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Dom Delibertis
Dominick Delibertis Sr. retired 1107 member and father of feild technician Dom Delibertis has passed away . Visitation will be as follows  Sunday 7-9 Monday 2-4 & 7-9 Higgins Funeral Home 321 S. Main St. ?New City , N.Y. 10956 Mass on Tuesday 10 Am at St. Augustines Church in New City . Read More...
For Local Business Agent I&M Group CWA Local 1107

**** NOTICE ****

Nomination & Interim Election

For Local Business Agent I&M Group

CWA Local 1107

November 7, 2016

As provided in the CWA Local 1107 by-laws article XIV, “Nominations and Elections of Local Officers and Shop Stewards”.  Fifteen (15) days’ notice is hereby given for the Nomination for the office of Business Agent I&M

Nominations for I&M Business Agent will be by petition signed by Five (5) members in good standing of Local 1107.  The petition must be signed by the candidate.  The petition must be sent by U.S. Mail to:

Communications Workers of America Local 1107                                     3 East Evergreen Road                                                                            New City, N.Y.  10956                                                                   Attention: Election Committee.

Only petitions received in the Local Office no later than Friday November 18, 2016 will be valid.  The Election Committee will conduct Elections at the Union Office on December 2, 2016 The Union Office is located at:

3 East Evergreen Road                                                                            New City, New York  10956

To obtain a petition please contact the Election Committee:

John Pungello:  845 – 667 - 0557

Megan Bucko : 845 - 304 - 7149

Mike Lang : 914-330-1007

Or by calling the Local Office               845-638-1107

The Election Committee will hold elections in accordance with the by-laws of CWA Local 1107 and the US Laws governing elections of Union Officers.

The 2017 Annual Open Enrollment

The 2017 Annual Open Enrollment Dates are as follows:

November 7, 2016 to November 18, 2016 – (these dates are for Active employees and Retirees)

This is your opportunity to review your benefits and make any changes to your benefits.

Retirees are urged to make any changes during the annual enrollment period, however they  continue to have “Anytime Enrollment”. When a retiree makes a change outside of the Annual Enrollment period, the change is effective the first of the month following a 30 day period. So, under “Anytime Enrollment” a retiree could make a change up through November 30, 2016 to be effective January 1, 2017.

Medicare Eligible retirees in the MEP HCP, HCN or HIP Health Plan of New York Medicare medical plan options will be automatically enrolled into the corresponding MEP or HCP or HCN Advantage Plan option. The HIP Health Plan will be eliminated in January 2017 and those Medicare eligible retirees will be automatically enrolled in the MEP Advantage Plan option, so if they prefer the HCN they have to enroll in it.

All other 2016 Elections and designations automatically carry over into 2017 Annual Enrollment, Members who want to stay with their plan without any changes don’t need to do anything.

If you have a Qualified Life Event between now and the end of the year, you will need to make changes on BenefitsConnections for both 2016 and 2017. 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 etc.

Annual Enrollment Guides will be sent to employees and retirees toward the end of October.

Health Assessment Credit

Any member who previously completed a Health Assessment will receive the $100 Health Assessment credit in 2017. 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 before January 1, 2017 to receive $100 credit toward your annual medical plan contributions for 2017.

Non- Tobacco User Credit - $600

· If you are a non tobacco user and are already receiving credit, no further action is needed.

· If you are not receiving this credit and DO NOT use tobacco products, indicate your NON-TOBACCO status on BenefitsConnection 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 BenefitsConnections 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 2017 if you and/or your covered dependents satisfy the reasonable alternative standard as follows;

1.) During Annual Enrollment, log on to BenefitsConnection 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, 2017.

2.) Before July 31, 2017, complete a tobacco cessation course such as QuitNet or the Verizon HealthZone Health Assistant, and log on to BenefitsConnection. 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, 2017 in order to receive the full Non-Tobacco credit. Any update made to your tobacco user status after July 31, 2017 will result in a prorated credit for the remainder of the year.

