As the COVID-19 impacts workers across our state, we are compiling emergency resources to help you and your family in this time of crisis. The resources listed below come from a variety of sources, including King County and the Washington State Labor Council. More resources are also available on our International Union's website. If you are aware of resources not listed here, please send us an email or write it in the comments below. Please stay healthy and safe!
- Public Health Information
- Social Distancing
- Unemployment Benefits and Workers Comp
- Financial Resources for Consumers
- Trouble Paying Rent or Mortgage
- Student Loan Deferments
- Paying Utilities
- Food Assistance
- Insurance Issues
- Childcare for essential workers
- Union Families In Need
- Mental health assistance
- Understanding the federal government's response (Families First/CARES Act)
- Resources for first responders/public safety/corrections
- Resources for immigrant workers - en español
- Who's Hiring? Find a Teamster Job
The Washington State Department of Health has everything you need to know about the respiratory illness COVID-19, how it’s spread, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you think you might have contracted it. The Dept. of Health’s Coronavirus Hotline is 1-800-525-0127, press #. Learn more here.
Anyone who has lost their job due to coronavirus or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative (and does not get paid sick time from work) should apply for UNEMPLOYMENT insurance. Info on that here.
If you apply for unemployment benefits and your claim is rejected, please contact the Unemployment Law Project at 206-441-9178 x0 for assistance.
Anyone whose job has brought them into direct contact with someone with coronavirus (for instance, a first responder or a health care worker) and has become ill or are required to quarantine can file for WORKERS’ COMP. File for that here.
If you have questions or need assistance filing for unemployment insurance, please call 800-318-6022 or schedule a time to speak with a claims agent who can help you.
If you or a friend or family member are out of work, Washington State's Employment Security Department provides support services as well.
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus.
If you don’t have enough money to pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:
- Washington Homeownership Hotline (877-894-HOME)
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggestions
- Rental assistance & counseling (800-569-4287)
- List of Housing Counseling Agencies
- For Seattle renters, the Mayor has issued a 30-day moratorium on evictions – through mid-April
If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.
If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.
- Puget Sound Energy will not disconnect customers, will waive late fees, and offers payments plans.
- For Seattle residents, Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities will not shut off service during the emergency. They also offer deferred payment plans and discount programs.
- The Utilities and Transportation Commission offers energy assistance programs.
- The federal government also has assistance programs to help with telephone and heating bills.
- Comcast is offering free WiFi hot spots, unlimited data, and no disconnects or late fees.
If you’re looking for help feeding yourself or your family, visit the Food Lifeline website to find a partner food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood. This food is free and available to you, even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.
The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions.
- Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner - COVID-19 Resources Information from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
- Uninsured? — Take advantage of the Washington Health Care Authority’s special open enrollment period on the Health Benefit Exchange, running through April 8. Sign up at Washington HealthplanFinder. Meanwhile, Apple Health (Medicaid) enrollment is year-round.
The COVID 19 pandemic is highlighting just how essential child care is as we respond to this unprecedented public health crisis. For childcare response and referral, call 1-800-446-1114. Be sure to ask for a Union provider.
We are urging all organizations and individuals interested in helping union families suffering economic hardship amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington state to make contributions to the Foundation for Working Families, a nonprofit formed by the WSLC and its affiliated unions to assist union families in times of hardship or disaster. Click here to make a contribution online or mail a check to the Foundation for Working Families, 321 16th Ave S., Seattle, WA, 98144. The FFWF is a 501(c)(3) organization — federal tax ID 91-1702271 — and all donations are tax-deductible charitable contributions.
Families can apply for FFWF assistance by downloading its Hardship Assistance Form. Assistance is not restricted to union members, but they are given priority. For more information about the FFWF, email Karen White or call her at 360-570-5169.
In these uneasy times, if you find yourself in a stressful or physically threatening situation, or need to talk to someone, please consider using these 24/7 hotlines.
If you are a public safety employee, emergency services personnel or their family member, make a Safe Call Now to (206) 459-3020.
It is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service nationwide.
- In a life crisis, reach out to counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800) 273-8355.
- Staying at home may put vulnerable individuals at risk. If you or your loved one doesn't feel safe at home, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1(800) 799-7433, or text "LOVEIS" to 22522.
- If you are seeking help coping with drug or alcohol addiction, call the National Drug Helpline at 1(844) 289-0879.
- Connect with a crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line by texting "HOME" to 741741.
FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA): FFCRA provides paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to some workers, funds nutritional assistance, and establishes free testing for COVID-19. For more information about workers' right to paid leave under the Act, please visit the Department of Labor's website.
CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT (CARES): The second major federal relief package for the COVID-19 pandemic, the $2 trillion CARES Act includes direct payments to American taxpayers, extended and increased unemployment benefits, a new unemployment assistance program for self-employed workers, small business relief, and more. See more info about the Act here.
Our International Union has put together resources for first responders and Teamsters working in public safety professions.
If you have been laid off or are facing layoff as a result of the coronavirus crisis and are looking for a job, there are several Teamster employers who are currently hiring. We're making an effort to update this page on a daily basis.
PRIORITY OPENINGS TO FILL
- Safeway Distribution Center: Hiring 18 warehouse employees (for produce drop, starts at 2pm), send resume to Seattle.HR@albertsons.com
- Safeway Ice Cream Plant: Looking to hire employees with forklift experience. Interested applicants should email email@example.com
- Fred Meyer Distribution Warehouse: Hiring 10-12 warehouse positions a week (permanent positions), apply here
City of Tacoma:
- Alder Lake Park Seasonal Laborer
- Cowlitz River Project, Park Supervisor Assistant
- Cowlitz Seasonal Laborer
- EIM Software Development Engineer
- Energy Research and Development Intern
- Experienced Police Officer (Lateral)
- GIS Intern
- Police Officer Recruit (Entry Level)
- Road Use Compliance Supervisor
- Senior Systems Engineer
- Software Development Engineer- Operations & Trading
- Systems Engineer
- Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance Machinist/Millwright/Mechanic
- Dawn Foods: Hiring multiple line / operator positions, all shifts, apply here (choose the Seattle Manufacturing Plant (MPSE) location to see the positions open)
- Darigold: Production openings, apply here
- King County: Hiring multiple positions (sort listings by date posted to get the most recent openings), apply here
- DOC: Hiring multiple positions, apply here
- Law enforcement positions can be found here
- Swire Coca Cola: Hiring merchandiser, applicants will need to submit an online application on the Swire Coca Cola website and select the Bellevue location
- Pepsi: Hiring merchandiser, apply here
- Lineage Seafreeze: Hiring utility position, apply here
- QCD: Hiring 2 drivers, apply here
- USB Franz: Hiring multiple positions, apply here
- UNFI: Hiring drivers, apply here
- Schnitzer Steel: Hiring warehouse production, apply here
- Seattle Iron: Apply in person: 601 S Myrtle St, Seattle, WA 98108
- Steeler: Hiring a machinist and mechanic, send resume to Lindsay Decker
- Brand / Aluma Systems: 3-5 openings, print and bring filled out application to 28201 WA-410 East, Buckley, WA 98321
- AmerisourceBergen: Currently has openings on days and nights, to apply for these positions go to Indeed.com or AmerisourceBergen website