In the Cigar Makers the cost of the death benefit is increasing.
The wife's death benefit is designed to defray the cost of burial.
The death benefit in the Carpenters' union was graded in such a way as to offer an additional incentive to retain membership.
The mutual insurance association instituted by the first convention paid a disability benefit equal to the death benefit.
In the majority of the unions every member admitted to the union is covered by the death benefit.
The death benefit is thus regarded by the unions not as a pure matter of business.
In several important unions the death benefit has been made the basis for a disability benefit.
In January, 1879, the Iron Molders provided for the payment of a death benefit for all members of the craft.
Only a few unions make good physical condition a requisite for admission to the death benefit.
Thus a member receiving the disability benefit loses his right to the death benefit.