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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Wright Dorr

    January 29, 2009 jdorr@unionprivilege.org, 202-293-5330

    New Union SAFE Benefits Assist

    Union Members Hard Hit By Economic Crisis

    Help with job loss, unreimbursed hospital bills and saving for college

    among new benefits for Union Plus program participants

WASHINGTON With many working families in financial distress as a result of the sharp

    downturn in the U.S. economy, Union Plus is launching a program of new and enhanced

    benefits to assist eligible union members facing hardships.

The new benefits program, called Union SAFE for Security, Assistance and Financial

    Education provides a wide array of benefits, including help for those suffering from layoffs to

    soaring hospital costs to problems paying their mortgage to help saving for college.

Unique benefits being offered under the Union SAFE initiative to help eligible members include:

    ? Credit counseling services, budgeting advice and no-fee debt management and

    bankruptcy counseling benefits.

    ? Hospital Care Grants of $1,000 to help members who have been hit with large,

    unreimbursed hospital expenses who participate in the Union Plus Credit Card,

    Mortgage or UnionSecure Insurance programs.

    ? Job Loss Grants of $250 for Union Plus Credit Card holders who have been recently laid

    off for more than 90 days.

    ? Mortgage Assistance to help Union Plus Mortgage holders, who become unemployed,

    disabled or go on strike, make their mortgage payments.

    And, to help members finance their children’s college educations, Union SAFE offers a College

    Savings Grant of $500 to members who open new 529 tax-free college savings accounts or pre-

    paid tuition accounts of at least $1,000 by June 30, 2009.

This $1 million initiative offered by Union Plus to eligible union members demonstrates that the

    labor movement is answering President Obama’s call for a new era of responsibility to help

    those who have fallen on hard times, says Leslie Tolf, president of Union Privilege, provider of

    the Union Plus benefits.

“We are all hopeful today because President Obama is working to help middle-class Americans

    struggling in this worsening recession,” Tolf says. “America’s unions and Union Plus are doing

    what we can right now to assist members in trouble especially those who participate in a

    Union Plus program.”

    Union Privilege

    1125 15th Street, NW, Suite 300 ? Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone (202) 293-5330 ? Fax (202) 293-5311 www.UnionPlus.org

In addition, the Union SAFE initiative expands and increases other Union Plus benefits, such as:

    ? Increasing the number of Union Plus Credit Card Disability Grants (which range from

    $1,000 to $2,000) available to cardholders who have experienced a significant loss of

    income within the past six months due to a recent disability that has kept them out of

    work for 90 days.

    ? Expanding the availability of $500 Disaster Relief Grants to participants in the Union

    Plus Credit Card, Mortgage and UnionSecure Insurance programs.

“The new Union SAFE benefits expand the Union Plus Safety Net to help and support union

    members and make the union-backed Union Plus benefits an even better value,” Tolf says.

More information and grant applications are available at UnionPlus.org/UnionSAFE.

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Union Privilege, founded by the AFL-CIO in 1986, develops and manages the Union Plus benefits

    program, which uses the combined buying power of America’s union members to obtain top quality goods

    and services at competitive prices. In addition to a money-saving credit card, the Union Plus programs

    include free and discounted legal services, education services, discounted health services, a home

    buying program, travel and recreation discounts, and much more. For more information, visit

    www.UnionPlus.org.

    Union Privilege

    1125 15th Street, NW, Suite 300 ? Washington, D.C. 20005 Phone (202) 293-5330 ? Fax (202) 293-5311 www.UnionPlus.org

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