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To all Local #701 Welfare Plan Participants:

As you may be aware, the Plan is required to cover FDA-approved over the counter at home COVID-19 tests (“OTC COVID-19 tests”) for diagnostic purposes without any cost-sharing (i.e., deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance) beginning January 15, 2022, through the announced end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Considering this requirement, we have made arrangements with our current pharmacy benefits manager, EmpiRx, to provide direct coverage of the OTC COVID- 19 tests at the point of sale at any pharmacy in the EmpiRx Health network for no cost to you. All you need to do is present your prescription card at the pharmacy when making a purchase. Note that you will be limited to purchasing a maximum of eight (8) OTC COVID-19 tests per calendar month for each person covered by your prescription drug benefits. Each individual test counts towards the limit which means if you buy a test kit package, you need to account for each individual test in that package when calculating your monthly limit. If you prefer to purchase an OTC COVID-19 test somewhere other than an EmpiRx Health network pharmacy, you can submit a claim for reimbursement with the attached form (CLICK HERE), but you will be limited to being reimbursed in the amount of $12 per individual OTC COVID-19 test.

(CLICK HERE) for a list of current FDA approved OTC COVID-19 tests which are eligible for reimbursement. If you have any questions, please contact EmpiRx at 888-309-1654 or the Fund Office at (708) 482-0110 or Toll Free at (800) 704-6270.



With the legislative change that has taken effect as of January 1, 2022, several questions have arisen regarding our technicians being compensated correctly. The Union’s stance since day one of this fight was for our technicians to be paid warranty times no less than the labor times a retail customer would pay. This was, and still is, the position the Union stands on. With the manufacturers trying to find various ways to maneuver around and make reductions to the newly passed law, requiring certain dealers to apply for reimbursement, refusing to pay for diagnostic times or times on calls with technical assistance as well as taking their own interpretations of what the new law means, many dealers are unsure if and how they will be paid by the manufacturers. Certain dealers have taken the position that they will only compensate technicians when they receive payment from the manufacturers.  

For several of these reasons, we are asking all of our technicians to keep a record of all warranty repairs they perform that are not being paid at the retail times. We have attached a time sheet (Click HERE) for your convenience to track your repair orders.

If you believe you have not been compensated properly according to the new legislation, bring the issue forward to your manager and advise them of the possible error. If the error is not resolved, inform your Shop Steward and/or Union Business Representative to see if a grievance should be filed.

The Union is working with several dealer principles and discussing ways to move forward with any issues both parties are having with the manufacturer(s). Please note – The Franchise Agreement is between the dealer and the franchise, and the Union is a third party. The Union is here to ensure the dealers comply with the law to properly compensate you according to the revisions in the statute. Our intent is to keep the pressure on the manufacturers moving forward to ensure compensation is no less than what a retail customer would pay when it comes to ALL warranty work performed – inclusive of diagnostic times.  And that may entail the Union filing several grievances with the dealers to in turn go after what was agreed to with the legislative change and collect what is rightfully yours.

For those technicians that work in the automotive industry, be sure to check your email for more updates and communications.














Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 William A, Lee Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors, five winners of the Academic Competition and five to the winners of the Random Drawing. The scholarships. valued at $2,000 each, may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

The Chicago Federation of Labor renamed the scholarship in 1985 to honor Mr. Lee, the CFL’s longest-serving president. Mr. Lee devoted over 60 years to the cause of labor and civic and community service, with 38 of those years at the CFL.

For the 2022 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Academic Competition Applicationclick HERE.

For the 2022 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Random Applicationclick HERE.

Submission Deadline: Completed applications must be sent electronically to the Chicago Federation of Labor by Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. Applications and all supporting documents should be emailed all together to scholarship@chicagolabor.org


Apply Now for the 2022 IAM Scholarship Competition

The competition is open to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada. The Application packet must be postmarked by February 11, 2022, and received no later than February 23, 2022.

Please click HERE for full scholarship competition details and application form. 



Apply for a scholarship just for union families

Please click HERE for full scholarship competition details and application form.




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