be suspended. In order to be reinstated, you must pay all dues owed, 3 months in advance, and a $5.00 reinstatement fee.

Once your dues have become 6 months in arrears, you will be EXPELLED. In order to be reinstated from expulsion, you must appear before the Executive Board, pay all back dues, 6 months in advance, and a $5.00 reinstatement fee. Please do not let it come to this.  If you have any questions regarding your dues status, call the Union Hall at 1-800-449-4241.

In Memoriam

We would like to offer our condolences to all of the family and friends of our dearly departed brothers/sisters.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Stephen Musinski 09/22/2018
Robert Gurall 09/18/2018
Brian Drumm 08/30/2018
James Mason 08/01/2018
Richard Bryer 07/21/2018
Francis Giguere 07/08/2018
Alfred Longhi 07/03/2018
Kennith Hylemon 06/26/2018
William Pursell 06/17/2018
Joseph Alibozek 06/15/2018
Scott Tommila Sr. 05/31/2018
Dennis Smith 05/11/2018
David Dugrenier 05/09/2018
Edward Mieczkowski, Jr 05/01/2018
Harold Maynard 04/18/2018
John Shinkwin, III 04/18/2018
George Lombard 03/19/2018
Francis Vayda 03/16/2018
Stanley Wasilauski 03/02/2018
Cleland Stephens 02/20/2018
Michael Begos, Sr. 02/27/2018
John Fitch 02/12/2018
Giovanni Cattaneo 01/28/2018
George Robie 01/15/2018
Angelo Bruschi 01/13/2018
Ronald Widelo 01/11/2018

TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR IDENTITY AND YOUR CREDIT

In 2017, almost 17 million Americans fell victim to identity theft. This already daunting number is expected to increase by at least one million in 2018. Most victims of identity theft lose approximately $1,500 and spend months cleaning up the fraud. In order to avoid becoming one of these statistics, you may want to consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit.

A fraud alert requires businesses to verify your identity before extending new credit. Usually, this means calling to confirm that you are in fact the individual attempting to take out new credit. Fraud alerts are free and automatically expire after 90 days. Beginning September 21, 2018, the fraud alert term is extended to one year. Fraud alerts can be renewed for as long as you want. Identity theft victims are entitled to an extended fraud alert period of seven years. You can place a fraud alert by contacting any one of three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion), either by phone or online. The contact information for each of the credit reporting agencies is provided below. If you decide that placing a fraud alert is the best for you, you should mark your calendar to renew the alert upon expiration of the initial term.

With a credit freeze, no one (including you) can access your credit to open a new account unless the freeze has been temporarily lifted or permanently removed by you. You can only remove the freeze by contacting the credit reporting agencies directly, in writing (which can take some time). Prior to September 21, 2018, there is a fee for placing and removing a credit freeze, but after this date, credit freezes are free. If you elect to freeze your credit, you will still be able to borrow from existing lenders, but the agencies will not release your information to any new lenders or any other new entity attempting to check your credit. This means that you will have to contact the agencies to remove the freeze before applying for any new credit cards or loans or before applying for insurance, applying for a job, or renting an apartment.

To place a fraud alert, contact one of the credit reporting agencies. That agency will then notify the others.

Equifax: (800) 525-6285 or www.alerts.equifax.com

Experian: (888) 397-3742 or www.experian.com/fraud/center.html

TransUnion: (800) 680-7289 or www.transunion.com/fraud-victim-resource/place-fraud-alert

To place a credit freeze with the major reporting agencies, call each agency or visit their websites. Each credit agency has specific requirements for placing a credit freeze, so you should review the agencies’ information first.

Equifax: (800) 349-9960 or www.freeze.equifax.com

Experian: (888) 397-3742 or www.experian.com/freeze/center.html

Tra nsUn ion: (888) 909-8872 https://freeze.transunion.com/sf/securityFreeze/landingPage.jsp

Monthly Union Dues

Effective August 1, 2012, the monthly dues for Local 98 are as follows:

Branch 98: $19.50

Branch 98A: $18.00

Branch 98B: $19.50

Branch 98C: $16.50*

Branch 98D: $22.33**

Branch 98R: $16.50

* Branch 98C includes all members employed at Southworth-Milton Machinery (both in Vermont and New Hampshire) and NES, Vermont.

** Branch 98D, municipalities in Vermont pay dues in the amount of $22.33 per month, while the municipalities in Massachusetts pay 1% of their gross monthly wages.

Office Locations

Training Site

Local 98 Training Site
102 East Plumtree Road
Sunderland, MA
413-548-9508
Berkshire County Pittsfield Office
264 West Housatonic Street
Suite 2
Pittsfield, MA
413-442-2255
New Hampshire New Hampshire Office
Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Hall
161 Londonderry Turnpike
Hookset, NH 03106
603-625-5310
Vermont Vermont Office
3 Gregory Drive
South Burlington, VT
802-863-2734