HEP Compliance

In the coming weeks, Care Management Solutions will be sending out notices to those members they have identified as non-compliant with the HEP requirements as of year-end 2016.  If you receive notification that you are non-compliant, immediately contact Care Management Solutions at 1-877-687-1448 to speak with a HEP representative.  If you believe that you were in compliance as of year-end 2016, yet Care Management Solutions cannot resolve the issue, immediately notify Union Hall so that we can get you the assistance needed to address the problem.

Remember: If Care Management Solutions considers you non-compliant, you could lose the financial benefits associated with the HEP such as reduced monthly premiums, deductible waivers, and lower co-pays.  If you receive notification of non-compliance, take action promptly.

HEALTHCARE RALLY - THIS SUNDAY 1 p.m.

At a time when the United States remains the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all as a right, some members of congress are preparing to throw nearly 30 million people off of health insurance, and make massive cuts to Medicaid.  At the same time, in the midst of a grotesque and growing level of income and wealth inequality, these same Congressional members want to hand out obscene tax breaks to the top one-tenth of 1 percent.

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State Employee Pension Report

The State Employee Retirement System (SERS = your pension) will be a frequent topic of discussion during this legislative session.  The primary issue regarding SERS is related to the underfunding of our pension system.  To that end, it is helpful for members to have an understanding of what the legislators and pundits will be blathering about for the next 5 months.  Much nonsense will be played out in the press and at the Capitol.  It is important that members know what is real and what nonsense.  A recently released report

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Winter Weather - It Happens

When it happens:

  • Act professionally
  • Be responsible
  • Drive safely
  • Know your contract

The A&R contract affords you protections if and when inclement causes you to be late for work.  Specifically, Article 16, section 6 addresses inclement weather and starting times.  In a nutshell, page 39 indicates that:

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Governor's Speech

A complete transcript and audio recording of the Governor's speech can be found here at WAMC, Northeast Public Radio.

Notable excerpts from the Governor's speech:

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Seniority Fix added to Rowland Settlement

-12/23/16

The US District Court has ruled that loss of seniority as a result of the Rowland layoffs is a form of economic loss that is recoverable under state and Federal law.  Therefore, employees laid-off as a result of the 11/17/2002 Rowland action who continue or return to State service will have their seniority adjusted.  The decision and agreement with the unions reads as follows:

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