Resources & Links

Below you’ll find resource links to member benefit information including helpful information and documentation on Health, Welfare & Pension as well as a Legal Hotline & Safety. If you cannot find a proper benefit resource link for your inquiry or question, contact our Local’s office and a local 272 representative will be more than happy to assist you. Please click the links below for more information:

  • Trust Information – For Trust information on the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council Welfare and Pension Funds
  • Tax Alert – Legacy Professionals, the certified public accountant for the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, has a tax alert on its Web site that members can access free of charge. 
  • Health Plan – Benefit Information – Active  – For complete information regarding: Eligibility, Disability, Life Insurance, Continuation Coverage, Medical, Dental Vision & Prescription.
  • Health Plan – Benefit Information – Retiree
  • Health Plan – Find Network Provider – Find a health plan network provider like BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Medco Health Solutions, Diagnostic Benefit Management, EyeMed Vision Care, ComPsych Guidance Resources, Health Dynamics Preventive Care, Epic Hearing Health Care, QualSight LASIK and Delta Dental
  • Suspect Asbestos at Your Job Site? Contact your steward, business representative or call our Safety Department
  • Health Plan – Forms – Commonly used health plan forms
  • Carpenters’ Legal Hotline – The Hotline program is designed to provide union carpenters and their families with a source for information on a wide variety of legal matters. It is a quick reference source you can trust and go to without obligation and with the knowledge that the information being given to you is being given to you in good faith.
  • LifeEvents – For more information on the life events that affect your health and welfare benefits
  • Follow Us on Facebook – We are now on Facebook. Search for the Council under Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council, or the training centers under Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council Apprentice & Training Program.

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago – Every summer the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council partners with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago to help low-income homeowners.

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) – Our International union comprises more than 520,000 highly skilled men and women throughout the building-trades industries. The UBC represents and offers training to North America’s carpenters, cabinetmakers, millwrights, pile drivers, lathers, framers, floor layers, roofers, drywallers and workers in forest products and related industries

Local 1185 Chicago Floor Covering Installers – Local 1185 meets all of the needs of the flooring industry in Chicagoland.

INSTALLTM Floor Covering Program – INSTALL provides the most modern, comprehensive flooring installation training for the best-trained floor covering installation professionals in our region.

Quality Millwork – Specializing in high-quality wood products, more than 100 firms and 2,300 highly skilled craftsmen have helped shape Chicago and Northeast Illinois. Custom architectural millwork can be seen in most of Chicago’s finest establishments. If you can imagine it, these highly trained professionals can make your dreams come true.

Millwrights – Millwrights are an elite group of professionals who work primarily with machinery and equipment requiring precision. For more information about millwrights, please visit their Web site.

The Chicago Federation of Labor – This organization is the central labor body for more than 300 Chicago-area unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). The membership of these unions exceeds 500,000. The main objective of the CFL is to stand up for working men and women by supporting organizing efforts to ensure that workers’ rights are upheld both on the job and in the courts.

Illinois AFL-CIO – The Illinois AFL-CIO represents 1 million union members and is the voice of all working families in the state. Our power lies with the many and diverse people we represent in a multitude of workplaces and in our ability to affect change.

Iowa AFL-CIO – The Federation is a coalition of unions. It is the official organization of the National AFL-CIO in Iowa. The goals of the Iowa Federation of Labor – AFL-CIO are social and economic justice.

Wisconsin AFL-CIO – As the statewide coordinating council for all AFL-CIO unions in Wisconsin, the state AFL-CIO determines union policy on state issues, speaks for labor (and indeed for all working people) on matters of public concern, provides services to local unions and coordinates political and legislative action with its 1,000 affiliated unions that represent 250,000 members in the state.

Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) – Whether you are building your own home, commercial building or remodeling, this link to the CISCO site will help you find high-quality union resources. CISCO is the leading source for information on the unionized construction industry in Northeast Illinois.

The Illinois Labor History Society – It is the premier organization responsible for preserving our labor history. The Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) has accomplished creating the first national monument (“The Martyrs’ Monument” by sculptor Albert Weinert) dedicated to the Haymarket Martyrs. Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, IL, is home to this monument. In memory of the “Haymarket Riot” and now more properly referred to as the “Haymarket Tragedy,” in 2004 the city of Chicago dedicated a memorial sculpture situated at the spot where the hay wagon stood, which was used by the speakers as their platform. The ILHS has numerous books, videos and stories available.

Misericordia – Misericordia/Heart of Mercy’s mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life. They promote development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.

One Hope United – One Hope United promotes the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development of children and families in need through a wide variety of family-focused child welfare services.

Unemployment Help – IDES is your direct link to Illinois workforce services: job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information, payroll tax filing, and more!

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission  – For the latest information on product recalls and recall alerts.

UBC Carpenters Magazine Archives – With permission from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), the University Libraries has digitized the Carpenter from 1905-1989.