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Verizon retirees should have received a 14 page summary in an envelope like the one above left that begins like above right concerning August 1, 2016 changes to our retiree health benefits from Verizon. If you did not receive this call the Verizon Benefits Center at 1-855-489-2367 or go to their website www.verizon.com/benefitsconnection or
click here for a complete PDF. And please come to the membership meeting August 10.
1101 RMC Membership Meeting
August 10, Wednesday, Noon
American Legion Hall
1456 Shore Drive
All CWA retirees welcome
Local 1101 is moving from its current Manhattan headquarters in August to a new location west of Madison Square Garden/Penn Station. When we have more information we will schedule our fall meetings for Manhattan.
New York City Labor Day Parade, Saturday, September 10 at 10 am, Fifth Ave. Information on CWA met up location as we get closer. 1101 RMC will be there.
Over 75 retirees packed the conference room at the Local in Manhattan last Wednesday, June 22 for a two hour presentation and Q & A from District One negotiator John Dempsey. Thank you John for your time and patience. Please see below for a quick summary. And retirees, let’s not forget that one of Verizon’s demands before the strike was to eliminate any and all bargaining for retiree benefits. The active members did not allow that to happen. Solidarity in action.
Twelve things to remember about CWA District 1Verizon retiree health care benefits.
No major changes for the remainder of 2016. (some small changes in formulary for particular drugs – you will be notified if it applies to you)
In 2016, if you turn 65 you will sign up for Medicare A and B (do NOT sign up for D) and receive supplemental from Blue Cross/Blue Shield
In 2017, Medicare eligible retirees will be placed in a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare Advantage Plans combine Medicare and supplemental into one plan administered by the carrier, but you are still in Medicare.
At this date no carrier and no plan has been selected
Verizon has promised that the coverage will be as good as our current coverage.
Many health care providers (Doctors, clinics, hospitals) have stated that they do not like Medicare Advantage. But again, (see #4) we do not have a plan or a carrier to take to a provider.
Verizon is obligated to inform all affected retirees 90 days before the new plan goes into effect in January 2017, so that would be sometime in October 2016
We are in close contact with Local 1101 and District 1 and will keep a two way communication going from now through the implementation of the plan in 2017 – information to us retirees whenever we receive anything from Verizon or the union, and information to the union and Verizon whenever there are “hurdles” or “bumps in the road” for implementation.
Pre-Medicare retirees as of 2017 will have three options for coverage by 2018: the current one, a cash option, and a New Plan to be developed in 2017 and available in 2018.
Medicare eligible retirees in 2017 in Medicare Advantage with pre-Medicare spouses or other covered dependents will have those covered under the pre-Medicare plans.
Please stay in touch by checking in on the website and sign up for the email list if you are not receiving these emails.
And lets keep a close watch on Congress, especially those right-wing politicians who want to “save” the programs we depend on by making them smaller and weaker. As retirees we all need strong, solvent, sufficient Medicare and Social Security.
Great video interview during the strike with 1101's Pam Galpern & District 1's Bob Master - CLICK HERE to watch
Top row: Left, Fordham Road, Bronx, May 20. Right, 111 Main, White Plains, May 19. Middle and bottom row above May 18, CWA retirees, active members, allies from other unions, 581 B'way, Manhattan.
For strike updates: standuptoverizon.com
Above, second from left, on the line with his union brothers and sisters, Paul Romersa, April 27. Paul was always ready to help out, always encouraging, an all around great human being.
RIP. Paul, you will be missed.
RMC Human Billboard, April 27
Above, RMC spells it out across from 1095 A of A, so Lowell McAdams could get a good look, while others leaflett pedestrians.
Next, we moved over to 42nd Street across from our striking CWA union brothers and sisters in front of the Verizon Wireless store.
And then crossed the street to join the picket line. Below: active and retired CWA members together. Solidarity, that's how we do it.
Thanks to all who participated from 1101, 1103, 1105, 1109 RMC!
Below: Bronx Membership Meeting April 20 with Marvin Anderman
Below: 1101 RMC at Mondays huge rally and march from 36th Street CO to 42nd Street past Verizon headquarters. Thanks to all retirees who attend this and so many other ongoing rallies, pickets, scab hunts & leafletting
Thanks to all retirees who attended the great 1101 contract rally March 31 at 1095 A of A. Above, some of the retirees with Local 1101 President Keith Purce. Below Pat Welsh, President of District 1 RMC addresses the rally, which stretched the block from 42nd St to 41st St.
Photos below from March 16 Membership meeting.
Wednesday, April 20, 1101 RMC Membership Meeting in the Bronx, American Legion, 1456 Shore Drive, Bronx, NY 10565
Wednesday, April 27, Human Billboard, 1095 A of A (42nd & 6th Ave)
Photos below: Tornados do not stop 1101 RMCers!
Membership Meeting February 24 at the Local in Manhattan, 1101 VP Al Russo, BA Ken Tucker, and Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Condy update on likelyhood of upcoming Verizon strike. We also discussed Medicare costs, (click here to calculate), and click here for the complete story on Medicare and upcoming costs in 2017. Also coming up: the CWA "Take On Wall Street" financial reform campaign and Click here to register for the CWA Sponsored Democracy Rising coalition. We also heard from our own super delegate, 1101 RMC brother Lew Grupper about the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. More on all the above in the coming weeks.
Photo below: Some of the hearty retirees who braved the cold weather to attend the first RMC meeting of 2016 on January 13 at the Local.
RMC Holiday Party, December, 2015
(see photos below)
Retirees partied after a busy year (click here to see the 2015 postings) and were brought up to date about contract mobilization by VP Mike Baxter, BA Val Valentino, and President Keith Purce. We really appreciate the support with space, time, and money from the Local 1101 officers and staff. We are with you all the way. Special thanks to Mike, Ilene, Anita, and Theresa for all their hard work that made this party such a big success. Thanks to Pat Gibbons for chairing the elections committee. The officers were re-elected unopposed. Thanks to everyone who participated in our busy year, helping with mailouts, meetings, fundraising, picket lines, marches, leafletting, rallies, time and money. And thanks to everyone who lives too far away to attend, who calls and writes to send their support.
Fundraiser Game 2016 Details click here Or mail in your pick & check. Fundraiser form click here
Thanks to all who made 2015 a great year for 1101 RMC.
All the photos and still relevant postings for 2015 (except the holiday party, above) have been moved to a new page: 2015