Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for your continued commitment to health and safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, there has been an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate as well as a surge in hospitalizations and deaths caused in large part by the emergence of new variants. Local 4 members have truly led by example during these uncertain and difficult times, and in light of new CDC guidelines, we are increasing efforts to ensure the health and safety of all members, employees, and their families.

Until further notice, a mask mandate is in place for visitors and employees of all three branches – Union Hall, Funds Office, and Training Center – as well as for Executive Board and body meetings. This policy will apply to all indoor Local 4 venues, and to those that are vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Additionally, for the safety of our members and their families, all employees of the Union Hall, Funds Office, and Training Center will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot when they are eligible in accordance with CDC recommendations.
 
The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts to protect against COVID-19. The World Health Organization echoes that sentiment, noting that the Omicron variant is highly contagious and that “preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection.”

The CDC is following the details of this new variant and working with other U.S. and global public health partners to monitor its path and learn more about it. The CDC will provide updates on Omnicron as more information becomes available.

For over 120 years, we’ve faced our share of challenges, and we’ve overcome them time and again. I will continue this trend, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our Brothers and Sisters. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to actively make decisions for the recovery and safety of our communities.

In Solidarity,

William D. McLaughlin
Business Manager
Operating Engineers Local 4

Contacting Local 4
COVID-19 Vaccines
Return to Work Safety Guidelines
Online Dues Payment
Health & Welfare Coverage
COVID-19 Testing
Additional Resources for Union Members

Contacting Local 4

As of June 1, 2021, the Union Hall, Funds Office, and Training Center have resumed all normal operations in adherence to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 guidelines. We are ready to assist you in person or virtually. Our phone lines and emails are open for any questions or concerns you may have during normal business hours of 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to call ahead for appointments at any of our offices if you prefer. Visitors to the Funds Office should call ahead for appointments.

COVID-19 Vaccines

All residents over the age of 5 are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination from Pfizer and people age 18 or older can get any vaccine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. The CDC recommends that everyone 5 years and older protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage all members to sign up for a vaccine appointment as soon as they are able.

Due to the Delta and Omicron variants, CDC encourages a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for those who are eligible. Everyone age 18 or older who received Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago or Johnson & Johnson at least 2 months ago can get any booster.

By getting your vaccine now, you’ll help protect our communities from this deadly disease. Thank you for doing your part.

Online Dues Payment

We encourage you to pay your dues online. To pay dues online by credit or debit card, please visit: pay.xpress-pay.com/org/E23DD52730A6440

  • Enter your name, registration number, credit card number, and the desired payment amount.
  • Please note that asterisked* fields are required.
  • Your dues will be credited the next business day and your receipt will be sent in accordance with your payment.

Health & Welfare Coverage

While we have returned to full operations as of June 1, 2021, your family will continue to have access to COVID-19 care:
  • Medically necessary COVID testing will continue to have no out-of-pocket cost. For members and their dependents covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, we’ve removed copayments, co-insurance, and/or deductibles for all medically necessary coronavirus testing, counseling, and supportive care. As of January 1, 2022, any inpatient or outpatient treatment for a diagnosis of COVID-19 will be subject to the Plan deductible, coinsurance, and copays. If you think you need COVID testing or care, call your doctor or other healthcare provider. Note: You will still be responsible for your usual out-of-pocket costs for in-person care that is not for coronavirus.
  • Telehealth options. Blue Cross Blue Shield’s WellConnection offers urgent telehealth services for non-emergency medical care, including any coronavirus symptoms you may be experiencing, as well as for behavioral health concerns. Please note that effective July 1, 2021, Blue Cross Blue Shield is ending the waiver of the $15 copay for non-COVID telehealth services. Visit Access WellConnection.
  • Our Modern Assistance Program is here to help you handle the uncertainty and impacts of this outbreak. The impacts of the pandemic have been felt in areas surrounding every aspect of everyday life, whether it be financial, childcare needs, or health concerns.
  • For more information, please visit the Local 4 Funds website.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is an important way to protect your family, friends, and community. Testing for COVID-19 is widely available.

You should be tested if you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild, or you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Additional Resources for Union Members

Workers who have lost hours or their job due to COVID-19 may be eligible for SNAP Food Assistance. Find out more information.

Visit the Mass Building Trades Council’s Best Practices page for information on the following:

  • Vaccine distribution, eligibility, and the registration process
  • Special resources for veterans
  • Current COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts
  • Free COVID-19 testing

General President Callahan has issued a message to IUOE Members: The health and safety of IUOE members is always our top priority, but it is more important than ever that we provide you with the most current information and resources available. We have pulled together some helpful tools and guidance for IUOE Members that puts the latest health and safety measures front and center.

Additional COVID-19 guidance for union members and families:

For guidance and support in American Sign Language, watch the CDC’s ASL video series on COVID-19. Subjects include:

  • COVID-19 Prevention Tips
  • Symptoms of COVID-19
  • What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19
  • What Is My Risk for COVID-19?
  • 10 Things You Can do to Manage COVID-19 at Home