Member Coronavirus Resources

Member Coronavirus Resources

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

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eLearning Now Available

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

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.

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Health Care Updates

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.

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Unemployment Insurance

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

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Update from TEAM

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.

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IRS Extends Tax Filing Deadline

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


Training Center Closure

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. 

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Coronavirus Updates

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.

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Thank You

Update April 2, 2020

Face Coverings

Face Covering Care

Common Questions

Covering Coughs

Physical Distancing

No Touch Greetings

Update Mar. 20, 2020

Apply & Remove

What's the Big Deal?


Face Touching

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Washing

other resources