Eligibility in the IMPACT Maternity Program is available to Journeyman and Apprentice Iron Workers whose work is defined by the bylaws of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) provides paid maternity leave (“Paid Maternity Leave”) to female Iron Workers (“Members”) who are qualified based on the criteria outlined below. It is paid leave associated with the birth of a Member’s own child.
Paid Maternity Leave is available to Members if all of the following criteria are met. It may be used during pregnancy and post-delivery. TO READ OR DOWNLOAD THE FULL MATERNITY INFORMATION, CLICK ON THE LINK HERE... Maternity Brochure March 2020
A) Member has submitted certification of their pregnancy from their medical doctor verifying they are unable to perform the duties of iron work due to physical limitations arising from the pregnancy;
B) Member has worked at least 100 hours over the past three months and was eligible for the Local Union’s health plan on the date of disability, and
C) Member has not used this benefit within the past 24 months, and
D) There are no such benefits available through other means, such as time loss benefits through their employer or Local Union’s health Plan, or any Local City or Municipality, State or Federal government provided benefits, or any other means available.
Pregnancy (Pre-Delivery/Birth): Six (6) Months Maximum Benefit.
For Paid Maternity Leave to commence prior to delivery/birth, the Member must be deemed unable to work by their medical doctor. This certification must indicate that the Member is not able to work due to physical limitations arising from the pregnancy but not sooner than the 4th month of pregnancy. This can occur at any time during the pregnancy. This cumulative pre-delivery/birth benefit may be intermittent and may not exceed six (6) months. After six months, the Paid Maternity Leave benefit payments will stop regardless of whether the Member is able to return to work or not.
This benefit will be available after all other applicable benefit sources have been exhausted per item d) list above.
For Example: Current Health Plan provides 6 weeks of paid leave at 60% of salary. This plan will pay the difference between the two plans (66.67% - 60% = 6.67% of salary) for the first 6 weeks, then 66.67% for the remaining eligible time.
Benefit Payments: The benefit payment is equal to 66.67% (to a maximum of $800) of the Member’s normal weekly earnings, less any disability income benefits available from your Local Union or Home Fund’s Health Plan, or any Local City or Municipality, State or Federal Government sponsored program, regardless of whether you receive a benefit. Weekly earnings shall be determined to be your hourly wage based on a 40-hour work week.
IMPACT has the exclusive right to determine the Normal Hourly Wage Rate.
Maternity Program is not available to:
• Canadian residents
• Surrogate related pregnancies
• Foster care
**IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not a vested benefit. IMPACT reserves the exclusive right to interpret this policy and/or modify the terms and conditions of the policy. The Ironworkers International also has the right to terminate this policy at any time.
Please direct all claim related questions to the plan administrator, Welfare and Pension Administration Service, Inc. (WPAS). Once an accident claim has been processed, a PIN number will be mailed to you by WPAS. If you do not receive a PIN, you must complete a PIN Request Form. Information about individual claims can be accessed by logging in to MyTrust Login.
For more information about the program, contact:
Vicki O'Leary, General Organizer