USW Local 2-232
formerly PACE 7-232
Contracts provide education assistance for laid off members after 1 year
by Scott Godshaw
Laid off members are entitled to Education Assistance per the contract under Article XII, Section 3 which states:
In addition to Article XII, Section 1, when an employee with five (5) or more years seniority is laid off for twelve (12) consecutive months he will be entitled to education and retraining according to the following:
Courses will be approved by the Company which contribute to or enhance the employee's ability to obtain other employment provided the employee begins the approved course(s) within one (1) year after eligibility.
Approved courses will normally be given at schools which are accredited by recognized regional or state accrediting agencies and may include:
- Occupational or vocational skill development;
- Fundamental reading or numerical skill improvement;
- High school diploma or equivalency achievement; and
- College level career orientated courses
An employee will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $4,000 for authorized expenses which are incurred within two (2) years of eligibility provided a grade of C or better is received in the course. Authorized expenses include verified tuition and necessary books.
If you have been laid off for 12 consecutive months (one year) you can take advantage of this benefit. Any questions you can contact the Union Office at (414) 463-7425.