Greek debt relief closer than ever but creditors must act, Greek


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Greek debt relief ‘closer than ever’ but creditors must act, Greek prime minister says

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras kept up his demand for debt relief from international lenders on Tuesday, saying Athens was close to securing a solution to ease its debt mountain but that creditors must meet there commitments.

Greece wants to wrap up negotiations with the lenders — the European Union and International Monetary Find — on reforms and on debt relief this month.

It needs another tranche of bailout money, wants to qualify for inclusion in the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program, and seeks to return to bond markets immediately afterwards.

“We are closer than ever to a substantial solution on debt relief,” said Tsipras reiterating that Greece had already agreed to apply more austerity after its current bailout expires and it was its lenders’ turn to fulfill their promises of discussions about debt relief.

“Τhe ball is no longer in our court,” he told reporters referring to lenders’ statements on debt relief in past years.

Despite Greece’s recent statements and a bailout review agreement at staff level, sources close to the lenders have been less optimistic seeing talks on debt relief lasting longer than May.

This is because of sharp differences between the IMF and Germany, Europe’s paymaster, over the Greece’s fiscal targets. The former says Greece’s target and debt are unsustainable; the latter, with an election coming, is less willing to drop its hard line.

After six months of tense talks, Athens and the lenders reached a deal last week on a set of additional reforms the country needs to implement in 2019-20, two years after its current, 86-billion euro bailout program expires.

Greece wants euro zone finance ministers to approve the reforms’ deal at a scheduled Eurogroup meeting on May 22 — a key condition for unlocking vital loans — but also agree on a formula to make its debt sustainable in the medium-term and long term.

Debt sustainability is key for the European Central Bank and the Washington-based IMF, which participated financially in the country’s first two rescue packages, but has yet to announce whether it will join Greece’s current program, the third since 2010.

Greek lawmakers are expected to vote on the new austerity package by May 18, before euro zone finance ministers assess the country’s progress.

Tsipras, who is sagging in opinion polls and whose term expires in 2019, controls 153 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament and he is expected to pass the bill.

But the delays in the negotiations have slowed projected economic growth and have exacerbated reform fatigue after seven years of austerity hurting the government’s popularity further.

Asked whether he was considering a cabinet reshuffle, Tsipras ruled it out.

“We are not considering it. Our aim now is to speed up work as much as we can,” he said during a visit at the education ministry, where he announced a planned education reform.

(Additional reporting Angeliki Koutantou Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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03/11/2017

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Free Training – Jobs for Returning Veterans from UAVIP Veterans in


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Veterans

Eligibility Requirements

Due to the nature of its training, the UA VIP Program is only available to Active-Duty Military personnel preparing to leave the service and currently stationed at a participating base. If this describes you, please click here for more information .

If you are a veteran who has already transitioned out of military service, the UA has additional outlets in place to help put you to work. Throughout your military career, you have acquired a unique skillset of discipline and hands-on training that would make for a highly successful career in the increasingly in-demand piping trades.

Let us help you turn those skills into a life-long, rewarding career through an apprenticeship with the United Association.

UA apprentices learn through both classroom and on-the-job training in what is considered by many to be the best construction industry apprentice program in the world. The five-year apprenticeship period is divided into one-year segments, each of which includes 1,700 to 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related classroom instruction.

All UA apprentices receive a strong general education background in the trade, with core courses in basics such as mathematics, mechanical drafting, and related sciences. Apprentices can choose a specific curriculum to pursue with the goal of becoming a journeyman plumber, pipefitter, sprinkler fitter, or HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) service technician.

All training programs are run through United Association local joint training committees in specific cities or regions, and are directed by the International Training Fund. One of the things that makes the UA training program so successful is that we view it as a joint partnership between labor and management.

Apprenticeship is a serious and vigorous undertaking; UA apprentices must work the same hours as journeymen, plus attend day or night classes. Yet, this can be a highly rewarding career path for an individual who is motivated to learn the piping trade and become an active member of a proud and noble trade union.

If you are a U.S. military veteran seeking a rewarding career in an increasingly in-demand industry, please fill out the form below so we can help you experience the opportunities you deserve.

Veteran Profile

The DoD SkillBridge initiative promotes the civilian job training authority available for transitioning service members. Service members use the SkillBridge application to search for training opportunities that best fit their goals. Click here to learn more.

HELMETS TO HARDHATS

The United Association works in proud partnership with Helmets to Hardhats. a national, nonprofit program that connects National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.

