Since President Biden’s inauguration, and with new Democratic majorities in both chambers, the UA Depa1iment of Legislative and Political Affairs has worked on a record number of bills and pieces of legislation – bills that impact the everyday lives and livelihoods of all United Association members. These bills included the historic expansions of labor protections such as prevailing wage, project labor agreements, and registered apprenticeship utilization requirements; the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the largest investment in American infrastructure in generations; a much-needed rescue for multi employer pension plans in the American Rescue Plan; House passage of the Build Back Better plan, projects; and much more, described in this memo.
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Local 98 Members,
Here are a couple of great opportunities for those who are seeking higher education for themselves, dependents, or qualified family members.
First, the Local 98 Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that three $2000 scholarships will be given away for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Anyone interested in applying must meet certain qualifications. The Committee will review applications as they come in.
If members or applicants have questions or if the Committee can be of any assistance with either of the opportunities mentioned above, contact Committee Chairman Jim Cools at [email protected] or call (734)307-9841.
Second, the opportunity to get a FREE college degree due to the participation of the United Association in the Union Plus Free College Benefit. This program makes it possible for Local 98 members and certain family members to earn an associate’s or even a bachelor’s degree at NO COST.
Third, is the United Association Scholarship Trust Fund. Here’s their message:
We pleased to announce that the United Association Scholarship Trust Fund is gearing up for the 2022-2023 academic year scholarship awards. Up to 112 scholarships totaling as much as $222,000 will be awarded this year, including 106 for students pursuing undergraduate studies and up to six for students pursuing graduate studies. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000 each. Generally, dependents of UA members who are pursuing a post-high school education at an accredited college or university may apply for a scholarship (please see eligibility requirements and award criteria in the detailed instructions found with the application). The deadline for submitting applications is June 9, 2022.
Applications are exclusively accepted electronically through https://uascholarshipfund.communityforce.com/. The application is scheduled to go live on February 25th and potential applicants can check that website and click on the “Login” icon at the top right corner for additional instructions to access and submit applications. Note that upon logging in, users should be sure to click on the scholarship titled 2022 United Association Scholarship.
Awards will primarily be based on academic achievement and potential, personal achievement, and community involvement. Financial need may also be considered. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Applications will be judged by an independent and impartial Selection Committee, comprised of distinguished members of the community. The Selection Committee may request information concerning the financial circumstances of applicants and use this information in the award of scholarships. Also, note that because UA scholarships do not automatically renew each year, receiving an award in one year does not guarantee you awards in future years.
In addition, six scholarships will be given to “Second Chance” awardees. Those selected will be students whose academic achievement is not the best in their region, but who demonstrate they want another chance at an education to advance their potential for higher-paying employment.
We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Fund, and look forward to awarding our next round of scholarships to our deserving UA students.
The Union Plus Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate degree completely online – for FREE.
To learn more visit their website.