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Communications Workers of America Local 1102

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 5:00 PM
A TASTE OF HONEY AT NANSEN PARK
3465 VICTORY BLVD.

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The Regional Work and Family Committee recently approved increases in the current programs. The following description outlines the program enhancements.

Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund (DCRF):  The weekly reimbursement is increasing from $50 to $100 effective June 1, 2014. Members will submit their paperwork in July.  An email notification to participants announcing the change is planned.

Summer Camp:  This summer 2 children will be eligible for 2 sessions of summer camp.  The reimbursement will be increased from $200 per session to $300 per session.  Each child is eligible for a reimbursement of up to $600 for both sessions.  A family could receive up to $1,200 in reimbursements for 2 children.  
Attached is information about the summer camp program , the application and the request for reimbursement form.

Pendants:  Members will now be able to receive reimbursements for 2 family members.  Current participants will be notified via e mail of this change in the near future.

2014 Summer Camp Q & A

2014 Summer Camp Application

2014 Summer Camp Reimbursement

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Verizon New York agrees to provide enhanced electrical safety training to field technicians

The Department of Labor has reached a settlement agreement with Verizon New York Inc. that requires the telecommunications company to provide enhanced electrical safety training and other safeguards to its New York field technicians, and pay $147,000 in fines. In March 2012, OSHA issued citations in connection with the fatal September 2011 electrocution of a field technician in Brooklyn.

Under the agreement, Verizon New York agrees to provide an electrical safety training module for its field technician trainees at its line schools in New York, provide in-service training to current field technicians who install suspension strand, provide supplemental training to local and area managers, notify OSHA when training has been instituted, keep records of the training, and provide them to OSHA upon request. Read the press release for additional details.

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By now members (both active and retired) have received
notification from Verizon Benefits regarding the
2013 Annual Enrollment.

Access 2013 Annual Enrollment information online at

Benefits Connections: www.verizon.com/benefitsconnection

2013 OPEN ENROLLMENT DOCUMENTS

Welcome Letter to Employees

2013 Annual Enrollment Presentation

 

Your Benefits - Active

Your Benefits - Retired - '86-'91

Your Benefits - Retired - Post '91

Pre 1986 Retiree - Letter to HCN Participants

   

What's Changing - 2013 and Beyond

Health Care Spending Account

Summary of Benefits and Coverage NY/NE

Dependant Care Spending Account

Health Plan Evaluator NY/NE

563 MEP HCare PPO (Rx EUN4) Medicare

Option 563 Medicare HPE

563 MEP HCare PPO (Rx EUN4)

Option 563 HPE

808 Capital Dist Physicians Health PHN

Option 808 HPE

814 - National EPO NYNE (Rx EUN3)

Option 814 HPE

815 Anthem HCN (Rx EUN3)

Option 815 HPE

815M Anthem HCN (Rx EUN3)

Option 815M HPE

817 - UHC Passport

Option 817 HPE

822 -Emblem Health

Option 822 HPE

825 - BlueAlliance NY

Option 825 HPE

827 Independent Health

Option 827 HPE

843 - Univera Healthcare NY

Option 843 HPE

847 - Aetna Inc HMO

Option 847 HPE

   

Important Information Your Members Should Know

        There are changes to all Medical plan options and prescription drug coverage and your members should review all the material before making decisions.

        EVERY MEMBER must go online and certify that neither they nor their covered dependents use tobacco.

        If your members do NOT certify, they will be defaulted into the Tobacco user category and your members will pay $600 more for medical coverage.

        Tobacco users can complete a Tobacco Cessation Program which will qualify them for the $600 reduction.

        Your members must complete the Health Assessment before December 31, 2012, through Benefit Connection to qualify for the $100 deduction for medical coverage. The Health Assessment is a simple, confidential questionnaire which takes about 10 minutes to complete. Starting November 7, 2012, your members can take the Health Assessment, accessible through Benefits Connections. (www.verizon.com/benefitsconnection)

        If your members are happy with their current health plan and want to continue it, there is nothing they need to do but your members still must complete the Health Assessment questionnaire and certify that they are not tobacco users to qualify for the deductions.

        Any Time Enrollment is no longer available - Changes can ONLY be made during Open Enrollment with the exemption of a Qualified Status Change. Examples of a Qualified Status Change are adding a spouse if you get married, added a child when there is a birth of new baby.

        EPO is no longer open to new enrollments. If someone who now has the EPO choses another plan then they will no longer be able to re-enroll in the EPO in the future.


        For retirements January 1, 2013 and later, if your members are enrolled in an HMO/EPO at retirement, they may continue in it as long as it is offered and/or until Medicare -eligible.

        If your members are not enrolled in an HMO/EPO at retirement, they cannot enroll in an HMO/EPO as a retiree.

New Benefit Center

Starting with Annual Enrollment, Verizon will transition to Zerox HR Solutions. Hewitt will no longer handle Verizon Benefits after December 31, 2012. The NEW Verizon Benefit Center can be reached at 1-855-4VzBens (1-855-489-2367).

Access 2013 Annual Enrollment information online at

Benefits Connections: www.verizon.com/benefitsconnection

Your members should continue to call the current Benefits Center (1-877-4VZBens) 1-877-489-2367 until December 31, 2012 for 2012 benefits.

Important Reminder to those who do not have Internet Access or prefer to Call the Benefit Center

If your members need any printed materials mailed to your home, call the Verizon Benefits Center at 1-855-4VzBens (1-855-489-2367) as soon as possible.

Reminder

Your members MUST complete the Health Assessment questionnaire and EVERY MEMBER must go online and certify that neither they nor their covered dependents use tobacco in order to qualify for the premium reductions.

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**CLICK BELOW TO RECEIVE INFO ON NEW FIOS SERVICE DISCOUNT**

FIOS EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT

HEALTH CARE ISSUES
ANYONE RECEIVING BILLS FROM YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER OR ISSUES WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE BENEFITS IN GENERAL PLEASE CONTACT THE LOCAL TO DISCUSS THIS. MAKE A COPY OF YOUR EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS (EOB) WHICH USUALLY COMES IN THE MAIL FOLLOWING YOUR MEDICAL VISIT. WE WILL NEED THIS IN ORDER TO ASSIST YOU FURTHER.

Contact Information
You can e-mail us at:
webmaster@cwa-1102.org

Telephone 718-420-1102 * FAX 718-447-4200 * Tape 718-482-3349

CWA LOCAL 1102 * 1110 South Ave  * Staten Island, NY 10314