APPRENTICESHIPS

FOR MILITARY MEMBERS

The United Association has the first nationally registered joint apprenticeship program in the United States, dating back to 1936, and is now proudly entering its seventh decade. Individuals who enter a United Association five-year apprenticeship program are part of a select group of men and women motivated to learn a complex and challenging trade while upholding the ideals of trade unionism. It is for this reason that we are so committed to working with the service members through our Veterans In Piping Program. more


11/10/2017

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Protection of personal data – European Commission #europa,european #commission,institutions,news,calendar,organisation,commissioners,president,recruitment,contact,services,european #union,eu


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Protection of personal data

In January 2012, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of data protection rules in the EU .

On 4 May 2016, the official texts of the Regulation and the Directive have been published in the EU Official Journal in all the official languages. While the Regulation will enter into force on 24 May 2016, it shall apply from 25 May 2018. The Directive enters into force on 5 May 2016 and EU Member States have to transpose it into their national law by 6 May 2018 .

The objective of this new set of rules is to give citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform is a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. The reform will allow European citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.

Whenever you open a bank account, join a social networking website or book a flight online, you hand over vital personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number.

What happens to this data? Could it fall into the wrong hands? What rights do you have regarding your personal information?

Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data.

Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Furthermore, persons or organisations which collect and manage your personal information must protect it from misuse and must respect certain rights of the data owners which are guaranteed by EU law.

Every day within the EU, businesses, public authorities and individuals transfer vast amounts of personal data across borders. Conflicting data protection rules in different countries would disrupt international exchanges. Individuals might also be unwilling to transfer personal data abroad if they were uncertain about the level of protection in other countries.

Therefore, common EU rules have been established to ensure that your personal data enjoys a high standard of protection everywhere in the EU. You have the right to complain and obtain redress if your data is misused anywhere within the EU.

The EU’s Data Protection Directive also foresees specific rules for the transfer of personal data outside the EU to ensure the best possible protection of your data when it is exported abroad.

Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection

The Article 29 Working Party, composed of representatives from all EU Data Protection Authorities, the EDPS and the European Commission, was set up under the Directive 95/46/EC. It has advisory status and acts independently.


24/09/2017

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The Union Labor Life Insurance Company, Inc: Private Company Information #the


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Company Overview of The Union Labor Life Insurance Company, Inc.

Company Overview

The Union Labor Life Insurance Company, Inc. offers insurance services for union workers and their families. It provides its services in the areas of life insurance, individual life insurance, direct response marketing, and investment services. The company also offers group life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, group disability insurance, stop loss insurance, and individual insurance. It provides an array of commingled investment accounts. The company was founded in 1927 and is based in Washington, District Of Columbia. The Union Labor Life Insurance Company, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of ULLICO Inc.

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22/09/2017

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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont


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Asset sales plan secures EU backing for $130 billion Dow, DuPont merger

The Dow logo is seen on a building in downtown Midland, Michigan, in this May 14, 2015 file photograph. Rebecca Cook/File Photo

(Reuters) – Dow Chemical and DuPont won the blessing of the European Union for their $130 billion merger on Monday by agreeing to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities.

The European Commission had been concerned that the merger of two of the biggest and oldest U.S. chemical producers would leave few incentives to produce new herbicides and pesticides in the future. The deal is one of a trio of mega mergers that will reshape the industry and consolidate six companies into three.

Asset sales would ensure competition in the sector and benefit European farmers and consumers, the Commission said.

“We need effective competition in this sector so companies are pushed to develop products that are ever safer for people and better for the environment,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

“Our decision today ensures that the merger between Dow and DuPont does not reduce price competition for existing pesticides or innovation for safer and better products in the future.”

The two other big deals in the industry are ChemChina’s [CNNCC.UL] $43 billion bid for Syngenta and Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto.

Dow and DuPont said they were still on target for $3 billion in cost synergies and $1 billion in growth benefits.

The deal is still to be approved by regulators in the United States, Brazil, China, Australia and Canada, but the companies said they were confident of clearance in all remaining jurisdictions.

“This regulatory milestone is a significant step toward closing the merger transaction, with the intention to subsequently spin into three independent publicly traded companies,” Dow spokeswoman Rachelle Schikorra said in an email.

The EU approval may be a sign that U.S. regulators would follow suit because the agencies have traditionally coordinated on reviews and remedies for large multinational mergers, said Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute non-profit group.

However, any required asset sales would likely reflect antitrust concerns in the local marketplace.

