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General membership meeting update

Posted by Lou on May 17, 2016

Brothers and sisters,

Just a reminder about the general membership meeting next Tuesday May 24, 2016 – 4:20pm at
235 Promenade Street, Providence in the 3rd Floor Cafeteria.

The agenda includes the following:

  • a discussion of the summer outing
  • a report of findings from our trustee and professional financial audit
  • Update on wage reopener
  • health care holiday
  • new job posting protocol
  • International Convention/delegates
  • United healthcare training courses
  • Local 2881 scholarship update
  • any new items that you might have for us

In the meantime, another article questioning the usefulness and appropriateness of hedge funds surfaced, this time on Vice.com.

Thanks!

General Membership meeting

Posted by Lou on May 8, 2014

Brothers and sisters,

We will be having a general membership meeting on Thursday, May 15 at 4:20pm in the third floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade Street, Providence. We plan to discuss the Master Contract passage, a pension lawsuit update, and the potential for a summer social. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks
Lou

Contract results

Posted by Lou on May 5, 2014

Brothers and Sisters,

You may have received the following release from Council 94 regarding the contract voting:

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Contact: Lynn Loveday
May 2, 2014 (401) 724-5900 – work
(401) 378-8491 – cell

RI Council 94, AFSCME Announces New Contract Approval & Ratification

North Providence – Today, Rhode Island Council 94, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees announced that the master contract was approved by Council 94’s state employee membership. The final vote was 1514 to 759.

Lynn Loveday, State Vice-President, added, “Our membership approved a new contract with the state. This new contract provides modest wage increases and the implementation of a deductible for our health insurance benefits. This four year contract will provide security and stability to the services we provide to the public.”

Council 94, Rhode Island’s largest state employee union, represents over 3,800 members.

Our local, Local 2881, ratified the vote by a tally of 137-91.

Thanks
Lou

April updates

Posted by Lou on April 24, 2014

1) In case you were not aware, a meeting was held last week to discuss the Tentative Contract agreement. The meeting covered both the health care (deductible, etc) changes, as well as the language changes to the contract. If you have questions, please feel free to contact an executive board member.

2) Some folks asked for a copy of the Segal Report that was referenced at the meeting. The Segal Report was the personnel study the state hired a contractor to perform, and was posted on our site in January of last year.

3) In response to asking for the data on health insurance co-share costs, we received the following response from our business agent, Chris Lambert:

Joe, We have looked into the working rate. We will not receive the working rate until mid-May. This is because the agreed upon insurance plan was just negotiated. Also, United cannot determine the working rate them self because the prescription plan is a separate entity so a 3rd party has to do the calculation. However, we do know for certain that if the TA is voted down the working rate will go up under the current plan on 7/1/2014 and thus all co-shares will rise proportionately. As we stated at the presentation all data and the previous estimates suggest a lower working rate by switching to a deductible plan. However, at this point we do not have the exact figures and we will not have them prior to the vote on the TA. Please pass the information along to your membership.

4) Voting on the tentative agreement to a new contract should begin on Tuesday, April 29. The schedule for what offices will vote when is still being worked out, but we will update you as soon as we have more information.

Health care bid

Posted by Lou on March 7, 2013

To all Local 2881 Members:

As part of contract negotiations the State will be setting out a bid for the new heath care contract. The State will consider input from the unions for this bid. The input can apply to all aspects of the health care coverage such as:

  • Whether we should have one carrier or be able to choose from multiple carriers and plans, such as United and Blue Cross, standard plan, or HMOs, etc,
  • The amount of the deductibles for office visits, prescriptions, etc,
  • Types of coverage, such as single and family, vs. single, married, family plus one, etc
  • Type of procedures which are covered.
  • Nature of the incentives and disincentives, such as savings allocated for memberships in gyms, or increase costs for smoking, etc.

The coverage and incentive/disincentive programs offered by the other states vary considerably. This is an opportunity for us to have input on the bid. Unfortunately the time for this input is limited.

If you are aware of any benefits, coverage, incentive/disincentive offered by the other States, the private sector, etc that may be worthwhile to include in the State’s bid please send your suggestions to Joseph Antonio (222-4700, x4410 or joseph.antonio@dem.ri.gov) by Monday March 11, 2013, noontime.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions.

Joseph Antonio, Vice President
Local 2881

September news

Posted by Lou on September 16, 2012

Brothers and Sisters, here are some updates for you:

– You may have received the following e-mail regarding on-site health fairs and earning insurance co-share credits.

Get Screened and Earn up to $325 in Co-Share Credit!

Come to any Health Fair locations between September 10 – November 9, 2012 and earn*

$50 by obtaining a vision screening.
$100 by getting your blood pressure checked and having a reading of 140/90 or less or consulting with your physician about a treatment program (form submission).
$125 with a BMI of less than 30 or enroll in an approved Weight Loss Program or attend 3 sessions with a Registered Dietician or 3 months of gym membership.
$50 by completing the online health assessment.

The DEADLINE to save your spot has been extended to Wednesday, September 26, 2012.  Please call 1-877-239-3557 to pre-register.

UnitedHealthcare will keep track of your screenings and will provide you a copy of your results for your records.

See www.wellness.ri.gov for the Health Fair schedule.  Details on what to do if you choose to be screened at your physician’s office are available at www.wellness.ri.gov and your HR department.
 
*All State of Rhode Island employees are eligible to participate in Rewards for Wellness activities, but only employees who are paying State employee co-shares that are posted at www.employeebenefits.ri.gov are eligible to receive incentives for co-share credit

Be sure to register for an appointment and maximize your co-share credits!

– Our next General Membership meeting will be Thursday, September 20. Agenda items include a contract update, and discussion of the Holiday outing.

January news

Posted by Lou on January 13, 2011

There are a couple of things we’d like to share with you this month:

– Thanks to all of those who came to the Holiday Party last month. I hope you had as much fun as we did!

– Don’t forget to complete the online Health Assessment by February 5, 2011 and earn a $50 co-share credit! Instructions for accessing the Health Assessment are available at www.wellness.ri.gov and in your HR department.

– There have been some articles recently about the attack on public employees. Go to Common Dreams to read a piece by Robert Reich, and to the AFSCME Greenline Blog to read a message from President McEntee and Secretary-Treasurer Saunders.

– Finally, our next monthly general membership meeting will be held at 4:20pm, in the 3rd floor cafeteria of 235 Promenade St. This months agenda will include the 2011 budget, meeting the new director of DEM, and a few other items of interest. Please make every effort to attend, as meeting attendance over the last 4-6 months has been severely lacking.

Rewards for Wellness Heath Fair

Posted by Lou on December 10, 2010

You should have received a flyer with your paycheck today. That flyer describes the process and the schedule for attending a health fair where you can earn up to $200 in wellness credits. I have included links to both the flyer and the schedule in the links below.

2011 Health Fair Flyer

2011 Health Fair Schedule

Please view both of these flyers, and be sure to register to receive all of the possible wellness credits