EI available while waiting for Short Term Disability claim approval

September 27, 2021 - Hello Members,

The Union is seeing an increase in grievances regarding denial of Short Term Disability claims. As we know, the appeal process can in some cases take considerable time. With these wait times, some members have felt the need to return to work prior to their medical leave end date since they are often unsure of the appeal outcome, and are not receiving pay.

We would like to advise members that they also have an option to apply for Employment Insurance – sickness benefits while they await the decision of either the initial Short Term Disability claim or the appeal. 

Please keep in mind that if you are successful in your Short Term Disability claim any monies you received from Employment Insurance will have to be paid back. 

Please contact your Local Union Representative if you need assistance. 

In Solidarity, 

USW Local 1944