“In the U.S. there are very high shares in corn and soybean seeds. We would expect those problems to be significant enough for enforcers in the U.S. to remedy them,” Moss said.

Weighty Decision

DuPont products are shown for sale in a hardware store in National City, California, December 9, 2015. Mike Blake/File Photo

The 1,000-page decision underlined the significance of the merger. In return for the EU green light, DuPont will divest large parts of its global pesticides business, including its global research and development organization.

The unit makes herbicides for cereals, oilseed rape, sunflower, rice and pasture and insecticides for insect control for fruits and vegetables.

Dow, in turn, will sell two acid co-polymer manufacturing facilities in Spain and the United States, as well as a contract with a third party through which it buys ionomers. The company has already found a buyer in South Korea’s SK Innovation.

“The main surprises here are the inclusion of the pesticides and the exclusion of any kind of seed assets,” Bernstein analysts wrote in a note. The analysts also said they had expected EU to be concerned about the concentration of seed sales, and that they would require Dow to divest its corn seeds business.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager holds a news conference after Dow Chemical gained conditional EU antitrust approval on Monday for their $130 billion merger by agreeing to significant asset sales, one of a trio of mega mergers that will redraw the agrochemicals industry, in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2017. Yves Herman

“We see the required divestments here as smaller than we originally expected, due to the exclusion of seed assets”.

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10/09/2017

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Tech Checking

Tech Checking gives you the features you expect, plus online and mobile banking services to help you manage your account from anywhere, anytime.

Secured Checking

If problems with NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds) fees have caused you to be listed in ChexSystems, you know getting a new checking account can be extremely difficult. And without a Checking account, you re forced to use budget-draining payment services like money orders or retail currency centers. Tech CU Secured Checking is designed to provide basic checking services to those who want to make an honest effort to manage their finances and take control of their money.

  • Free box of Tech CU security checks.
  • Tech Check Card (Visa debit) is available.
  • Free Tech Debit Alerts .
  • Free 24-hour account access via Online Banking Mobile Banking .
  • View and print images of cleared checks in Online Banking.
  • No per-check fee.
  • Optional overdraft transfer from savings.
  • Access your account at CO-OP Shared Branch locations nationwide
  • Ability to upgrade to regular Tech Checking after 6-months of properly maintaining this account.
  • Assistance with establishing Direct Deposit or Payroll Deduction to your account.

Secured Checking has the following requirements:

  • Those with a record of fraud at ChexSystems are not eligible.
  • Minimum daily balance requirement of $200 ($100 is held in Money Market Savings).
  • $5.00 monthly account service fee; $10.00 per month whenever the required minimum daily balance is not maintained.
  • Account e-Statement is required.
  • 7-business day hold on deposited checks.
  • $34.00 per NSF item returned.
  • $30.00 per stop payment.
  • $6.00 per overdraft transfer.
  • $5.00 copy of cleared checks.
  • Online Bill Pay service is not available.
  • Account will be closed for uncollected account fees.
  • Other account fees or restrictions may apply.

ChexSystems is a network made up of member banks and credit unions that regularly contribute information on mishandled checking and savings accounts to a central location. This information is shared among member institutions to help them assess the risk of opening new accounts. Each report submitted to ChexSystems remains on file for five years unless the source of information requests its removal or ChexSystems becomes obligated to remove it under applicable law.

Open A Checking Account Today

Your new checking account can be opened at any Tech CU branch.

  • To open a Checking account, a minimum of $25.00 must be on deposit in your Tech CU Money Market Savings account.
  • A $25 initial deposit is required to open (Tech Checking).
  • Present a valid driver s license with your correct mailing address.
  • Present your most recent pay-stub (if employed).
  • Your first box of checks is free and is mailed to your home within 7 to 10 business days from the time of account opening.
  • Tech Check Card and PIN is mailed (separately) to your home 2 to 3 weeks from the time of account opening. You also have the option of having these items mailed directly to the credit union for pick-up.

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06/09/2017

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Renewable energy – European Commission #energy, #european #commission, #european #union, #eu


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Renewable energy

Renewable energy

Overview

Renewable energy can be produced from a wide variety of sources including wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, and biomass. By using more renewables to meet its energy needs, the EU lowers its dependence on imported fossil fuels and makes its energy production more sustainable. The renewable energy industry also drives technological innovation and employment across Europe.

2020 renewable energy targets

The EU’s Renewable energy directive sets a binding target of 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. To achieve this, EU countries have committed to reaching their own national renewables targets ranging from 10% in Malta to 49% in Sweden. They are also each required to have at least 10% of their transport fuels come from renewable sources by 2020.

