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, 2018. 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 it in your mailbox - Failure to complete and return this form will cause loss of health plan eligibility for 2018! There are issues every year of members ignoring this mailout and we are scrambling to get their insurance reinstated after the deadline. Don’t be one of them! 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 ext. 4240 and the UFCW Local 1496 Office at 258-1496 or (800)478-1496 . Mail to the address at the bottom of the form, NOT to the local Union office. You may also fax it to 1-206-505-8727. If you would like to verify if your form has been received, you cal call 1-800-732-1121, extension 4704.
The votes were tallied on October 27th after the last General Membership Meeting for the 4 delegates who will attend the UFCW International Convention in Las Vegas to be held from April 23-27, 2018. The elected delegates were Frank Mutchie, UFCW Secretary-Treasurer; Connie Johnson, UFCW Union Representative; Jalanda Jordan, Shop Steward, Safeway Store #3410 in Fairbanks; and Sara Brock, Shop Steward, Carrs Store #1739 in Palmer. Thank you to all who came to vote and we know that these members, along with President Buster Martin will represent our Local well at the Convention.
Our receptionist at the Anchorage Union office, Gretchen Cornelius (left in picture) is retiring on October 31st. She worked at Loss Prevention for Carr-Gottstein for 6 years, then moved to Oregon and worked as a baker for 1 year in a Safeway store. She moved back to Alaska to the Muldoon Safeway, working in Deli, Meat and Seafood for 6 years. She has been our receptionist for 11 years and will be greatly missed by the office staff as well as many of the members who call here for assistance. She is being replaced by Tina Taylor (right). We welcome her and know that she will do a great job filling Gretchen’s shoes.
Hispanic Heritage Month provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to Cesar Chavez. who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association and helped to organize the Delano Grape Strike—one of the most successful strikes in labor history. Like thousands of others, Chavez’s family lost its land in the Great Depression and headed to work in the fields of California Central Valley, where he would spend the rest of his life fighting for the rights of migrant farmworkers. On September 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers in Delano, California, who were members of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, walked off the job at table grape farms to protest the low pay and poor working conditions. The leaders of AWOC reached out to Chavez to join them in their fight. Chavez insisted that the Filipino and Latino strikers work together and take a vow to remain nonviolent and expanded the goals of the strikers to include the right to Unionize and engage in collective bargaining. Realizing their common goals, the NFWA and AWOC merged to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee in 1966. After 5 years of nonviolent strikes, boycotts, marches and fasts, the UFWOC succeeded in reaching a collective bargaining agreement with table grape growers in California in 1970, resulting in better pay, benefits, and workplace conditions for thousands of workers. In 1972, The United Farm Workers Organizing Committee was accepted into the AFL-CIO and changed its name to the United Farmworkers Union.
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