Making Workers' Compensation Work Right for Minnesota's Union Construction Industry


Due to high insurance costs, frustration with the state-run system and lengthy litigation of workers' compensation claims, leaders of management and labor sponsoring organizations in the construction industry succeeded in having the 1995 Minnesota legislature create a law allowing them to develop a binding alternative claim administration system through collective bargaining.

In 1997 a joint labor-management Board of Trustees began an alternative program for Minnesota: the Union Construction Workers' Compensation Program (UCWCP).

The Program provides a confidential and neutral resource about issues related to work injuries to contractors and their injured employees. The Program ensures that injured union employees will receive high-quality medical care and the proper benefits available under Minnesota law -- on time and without hassles or litigation.


The UCWCP is NOT a provider of workers’ compensation insurance. The Program allows contractors to work with any insurance agent. In addition, the trustees have partnered with certain workers' compensation insurance companies, self-insured funds, and third-party administrators to provide workers’ compensation coverage for our Participating Contractors. These sponsoring Insurance Providers agree to follow specific claim service guidelines for our contractors and their injured employees. In addition, they are required to offer direct premium credits to our contractors to off-set membership fees.


If at any time you do not feel comfortable about how your employee’s claim is progressing through the system, or you have unanswered questions, simply call the UCWCP.

How to Contact the UCWCP:

UCWCP Member Services: (952) 851-5943
E-mail: [email protected]