All EU countries have adopted national renewable energy action plans showing what actions they intend to take to meet their renewables targets. These plans include sectorial targets for electricity, heating and cooling, and transport; planned policy measures; the different mix of renewables technologies they expect to employ; and the planned use of cooperation mechanisms .

A new target for 2030

Renewables will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. EU countries have already agreed on a new renewable energy target of at least 27% of final energy consumption in the EU as a whole by 2030 as part of the EU’s energy and climate goals for 2030 .

On 30 November 2016, the Commission published a proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive to make the EU a global leader in renewable energy and ensure that the 2030 target is met.

Support schemes for renewables

Public interventions such as support schemes remain necessary to make certain renewable energy technologies competitive. To avoid distorting energy prices and the market however, these schemes should be time-limited and carefully designed. The EU has issued guidance on support schemes to help governments when they design or revise support schemes.

Progress reports

Every two years, the EU publishes a renewable energy progress report .

The 2017 report states that the EU as a whole achieved a 16% share of renewable energy in 2014 and an estimated 16.4% share in 2015. The vast majority of EU countries are well on track to reach their 2020 binding targets for renewable energy.

This report was published in February 2017 alongside the Second State of the Energy Union report.

Transparency Platform

Under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission must keep a ‘transparency platform’. This allows public access to national and Commission documents relating to renewable energy.


06/09/2017

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IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes #irs, #irs


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IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes. And that s not all.

So, where do you work? That’s a question Internal Revenue Service employees must dread. Besides the fact that nobody like paying taxes, the agency’s reputation has suffered in the past year because of accusations that it subjected applications for tax exempt status from tea party groups to greater scrutiny.

But things got worse for the IRS yesterday.

A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration shows that between Oct. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2012, the IRS paid $2.8 million in bonuses to employees cited in the past year for such things as drug use, making violent threats, fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits, misusing government credit cards and — get this — failing to pay their taxes.

The report said more than 1,100 employees who failed to pay their taxes received discretionary awards of more than $1 million in cash bonuses and more than 10,000 hours in extra paid vacation.

At least five employees received performance awards after being disciplined for intentionally under-reporting their tax liabilities for multiples years, paying taxes late and under-reporting income.

Like many companies and government agencies, the IRS sweetens the deal for its employees by giving bonuses based on performance. But at the IRS, breaking the federal tax laws you were hired to enforce and running afoul of other agency rules aren’t considered relevant to performance-based awards.

You have to do something really bad before the IRS will take conduct into account, bad enough to be suspended for 14 days or more. Even then, conduct is only deemed relevant to awards of permanent pay increases, not for bonuses or extra vacation time.

None of this apparently violated federal guidelines or any internal policies related to rewarding employees.

In fact, the agency cut performance-based payments beyond what was required by a 2011 federal policy instructing agencies to limit incentive payments to 2010 levels. Everyone who got an award received a performance rating of “fully successful” as required by federal guidelines.

The IRS’s contract with the National Treasury Employees Union bars the agency from considering bad conduct when making performance-based awards. As for non-union employees, federal guidelines are silent on the subject.

More than 2,800 employees out of 98,000 got performance-based awards within a year of disciplinary action.

“While not specifically prohibited by IRS policies, providing awards to employees with conduct issues, especially the failure to pay taxes owed to the Federal Government, appears to be in conflict with the IRS’s charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration,” the report said. “In addition, awards provided to these employees could be put to better use by providing employees who are compliant additional opportunities for awards.”

In response to the report, the IRS said it was in the process of developing a policy linking conduct to performance awards for executives and senior management and will consider extending such a policy to the entire workforce if possible, noting that such a change would be subject to union approval.

NTEU President Colleen Kelley told USA Today that the union would review any proposed changes to its contract for the “relatively small number of employees who may have had some overlap between a performance award review period and a conduct issue.”

If the IRS does adopt a policy tying conduct to performance-based awards, it will be among the first to do so it says. “Of the 15 federal and 13 state policies we examined, only one agency specifically prohibited granting an award if conduct issues were present,” the agency wrote in a letter to the Inspector General’s office.


03/08/2017

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Highest Tax Saving Bank Fixed Deposit Rates 80C – May 2017


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Highest Tax Saving Bank Fixed Deposit Rates U/S 80C May 2017

Highest Tax Saving Bank Fixed Deposit Rates 80C May 2017

Tax Saving Fixed Deposits one of the most popular way to save taxes u/s 80C of income tax. These are like normal Fixed Deposit with banks but is labeled as “Tax Saving FD” while making the deposit.

