Coronavirus Updates for NCSRCC Members

Please view the following member communications in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Items are listed with most recent communications on top. Tips to Staying Health videos can be found at the bottom of the page.

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An Update from EST John Raines – April 3, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

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Common COVID-19 Questions Answered (FAQ)

Brothers and Sisters of the Regional Council, hopefully this “Q&A” can answer some of your concerns and most frequently asked questions. It is the intent of the Regional Council to ensure your economic sustainability in this challenging time we are currently facing. We encourage our membership to work when it is safe to do so. We have numerous publications on our website for jobsite protocols, CDC guidelines and recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. It is vitally important for our partnering contractors to continue their committed projects with the best skilled-craft available – You! If our contractors continue to be successful, they will continue to procure work employing our members building their pensions and Health & Welfare Funds as well as your own personal finances. As always any member should feel free to contact their business representatives to answer any questions you may specifically have not listed below or you can also email

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eLearning Now Available to Apprentices and Journeypeople

Carpenters Training Institute (CTI) is proud to announce the availability of eLearning for Apprentices and Journeypeople. Monday, March 30 marked the start of our pilot program eLearning classes for regularly scheduled apprentice curriculum. Please reach out to your local training campus for availability and scheduling of eLearning opportunities. Apprentices will be notified of their scheduled eLearning weeks in advance.

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Joint-Labor Management Industry Statement – March 30, 2020

Labor and management are committed to the health, safety and welfare of our skilled construction industry workforce and the Minnesota public. Governor Walz’s Emergency Executive Order 20-20 Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home recognizes the essential work our skilled construction industry workforce performs every day to maintain and improve Minnesota’s infrastructure, including energy and communication systems, roads and bridges, police, fire and health care facilities, and the homes and businesses that Minnesota families rely on.

Safety is the single most important issue to our industry, and, during this pandemic, safety includes practices to protect workers, their families, and the public. In order to ensure the safety of construction workers while they continue their critical work in these unprecedented times, labor and management are jointly issuing this statement to recognize the importance of safe, responsible work practices and jobsite conditions.

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Answering Common COVID-19 Worksite Questions

A Message from EST John Raines

Health Care Updates – March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Coverage – Effective March 17, 2020, unless otherwise indicated, the following changes will be made to the Carpenters and Joiners Welfare Fund

The health plans covering 90% of our construction members have increased the short-term disability benefit from $350 to $450 per week, eliminated the waiting week to receive the benefit, covered COVID-19-related testing at 100% and waived all copays for COVID-19-related visits. We continue to work on these changes on behalf of all our members and are working to try and cover multiple months supplies of some pharmaceutical drugs. As we get the language from our other Funds, it will be posted here.

The Trustees adopted Amendment No. 19 which amends the Plan to provide 100% coverage (no member cost share) for the cost of claims incurred on or before April 30, 2020 for COVID-19 diagnostic testing and diagnosis as well as the related office visit, urgent care visit, or emergency department visit during which the treating health care provider determined such diagnostic testing was medically necessary and appropriate according to the accepted guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or the respective state Department of Health.  

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Update from T.E.A.M. Wellness at Work – March 19, 2020

With the concerns of the spread of COVID-19, we have decided that it would be best to provide all of our clients with the most up to date plan that we have in place during the current health crisis we are experiencing.  The Minnesota Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, have been closely monitoring the situation worldwide and locally and have been providing us with recommendations about prevention and containment of this virus. For all of us, this begins at home and filters into the workplace. Providing precautions to assist in keeping our staff and clients healthy and safe is a priority for T.E.A.M. 


Unemployment Insurance COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2020

Information about Unemployment Insurance in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.


Quick Contacts for Filing for Unemployment

IRS Extend Tax Filing Date

The Internal Revenue Service has extended the tax filing date to July 15, 2020.


Training Center Closure – March 17, 2020

As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in consultation with Midwestern District Vice President Mark McGriff, all training centers in North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters will be closed effective March 18, 2020 through May 3, 2020. In advance of May 3, 2020, we will review whether it is safe to reopen our training centers. If that date changes, it will be communicated out to everyone in advance. 


Coronavirus Updates from NCSRCC – March 16, 2020

Based upon our continuous review of information from different establishments like the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the White House Coronavirus Task Force, along with advice from DeAnn Richards (RN, BSN, CIC, CPHQ, CPPS – Infection Preventionist) on advisory measures, the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC) will be issuing policies and procedures that will impact operations in an effort to limit the spread of germs and keep workplaces, members and staff safe.


Ask Your Infection Preventionist

DeAnn Richards has worked in Infection Prevention and Occupational Health for over 25 years. She has an Associate Degree in both Occupational Therapy and Nursing, followed by her bachelor’s in nursing. Her previous experience in patient safety and quality included being a regional lead at Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network to support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) priorities for health care quality improvement.  


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