Hearing on Single Payer Health Insurance
On December 10, 2014, the New York State Assembly Health Committee is hosting an official public hearing to receive testimony from New Yorkers about the need for a universal, single-payer health care system. Click here for more information.
Important Update to Health Insurance for Kaleida
The information that was sent out in the “Benefits Open Enrollment” package from Kaleida Health contains incorrect information. There are several critical errors in the mailing that you received at your home. In light of this, you should be aware of the following issues before making any changes or decisions:
The Premium Medical Plan: The Summary of Benefits and Coverage states that there is an “out-of-pocket” limit of $6,350/$12,700 for in-network providers, and an out-of-network provider limit of $2,000/$4,000. The correct information is listed in Article 29, Section 15, Premium Medical and Prescription Drug Plan Design. Out-of-Pocket is listed as N/A, Not Applicable. Management is saying the N/A is incorrect and an “out-of-pocket” max has always applied.
The Kaleida Health Plan: “Union Align Medical Plan” – The name of the plan is wrong and could be misleading. It should read “Master Align Plan”. Information regarding this insurance plan is also listed in the contract under Article 29, section 15. Please be aware if you voluntarily move into this plan, you cannot go back into The Premium Medical Plan.
The above information is taken directly from your contract. Please see the Master Agreement for more information.
Our Union leadership is in communication with Corporate Benefits to work through these issues. Anyone who signs up for the “Master Align Plan” will receive a letter asking if that is indeed the plan that you want.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at 716-639-1168.
2015 EJ Mays Scholarship
Eugene J Mays was born and raised in Fairmount West Virginia. There he started his career as a coal miner and helped to unionize his co-workers into the United Mine Workers under John l. Lewis.
After Gene's discharge from the Army in 1947, he moved to Buffalo where he was employed at the Western Electric Company. There he became a member of the Communications Workers of America and rose to the Presidency of Local 1162, which represented the Western Electric employees.
In 1951 Mr. Mays became a CWA international Representative and in 1963 was elected to Director of the Union's Upstate New York area. Six years later he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of CWA District 1 and moved to District Headquarters in New York City.
While in Buffalo, Gene was an activist in the Black community and prominent in organizations for improved racial relations.
He was a Buffalo AFL-CIO Council Board Member, a Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of WNY, a Director of Community Action Organization of Buffalo and the Black Business Development Corp. He also was a member of the Mayor's Council on youth Opportunity and the Board of Managers, Michigan Ave. Branch YMCA.
His untimely death left many people of color with one less effective leader and the CWA with a void that has been difficult to fill. But we remember Gene for what he left behind. His ways taught all of us the real meaning of love, dedication, devotion, understanding, compassion and equality.
He has helped all of us. For those reasons we feel it is appropriate to establish a scholarship fund in his name.
Applications for the 2015 EJ Mays Scholarship are now available on CWA Council Website. Please contact Heather Medema at CWA 1168 with any questions. All applications must be received at the CWA 1168 office by November 14, 2014 to be entered in the drawing.
CWA Local 1168 Officer and Executive Board Nominations
Nominations for the 2015 – 2017 CWA Local 1168 Officers and Executive Board were held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the General Membership Meeting, 1900 Sweet Home Rd.
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Congratulations go out to Planned Parenthood in Central NY voted 35 to 1 to join CWA Local 1168 today
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CWA 1168 Gives Back
Konya Varner, MFH TCC AVP, Cheryl DiCipio and Bob Rich, BGMC Chief Stewards, help Anita Williams, BGMC RN load two upcycled computers into her van, for the community service organization, Taking It 2 The Streets, of which Williams is the founder and President.
Did you know...
...that CWA 1168 partners with several other healthcare organizations in WNY to support the Health Sciences Charter School?
We have an ongoing toiletry drive for students in need at the school. Anytime you travel, bring back your complimentary soap, shampoo, lotion or other products provided by the hotel. Additionally, full size personal care items including bath products, deodorant, hair care items, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products are appreciated and very much needed!
We ask that everyone in attendance at our September 17 membership meeting could bring in a few size items to donate to the drive. While the drive is ongoing throughout the year, we’re trying to make a big push in September. If you’re unable to attend the meeting, please drop off items anytime this month to the Union office at 1900 Sweet Home Road.
Tim Kennedy Receives AFL-CIO Endorsement
On the morning of August 15, 2014, Tim Kennedy received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO as he seeks reelection in the NYS Senate. Kevin Musiour, CWA 1168 Secretary/Treasurer, looks on as Senator Kennedy accepts the endorsement. Senator Kennedy has a history of supporting healthcare, education, and labor in NYS. Read more about Senator Kennedy.
Planned Parenthood Central NY United for CWA
"...today, July 17th, with red shirts..."
The 63 clinical workers at Planned Parenthood in Central NY officially kicked off their public organizing campaign today with red shirts and scrubs all around. A mission statement is also circulating signed by a majority of the staff.
Workers are prepared to stick together until they win recognition and a fair contract. The Local and District have worked hard to line up political and community support for the staff at PPCNY as they stand together and demand a voice at work and recognition for CWA as their Union. For as long as their fight takes they will have the support of their brothers and sisters in CWA. Check this space for the latest updates!
“What has the Union done for me?” is heard all too often at the proverbial water cooler. Merriam Webster defines union as “an organization of workers formed to protect the rights and interests of its members.” You are part of that organization, so in fact, YOU are the Union! read more...
Don't Forget to WEAR RED ON THURSDAY!