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General Membership Meeting

Tuesday September 16, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Italian Center

Mill St. Poughkeepsie NY

6p.m.

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If an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from what he or she says, the employee has the right to request union representation. Management is not required to inform the employee of his/her Weingarten rights; it is the employees responsibility to know and request.

"If this discussion can in any way lead to me being disciplined, I respectfully request union representation before I answer any questions"

Protect yourself! Learn it, use it!

A Message From The President

The Executive Board welcomes all Communications Workers of America, AFL,CIO Local 1120 members to our web page. The purpose of this web page is to provide a means of supplying information about our local and labor issues.    To all cwa local 1120 members. I want to thank all of my fellow union brothers and sisters for their commitment, and determination in keeping our local strong. Together we can overcome any challenge that we may face.

Frank J. Fauci Jr.
President, CWA Local 1120

           

Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, speech, Aug. 30, 1960

                                                                                                                                                                                 


What's New at CWA 1120
**Corrected Notice of Elections***

CWA Local 1120

157 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie, NY

NOTICE

 ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Dates of Interest:

  • 9/24 - 10/15 Petitions may be picked up at the Union Hall by appointment
  • 10/15 - Petitions must be returned to the Union Hall by 5pm
  • 10/27 - Absentee ballot should be postmarked to ensure arrival by Election Day
  • 11/5 - Election Day

Please Note: By decision of the Election Committee, Absentee Ballots are available for members who are on a scheduled vacation, scheduled to work a shift which makes it impossible for them to reach the polling location on the date of the election, are either hospitalized or non-ambulatory, or whose reporting location is outside the footprint of the Local. Call the Union Office at 845-485-7820 or 1-800-CWA-1120 at once for further information.

Congratulations to New CWA 1120 members the Monroe Free Library
In a election conducted by the NLRB the employees of the Monroe Free Library voted unanimously today to join CWA Local 1120! The library board first forced CWA Local 1120 into a federal hearing that CWA had to win just in order to have the election. These employees have made it through 2 fights in order to have basic, fair representation. Read More...
Open Enrollment

The 2015 Annual Open Enrollment Dates are as follows: Active Members:                   October 21, 2014   to November 4, 2014

Retired Members:      November 6, 2014 to November 20, 2014

  • Retirees can continue to make changes up through December 1, 2014 to be effective January 1, 2015.

If you are happy with your current health plan and want to stay with that plan, there is nothing you need to do.

If you have a Qualified Life Event between now and the end of the year, you will need to make changes on Benefits Connections for both 2014 and 2015.

Examples of a Qualified Status Change are adding a spouse if you get married, adding a child when there is a birth of a new baby.

Health Assessment Credit - $100

Any member who previously completed a Health Assessment will receive the $100 Health Assessment credit in 2015. There is no need to complete a new assessment, if you are currently receiving the credit.

If you are not currently receiving the Health Assessment credit, complete the Health Assessment by December 10, 2014 to receive a $100 credit toward your annual medical plan contributions for 2015. Completion of the Health Assessment after December 10, 2014 but before December 31, 2014 may delay your full credit.

 

 Non- Tobacco User Credit - $600

  • If you are already receiving credits for completing this incentive, no further action is needed.

  • If you are not receiving this credit and DO NOT use tobacco products, indicate your NON-TOBACCO status on Benefits Connection to receive your $600 credit towards your annual medical contributions.

  • If you and your covered dependents DO USE tobacco products but have completed a tobacco cessation course within the last six months indicate your status on Benefits Connections during Open Enrollment for the full credit.

  • If you have NOT Yet completed a tobacco cessation course, you can earn the full Non-Tobacco Credit in 2015 if you and/or your covered

Dependents satisfy the reasonable alternative standard as follows;

1.) During Annual Enrollment, log on to Benefits Connection and answer the Tobacco User Status question while completing your Annual Enrollment elections: - answer YES and intend to complete a tobacco cessation course before July 31, 2015.