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Retirees:

In the 2017 plan year, the cost of coverage for two (2) of the Pre-Medicare plan (MEP and UHC Passport/ Harvard Pilgrim) options will exceed the applicable retiree caps and will require contributions. Your current elections will automatically continue unless you make a change. Pre Medicare Retirees should carefully review the open enrollment materials and elect the plan that is best for you.

The billing process will remain unchanged from the process that is in place today for those who are already making contributions.

Anyone that is enrolled in a benefit that requires contributions will receive a bill.

Bills are mailed by the 15th of each month with a due date of the first of the following month. For example, the bill for the contributions for January 2017 will be mailed/posted to the web by December 15, 2016 with a due date of January 1, 2017.

Retirees can elect to have contributions paid via ACH debit or pension deduction:

Because ACH direct debit is the fastest and easiest way for a retiree to pay for coverage, it is highlighted on each monthly invoice that is mailed home to encourage enrollment. The retiree can enroll in this option on the secure BenefitsConnection website by providing his/her routing and checking account number. The balance due would be debited out of their account on the first business day of the month. For example, January’s balance would be debited on 1/3/2017.

A retiree who is receiving a monthly pension also has the option to have his/her deductions taken from their pension check. A retiree would have to call the Benefit Center and speak with a representative to enroll in this option.

Tax Form is Coming for Active Employees and Pre Medicare Retirees

The Affordable Care Act requires proof of healthcare coverage at tax time. As a result, tax forms (1095s) that show your health care coverage for the prior year will be sent out to active employees and pre Medicare retirees in the beginning of the year. Save this form to file with your taxes.

Life& Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)

Annual enrollment offers you the opportunity to make changes to your current life insurance coverage amounts and/or waive coverage. The rates for coverage are base on age ranges. As you and your spouse fall into a new age band your costs could increase. If you choose to continue your coverage, no further action is required.

Confirmation Statements

Similar to last year, confirmation statements will not be distributed to employees and retirees. Confirmation statements can be printed out on the BenefitsConnection website or one can be requested by calling the Benefits Center.

 

There are changes to your plan which result in improved benefits which are outlined in the annual enrollment material. These benefits include:

  • Child life Insurance- will be available for a dependent child up to age 26, regardless of student status.
  • Under the ACA, additional updates have been made to the preventative care benefits that must be offered without cost sharing.
  • Transgender coverage will be provided when “medically necessary”.
  • Women’s Health Care Right Act requires the plan to cover all stages of reconstruction on the breast where a mastectomy was performed.
  • Certain therapies for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be covered by under the MEP, HCN and EPO plans (HMO participants can check coverage with their HMO’s). This benefit will be retroactive to 1-1-16. Claims that were submitted in 2016 will be re-processed. For members who inquired about this benefit in 2016, Verizon will reach out to them to submit their claims.

 

Attachments:

-Memo to Locals

-Annual Enrollment 2017 for Actives

-Annual Enrollment 2016 for Post 91 Retirees  

-Annual Enrollment for 86-91 Retirees

-Market Summary for Active/Pre Medicare Plans (These are the plans that are available for 2017.)

-Market Summary for Medicare Plans. (These are the plans that are available for 2017.)


Download: Fwd__Annual_Enrollment_-_Verizon.zip
Medicare Advantage Informational meetings
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Download: Verizon Advantage Plan Meetings - Updated 10.18.16.pdf
Business Agent CXM Group

Business Agent CXM Group

CWA Local 1107

With all ballots in and counted the election committee has certified that Greg Brower is now the Business Agent for the CXM group having won 46 to 10 against Bob Milone.

Business Agent CXM Group

Business Agent CXM Group

CWA Local 1107

With all ballots in and counted the election committee has certified that Greg Brower is now the Business Agent for the CXM group having won 46 to 10 against Bob Milone.

