Local Union 1899 Granite City, IL

IMPORTANT NOTICE WHEN CERTIFYING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

Attention members who are laid off and receiving a PBGC Pension benefit:

APRIL 26, 2016

When you initially filed your claim for unemployment benefits - if you are receiving a PBGC pension - you were instructed to notify Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) of your pension by answering "yes" to the question, "Are you receiving a pension benefit?" This in turn generated a questionaire form from IDES which you filled out and returned showing the monthly benefit amount and start-date of receiving the pension benefit.

There has been some confusion as to how to answer the question regarding receiving a pension once you start certiying for benefits on a bi-weekly basis following the initial filing.

We now have received clarification from Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) regarding the matter:

IF YOU ANSWERED "YES" TO RECEIVING A PENSION WHEN YOU FIRST FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, YOU MUST CONTINUE TO ANSWER "YES" TO RECEIVING A PENSION EACH TIME YOU CERTIFY THEREAFTER EVERY 2 WEEKS.

(NOTE: Receiving a PBGC Pension will NOT affect your unemployment benefit or SUB Pay).

Questions? Call 618-452-1899

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