Why you Should Invest?

  1. Convenient to invest. ICICI Bank, SBI, HDFC Bank, etc offers online facility for Tax Saving FD
  2. Redemption on maturity comes directly to your bank account
  3. High Safety FD up to Rs 1 Lakh is insured

Why you Should Not Invest?

  1. There are lot of competing products like EPF, PPF, ELSS to exaust the investment of Rs 1.5 Lakh u/s 80C
  2. The interest earned is taxable
  3. Cannot be withdrawn prematurely
  4. Cannot be pledged to secure loan or as security

Tax Saving Fixed Deposit Interest Rate

Bandhan Bank and Bank of India have reduced their interest rates (compared to last month) on tax Saving FDs.

Also State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore have merged with State Bank of India effective April 1, 2017.

As of May 1, 2017 banks are offering 6.00% 7.50% for general public and 7.00% 8.00% for Senior Citizens.

  1. The best Tax Saving Fixed Deposit Interest offered is 7.50% for General Public byThe Ratnakar Bank
  2. The best Senior citizens Tax Saving Fixed Deposit Interest offered is 8.00% by The Ratnakar Bank

The table below lists the banks in alphabetical order with their respective interest rate offer on Tax Saving FDs for General and Senior Citizens.

The highest Interest Rates have been highlighted :

Taxation TDS Tax Saving Fixed Deposits:

The interest received on tax Saving Fixed Deposit is fully taxable. The interest income is considered as income from other sources for Tax filing and taxed at marginal tax rates applicable.

TDS would be deducted at the rate of 10% of the interest paid, if the interest paid exceeds Rs 10,000 in a financial year. You can see the same in Form 26AS .

In case your income does not exceed taxable slab and so want to avoid TDS, you can submit Form 15G or 15H when making the deposit. You would also need to submit the form at the start of every financial year to the concerned bank branch.

Key Points – Tax Saving FD:

Below are some of points to keep in mind while investing in Tax Saving Deposits:

  1. As the Tax Saving FD scheme was introduced in Budget of 2006, it s also known as Tax Saving Deposit scheme 2006 (Notification Number 203/2006 and SO1220 (E) dated 28/07/2006)
  2. Most of the banks accept deposit of 5 Years only. However there are banks with deposit tenures of more than 5 Years
  3. You can deposit on either Single or Joint name. However benefit of tax deduction is available for first holder only.
  4. Most banks offer interest rate which is similar to their 5 years term deposits. Only a few banks give slightly higher interest rate for their Tax Saving Fixed Deposits
  5. Most banks give Senior citizens and their staff members additional interest of 0.25% to 0.5%
  6. Depositor can opt for either cumulative or non-cumulative way of crediting periodical interest
  7. Don’t be mislead by banks advertisements about their yield on Tax Saving FDs. Those are manipulative calculations
  8. Be cautious of small co-operative banks as they have higher risk than bigger private and public sector banks
  9. Depositor gets benefit U/s.80C of the Income Tax Act. 1961
  10. Minimum deposit is Rs.100 and in multiples thereof
  11. Maximum deposit in a Financial Year Rs.1,50,000/- [i.e. 1st April to 31st March of the following calendar year]
  12. Deposits cannot be withdrawn prematurely
  13. Deposits cannot be pledged to secure loan or as security

Disclaimer:We have tried to keep interest rates up to date, but as these change frequently you are advised to check with the bank before investing. Also it would be great if you can point out any errors through comments or email!

Direct link for Interest Rates on FDs of Banks:

Below is the direct link for Interest Rates of Major Banks. You might want to check the interest rates before doing your FD.


10/07/2017

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Discount Car Rental Deals for Union Members Only #canada #travels

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Up to 25% Discount on Car Rental Deals

Need a rental car? Enjoy up to 25% discount

Whether it’s a car, van, SUV or truck rental, working families can get good rental car deals and drive in style for less. Discount rental car rates and savings vary depending on the type of car or vehicle, time of year, location and length of car rental reservation.

