As a participant in the I.U.O.E. Local 14-14B Training Fund you are entitled to certain rights and protections under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA"). ERISA provides that all plan participants shall be entitled to:

Examine, without charge, at the plan administrator's office and at other specified locations, such as worksites and union halls, all plan documents, including insurance contracts, collective bargaining agreements and copies of all documents filed by the plan with the U.S. Department of Labor, such as detailed annual reports and plan descriptions.

Obtain copies of all plan documents and other plan information upon written request to the plan administrator. The administrator may make a reasonable charge for the copies. Receive a summary of the plan's annual financial report. The plan administrator is required by law to furnish each participant with a copy of this summary annual report.

In addition to creating rights for plan participants, ERISA imposes duties upon the people who are responsible for the operation of the employee benefit plan. The people who operate your plan, called "fiduciaries" of the plan, have a duty to do so prudently and in the interest of you and other plan participants and beneficiaries. No one, including your employer, your union, or any other person, may fire you or otherwise discriminate against you in any way to prevent you from obtaining a benefit or exercising your rights under ERISA. If your claim for benefits is denied in whole or in part you must receive a written explanation of the reason for the denial. You have the right to have the plan review and reconsider your claim. Under ERISA, there are steps you can take to enforce the above rights. For instance, if you request materials from the plan and do not receive them within 30 days, you may file suit in a federal court. In such a case, the court may require the plan administrator to provide the materials and pay you up to $100 a day until you receive the materials, unless the materials were not sent because of reasons beyond the control of the administrator. If you have a claim for benefits which is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you may file suit in a state or federal court. If it should happen that plan fiduciaries misuse the Plan's money, or if you are discriminated against for asserting your rights, you may seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor, or you may file suit in a federal court. The court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees. If you are successful the court may order the person you have sued to pay these costs and fees. For example, if it finds your claim is frivolous, you may be required to pay the fees and other costs involved in defending the case. If you have any questions about your plan, you should contact the Plan administrator. If you have any questions about this statement or about your rights under ERISA you should contact the nearest Area Office of the U.S. Labor-Management Services Administration, Department of Labor.


If a dispute arises as to the administration of these benefits, a Participant may request a review of the matter within sixty days after he becomes aware of the problem. A Participant may request a review, may have the opportunity to review pertinent documents, and may submit issues and comments in writing to the Board of Trustees. Requests for review must be made in writing and should be sent to the Fund Office. The Board of Trustees will render a decision within 60 days after the receipt of the request for a review unless special circumstances require an extension of time in which case a decision will be rendered within 120 days. The decision of the Board of Trustees will be in writing and will include the specific reason(s) for the decision and specific references to provisions of plan documents or policy decisions on which the decision is based.