2.) Before July 31, 2015, complete a tobacco cessation course such as QuitNet or the Verizon Health Zone Health Assistant, and log on to Benefits Connection. Answer the Tobacco User Status question: YES and completed a tobacco cessation course within the last 6 months.

You MUST update your Tobacco User Status response by July 31, 2015 in order to receive the full Non-Tobacco credit. Any update made to your tobacco user status after July 31, 2015 will result in a prorated credit for the remainder of the year.

HMO Plans - Changes

HIP Health Plan and Independent Health Plan were frozen plans which meant that no new enrollments were allowed in 2014. These plans have been frozen for a few years. The company will be eliminating these plans. The Company reviewed Anthem's network with us and we believe members will have the opportunity to be in a strong network of providers.

 

The Company will send notification letters to employees who are in these plans which will notify them of the plan terminations. Those

Members will be automatically defaulted into the MEP Health Care PPO (HCP) plan if a separate Annual Enrollment election is not made.

Other HMO Changes this Year

Prescription Drug Coverage will move to the Express Script Carve out Design for the following HMOs:

Capital District Physicians Health Plan

  • UHC Passport/Harvard Pilgrim Plan
  • Blue Alliance NY Plan
  • Univera Healthcare (NY)
  • Aetna HMO

Medical Plan -Prescription Changes   and Contributions

There are some changes to the MEP HCP and the HCN medical Options which are the result of the CSA. These changes are outlined on page 3 of the attached document.  The Prescription drug coverage is outlined on page 4 of the attached document. The Medical Plan contributions are outlined on page 5 of the attached document.

Confirmation  Statements

A confirmation statement will no longer be automatically sent. It is being replaced with an enhance enrollment confirmation statement process. Confirmation statements are revised to reflect effective dates for each benefit and they are available any time to view or print by going on line. You can also call the Benefits center and request a copy to be mailed to your house.

 


 
Download: Benefits - We've Got your Covered[1].pdf
**NOTICE**ELECTION OF OFFICERS

CWA Local 1120

157 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie, NY

NOTICE

 ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Dates of Interest:

  • 9/24/14 - Petitions may be picked up at the Union Hall

  • 10/15/14 - Petitions must be returned to the Union Hall by 5pm

  • 10/27/14 - Absentee ballot should be postmarked to ensure arrival by Election Day

  • 11/5/14 - Election Day

    Please Note: By decision of the Election Committee, Absentee Ballots are available for members who are on a scheduled vacation, scheduled to work a shift which makes it impossible for them to reach the polling location on the date of the election, are either hospitalized or non-ambulatory, or whose reporting location is outside the footprint of the Local. Call the Union Office at 845-485-7820 or 1-800-CWA-1120 at once for further information.

Verizon Declares Surplus

Verizon has declared a third quarter surplus. The surplus is due to a process change, NOT an external event. Election to leave the company with an EIPP offer must be submitted by September 2, 2014 and the off Payroll date will be September 21, 2014. CWA Local 1120 is FAA 3

Surplus Job Title FAA 1 FAA 2 FAA 3 FAA 4 FAA 5 FAA 6 Grand Total
Accounting Financial Clerk 8 4 12
Accounting Operations Clerk 35 35
Building Servicer 4 4
Driver A 2 1 3
Driver B 1 1
Office Assistant 2 1 1 4
Operator 30 7 11 13 10 71
Representative* 3 3
Senior Administrative Assistant 2 2
Service Assistant 2 1 1 3 2 9
Special Assistant 10 11 16 1 38
Grand Total 26 79 8 36 19 14 182
*Representative surplus in ITA H.

CWA'S Pete Sikora is Running for NYS Congress

Please visit  www.petesikora2014.com Pete Sikora is a CWA District 1 employee and is running for New York Congress representing Brooklyn. Pete is a huge advocate for the middle class and needs your support.

Labor for Pots Charity Softball Tournament and Family Picnic

Download: 22030_CWA1101_CharityPstrNm.pdf
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