  • In a typical year, you could save an average of $43.20 if you use the Union Plus Rental Car Discounts.
  • When you book your discount car rental online, you can also print out your rental car reservation confirmation for your records and to reference when you pick up your car.
  • Calling or ordering your rental cars online in advance may also mean you pay less than at the counter.
  • Union members can choose to use their Union Plus Credit Card when they make their reservations for Avis or Budget rental cars and automatically get the discount car rental rates. This automatic Union Plus Credit Card discount applies to Avis and Budget car rentals only.
  • Union members may be able to rent American-made and environmentally-friendly cars or trucks. You can also choose a GPS in your rental car to assist with directions.
  • Instead of waiting in long toll lines, if you rent a car with an E-ZPass or I-Pass, you can pay your toll electronically by driving through a designated lane. State restrictions and terms and conditions may apply.
  • If you’re not already, consider joining the car rental company’s loyalty program when you make your discount rental car reservation, including Alamo Insiders, Avis Preferred Service, Budget® Fastbreak®, Enterprise Plus, Hertz #1 Club and The Emerald Club® by National Car Rental.

These programs vary by company, but they’re typically free and entitle you to certain privileges when picking up your vehicle, including faster car rental reservations without filling out forms or waiting in line since your information will be on file ahead of time. You could also be eligible for additional special offers, upgrades, directions and more.

How many miles should you plan on driving your rental car in a single day?

Under optimum driving conditions, the maximum number of miles you should drive is about 350 miles per day. Many things can affect the road travel – including weather, traffic, road conditions, terrain (hilly or flat) and driver fatigue. Take these factors into account when planning your trip.

Share your flight information with your rental car company. For airport car rentals, be sure to give the car rental customer service representative your flight number and scheduled arrival time. This will usually protect your reservation if the flight is delayed.

If you have personal auto insurance or charge the rental to a major credit card. you may be covered at least for collision damage — so you shouldn’t have to purchase the car rental company’s collision or loss damage waiver (CDW or LDW) insurance. Make sure to ask your insurance agent or credit card issuer before you decline this coverage. NOTE: The Union Plus Auto Insurance offers coverage for rental car collision damage for personal travel (not business travel).

Before you drive away from the rental car pick-up station, inspect the car carefully for body damage. Be sure the lights and turn signals are working properly, and check the mileage odometer. Report any defects immediately.

Be wary of prepaid gasoline plans. Always fill the tank yourself before returning the vehicle so that you’re only paying for the amount of gas you actually used. Try to avoid the gas stations right near the airport where you’re dropping off your car — the prices tend to be highest there. Instead, fill up a few miles away. Even better: Check GasBuddy.com before your trip to find out where the cheapest gas stations are in your area.

Time your car rental return to get the best discount car rental rates. It may seem counterintuitive, but returning your car too early may actually cost you money. You’ll sometimes pay an early return fee, but even worse, your rate structure will most likely change and you’ll be responsible for the difference. Of course, returning the car late could cost you too — many car rental companies only give you a 30-minute grace period before beginning to charge late fees.

What‮s the cell phone usage law in the states you‮ll be driving in? Here’s a handy chart of cell phone laws by state (keep in mind that this information can change at any time). Remember that even if it’s legal to talk on a cell phone, it’s usually safest to use a hands-free device.

Eligibility

The Union Plus Rental Car Discounts are available in participating locations in the Unites States and Canada. The program is not available in Guam, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.

Who is eligible?

  • Dues-paying labor union members of participating unions
  • Retired union members
  • Spouse, domestic partners, and children of union members
  • Widows/widowers of union members
  • Union Plus credit cardholders

Customer Service

Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for Alamo rental cars with your Union Plus discount

By phone: 1-800-462-5266

(reference contract I.D. # 7015700)

  • Avis Car Rental

    Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for Avis rental cars with your Union Plus discount

    By phone: 1-800-698-5685

    (reference union I.D. # B723700)

  • Budget Car Rental

    Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for Budget rental cars with your Union Plus discount

    By phone: 1-800-455-2848

    (reference union I.D. # V816100)

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car

    Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for Enterprise rental cars with your Union Plus discount

    By phone: 1-877-222-9711 (no code necessary)

  • Hertz Car Rental

    Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for Hertz rental cars with your Union Plus discount

    By phone: 1-800-654-2200

    (reference union I.D. # 205666)

  • National Car Rental

    Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for National rental cars with your Union Plus discount

    By phone: 1-800-227-7368

    (reference contract I.D. # 5029562)

    National customer service information

  • Dollar Car Rental

    Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for Dollar rental cars with your Union Plus discount

    By phone: 1-800-800-4000

    (reference CD# TB7546)

  • Thrifty Car Rental

    Get discount rental car quotes and make reservations online for Thrifty rental cars with your Union Plus discount

    By phone: 1-800-847-4389

    (reference CD# 0010231364)





    27/04/2017

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