TPP
As we enter the election season and gear up to elect Hillary Clinton as president, we must keep an eye on the TPP. This week the President has made it clear he will bring up the TPP in the Lame Duck session of Congress. The increased saber rattling by the Republicans is a sign that they are trying to enhance their negotiating positions to seek favorable modifications for big business. The Administration is committed to passing the TPP and we must mobilize to stop it.
Download: TPP-Natl-Call-In-Day-Flyer.pdf
Union Meeting

 

Union Meeting

Wednesday September 21, 2016

Location: Pearl River Elks Pavilion

Time: 5:00 P.M.

The Executive Board would like to invite 1107 family members to a barbecue immediately following the Union meeting
NY surplus declaration
Attached is a notice of a NY surplus declaration in 30 titles in FAA 1-6,and the supporting documents. This surplus is due to process change and it is the 1st surplus where the "Special EIPP" (Section XIV of the 2016 MOU) will be used.
 
Under the terms of the Special EIPP:
  • Each employee may only receive 1 offer per calendar year unless the employee moves to another title or to a different FAA(NY )/  ITA (NE)
  • For a period of 12 months following an employee leaving the payroll as a result of this offer, the Company cannot permanently force transfer or temporarily transfer employees into the job title in the FAA (NY) / ITA (NE) to which the employee who accepted the Special EIPP was assigned
Election to leave the Company with an EIPP offer must be submitted by September 21, 2016.  
The off payroll date will be October 9, 2016, or possibly a later date, to be selected at the discretion of the Company, no later than April 9, 2017.
 

Download: NY CWA Surplus Notification 8-30-16.pdf
Nomination & Interim Election

**** NOTICE ****

Nomination & Interim Election

For Local Business Agent CXM Group

CWA Local 1107

August 29, 2016

As provided in the CWA Local 1107 by-laws article XIV, “Nominations and Elections of Local Officers and Shop Stewards”.  Fifteen (15) days’ notice is hereby given for the Nomination for the office of Business Agent CXM(Line, & Splice ).

Nominations for CXM Business Agent will be by petition signed by Five (5) members in good standing of Local 1107.  The petition must be signed by the candidate.  The petition must be sent by U.S. Mail to:

Communications Workers of America Local 1107                                     3 East Evergreen Road                                                                            New City, N.Y.  10956                                                                   Attention: Election Committee.

Only petitions received in the Local Office no later than Thursday September 15, 2016 will be valid.  The Election Committee will conduct Elections at the Union Office on September 29, 2016 The Union Office is located at:

3 East Evergreen Road                                                                            New City, New York  10956

To obtain a petition please contact the Election Committee:

Liz Arone       - 845-594-7376

Megan Bucko - 845-304-7149

Mike Lang      -914-330-1007

Or by calling the Local Office               845-638-1107

The Election Committee will hold elections in accordance with the by-laws of CWA Local 1107 and the US Laws governing elections of Union Officers.

Danny Cooper

Our Friend and Brother Danny Cooper needs your support. Please vist his Go Fund Me Page
https://www.gofundme.com/2kg4ub7c  ?And, Or consider joining others at a charity dinner

http://kwhvr.weebly.com/kwhvr-cares.html for Danny and Liam Frawley

Work Family programs
Hi Everyone,
The Work Family Committees has begun the process of starting up the Work Family programs again. In the coming weeks we will be meeting to make decisions about the current programs but since school has ended we wanted to get the ball rolling on the Summer Camp program.
I am happy to report that the Regional Work and Family approved a Summer Camp Program for 2016.

The Summer Camp session will be from July 1st - September 3rd, 2016
This summer 2 children will be eligible for summer camp.  The allowable reimbursement will be up to  $600 per child.  A family could receive up to $1,200 in reimbursements for 2 children.  
Attached is a flyer about the summer camp program and the application.
As always, forms will be available on the Work/Family website:www.regionalwfrc.com
Applications must be postmarked by August 26, 2016.

Download: Fwd__Fwd__Summer_Camp_Programs.zip
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