We wish to thank John Taggart from Tongass Trading Company in Ketchikan for his many years of loyal service to our Local 1496. He was a Shop Steward and a Vice President on our Executive Board and always there to lend a hand in whatever he could do to make our Union better and stronger. We hope you enjoy your well-deserved retirement and know that you will be missed by all here at the Local office and I'm sure at Tongass.
Anchorage/Eagle River: Tuesday, October 16, 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, UFCW Office
Fairbanks: Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 AM.& 5:00 PM, UFCW Office
North Pole: Wednesday, October 24, 3:00 PM North Pole Plaza (next to Ben Franklin)
Palmer/Wasilla: Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 PM, Menard Sports Center-Wasilla
Eagle River: Thursday, October 18, 5:00 PM, Parks & Rec (12001 Business Blvd)
Seward: Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 PM, Harbor 360
Homer: Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 PM Birdaka Inn
Kenai/Soldotna: Thursday, October 25, 4:00 PM, Kenai Aspen Extended Stay
Kenai/Soldotna: Friday, October 26, 9:00 AM, Kenai Aspen Extended Stay
Ketchikan: Monday, November 5, 6:00 PM, The Landing (Downstairs Conf. Room)
Ketchikan: Tuesday, November 6, 9:00 AM The Landing (Upstairs Banquet Room)
Petersburg: Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 PM & 8:00 PM, Scandia House
Juneau: Thursday, November 8, 7:30 PM, Travel Lodge
**Union members who attend General Membership meetings receive 50% refund for that month on their union dues.
Each fall, there will be an open enrollment period for health insurance. At that time, you will be required to make a positive election to continue coverage for yourself and any dependents you want covered. If you do not make this election you and your dependents will not be eligible for any plan benefits for the following year. You may also add or remove eligible dependents from your medical, dental, and vision coverage. Any changes you make will be effective on January 1, 2019. You enroll by submitting a completed enrollment form to the Administration Office by the required date. Enrollment forms will be mailed to all eligible Members. Look for them in your mailbox next month. Failure to complete and return this form will cause loss of health plan eligibility for 2019! If you have had a change in address or have not received a form by November 30th, please contact the Plan Administrator at 561-5119 or (800)325-6532 extension #4240 or The UFCW Local 1496 Anchorage Office at 258-1496 or (800)478-1496 or Fairbanks Office at 456-6571.
The UFCW Free College Benefit ensures that UFCW members and their families do not have to pay out of pocket for any tuition, fees or e-books at Eastern Gateway Community College—resulting in cost savings of thousands of dollars! The Free College Benefit covers any amount for tuition, fees or books that is not covered by federal or employer education grants. Children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, and financial dependents of UFCW members are eligible for the UFCW Free College Benefit. The process is simple and can save you a lot of money! Check it out at http://www.ufcwfreecollege.org.
Labor Against Cancer is a movement to end the devastation of cancer, led by the passionate members of the United Food and Commercial Workers. The movement provides an opportunity for all organized labor to do what they do best, empower their membership to band together for the good of others in the communities where they work and live. Labor Against Cancer will raise much needed funds to advance research and patient support in partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while raising awareness of the important role that union members play each and every day.
There are more than 68,000 veterans that live in Alaska. Many of which our Union brothers and sisters that have served in the Armed Forces. Alaska’s labor movement has always worked to get veterans into good paying jobs through programs like Helmets to Hardhats. The Alaska Committee will operate close with the National Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO. The National Union Veterans Council brings working-class veterans together to speak out on the issues that impact veterans the most, especially the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA. ~Additionally, they hold private enterprise and elected officials accountable for their words and actions. The Union Veterans Council believes wholeheartedly that the ability for someone to self-identify as “pro-veteran” isn’t determined by what lapel pin they don or what catchphrase they employ; veterans face real issues that require real actions—constructive actions that lead to positive solutions. The Union Veterans Council, is committed to fighting every day for those who have fought for us. For more information on National Unions Veterans Council, AFL-CIO to sign up, or how to get involved. go online to: unionveterans.org
Your Bargaining Committee negotiated with Safeway on July 23rh and 24th. Originally, we had a third day scheduled but we cancelled the last day due to the parties’ lack of progress. All indicators point to a fight with Safeway to protect the benefits you already enjoy and make improvements you so richly deserve. We are fighting to keep your healthcare affordable, make improvements to scheduling and hours, and improve sick leave, among other items. Some of the company’s concessionary proposals are:
Alaska UFCW Health & Welfare Trust Fund invites you and your eligible dependents to participate in the Coalition 2018 Health Fair.
8am – 12 noon
Lab tests are available to adults over age 18. Test results will be mailed to you directly. Pre-registration for lab tests and flu shots opens on August 8h at www.coalitionhealthfair.org Please visit the pre-registration website for more information on the following tests:
Chemistry / Hematology Profile: No cost to you – 100% paid by your Health Plan
Thyroid Screen: No cost to you – 100% paid by your Health Plan
Prostate Disease Screen: No cost to you – 100% paid by your Health Plan
Vitamin D Test: No cost to you – 100% paid by your Health Plan
Flu Shots: The Quadrivalent flu vaccine will be offered to eligible participants age 9 and over at no cost to you – 100% paid by the Coalition (pending availability of flu vaccine). The high dose vaccine will not be offered.
This health fair is brought to you by your Health Plan, through its participation in HCCMCA dba the Pacific Health Coalition (the Coalition).
Pre-registration closes Sunday before the fair*
You must pre-register for the following fairs. Space may be limited at some locations:
Fairbanks: September 22nd - Carlson Center, 2010 Second Avenue
Mat-Su Valley: September 22nd - Mat-Su Regional Medical Center - 2500 S. Woodworth Loop- Palmer
Anchorage: October 13th - Ted Stevens Int’l Airport- North Terminal - 4600 Postmark Drive
Soldotna: October 27th - Central Peninsula Hospital, 250 Hospital Place
Juneau: October 27th - Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive
Anchorage: November 3rd - Ted Stevens Int’l Airport- North Terminal - 4600 Postmark Drive
* Pre-registration may close early if a date hits max capacity
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 rejection of the “agency fee” that non-union members must pay Unions for negotiating public employee contract will only make Unions stronger, declared labor leaders and rank and file members. “This is certainly not a death knell or blow to Unions, but an opportunity to communicate batter with our members, to organize them,” said Vince Beltrami, head of Alaska’s AFL-CIO. But at the news conference held at AFL-CIO headquarters in Anchorage, the labor leaders also said they didn’t know how much money the decision would cost them because it was impossible to gauge how many workers would reject Union membership. Scott Hawkins, a Republican businessman running for Governor, said that while he welcomed the decision, it would only “clip their wings a bit.” GOP Rival Mead Treadwell said he didn’t expect the ruling would “erode collective bargaining for government employees.” Gov. Bill Walker described the decision as a “disappointment” that creates and “unnecessary obstacle for working people.” Mark Begich, a Democrat said the decision “undermines working families in Alaska and across the country.” “To paint this as anything other than Union busting is a farce, That’s what it’s always been about.” says Beltrami. He added, “They just happened to get that fifth Justice that they needed on the Supreme Court to have the decision come down in their favor.”
Statistics From January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018
GRIEVANCES FILED 43
MEMBERS (back to work) REINSTATEMENTS 10
PERSONAL DAYS RECOVERED 58
LOST WAGES RECOVERED FOR MEMBERS $ 60,834.96
LOST PENSION BENEFITS RECOVERED $ 21,776.60
“Know your Contract, track your accruals via HR Direct or by calling your employee services center”
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