National Group Protection supplemental benefits.

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Brothers and Sisters,

Representatives from National Group Protection will be onsite August 24th—September 2nd to communicate the supplemental benefits offered to IAMAW Local 264 members at the MBTA.  Please take the time to meet with a representative to enroll, make changes to the coverage you already have or address any customer service/claims issues.

·         Accident Insurance

·         Critical Illness Coverage

·         Short Term Disability

·         Whole Life Insurance

There are some benefit enhancements/upgrades this year, so please take the time to sit down with a benefit counselor and review your options.  This is also an excellent time to make sure you have filed for your annual health screening benefits, which are part of the accident and critical illness benefit plans.

·         Supplemental – these plans supplement any existing coverage

·         Voluntary – members choose to participate

·         Limited Underwriting – no medical or physical exams required

·         Family Coverage – available with all of the plans (except Disability)

·         Portable – members can continue coverage if they leave the company (except Disability)

·         Payroll Deduction – premiums are paid through payroll deduction

Enrollment Schedule

1.       Everett Shops                                                               August 24th—26th

2.       Quincy                                                                           August 24th—25th

3.       Arborway                                                                      August 26th and 29th

4.       Arlington                                                                       August 29th—31st

5.       Charlestown / Outside Machine Shop                      August 29th—31st

6.       Cabot                                                                             August 30th—31st

7.       Lynn                                                                               August 31st—September 1st

8.       Fellsway                                                                        September 1st—2nd

9.       South Hampton                                                            September 1st—2nd

10.   Albany Garage                                                              September 1st—2nd

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming enrollment, please contact National Group Protection (NGP) at 800-344-9016.

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Winpisinger Center Rolls Out New Field Negotiation Prep Program.

08_16_2016_negprepIn an effort to support and augment its highly successful Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program, the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is rolling out a new Field Negotiation Preparation program for bargaining units as they prepare for negotiations.

One of the primary aims of the field program is to strengthen the critical role stewards play in the bargaining process and their vital link between the membership and the negotiating committee. The Field Negotiation Prep program will be available to groups unable to travel to the Winpisinger Center and will offer a flexible format for negotiating committees, stewards and members.

“The Negotiation Prep program is one of the most requested and respected programs offered at the Winpisinger Center,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “It needs to be more accessible to bargaining units and particularly Shop Stewards across North America. That’s why I directed the Winpisinger staff to work with Strategic Resources, Communications and our territorial vice presidents to deliver a program that puts the fight back in the Fighting Machinists and gives our locals and districts every chance to win better contracts.”

In advance of the new program’s rollout, leaders from every IAM territory took part in a weeklong Train-the-Trainer program facilitated by Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner and Strategic Resources Director Neil Gladstein. The group discussed how negotiation prep modules and material might be adapted and delivered in the field. The week culminated with the preparation and presentation of training agendas and curriculum material developed in response to six different field-training scenarios.

The new program is not designed to replace the Winpisinger-based Negotiation Prep program, but will accommodate situations where in-the field negotiations preparation is the better option. In the coming weeks, specific information will be provided to districts and locals concerning the process for requesting the Field Negotiation Prep Program.

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Marty Walsh: Privatization Doesn’t Work .

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Recently, Mayor Marty Walsh sat down with the Boston Globe for a wide-ranging interview about his first-term in office and what he sees as the most pressing issues facing the city. At the top of his list was his opposition to privatizing public transit. Below is the portion of the interview that focused on his opposition to privatization.

As part of the push to fix the MBTA’s financial outlook, the state transit agency’s management has pushed to outsource certain union jobs to the private sector.

But Walsh, whose connections to labor were vital to his election, said that privatization won’t fix the T.

“Privatization doesn’t work,” Walsh said. “Anytime you look at a privatization, in the short term when the first contract goes out, there might be a savings there. And then when the second contract goes out, it’s right back up. The costs go right back up.”

Established by Gov. Charlie Baker, the T’s control board has seemed interested in cutting costs by privatizing functions like the “money room,” which is tasked with counting the fares collected at gates.

“I know that the money room has gone up recently,” Walsh said. “Let’s revisit the money room in three years and see how that’s working out for people.”

The Carmen’s Union, which represents thousands of MBTA employees, has pushed back on the privatization effort and questioned whether it will indeed bring savings. Similarly, Walsh said he did not have high hopes for the privatization effort.

“You can’t regulate yourself by privatization,” Walsh said. “You can’t reform yourself—that’s a better word—by privatization. It just doesn’t work.”

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Media concurred that Gov. Baker’s allegations of sunroofs in armored trucks was ‘pure fiction’

Via Carmen’s Union 589’s website

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On Friday, we released a statement that said the allegations of sunroofs in armored trucks were untrue.

We are happy to report that the media concurred and wrote several stories about how the governor was playing fast and loose with the truth in an attempt to justify outsourcing the jobs of those who operate the trucks―and it’s not the first time. The media even published photos (like the one above) of the supposed “sunroofs,” which in no way look like what he said. Click on any of the stories below to see for yourself.

MBTA union says Governor is wrong about armored car sunroofs
Boston Globe | By Nicole Dungca | July 22, 2016

MBTA union: Gov. Baker’s allegations of sunroofs in armored trucks ‘pure fiction’
MassLive | By Shira Schoenberg | July 22, 2016

Union blasts Baker on armored car sunroofs
Commonwealth Magazine | Jack Sullivan | July 22, 2016

As we said in our statement, “All that we have asked for is for MBTA leadership and the Baker Administration to be truthful, but they have chosen time and again to say anything in an attempt to justify getting rid of hardworking public employees.”

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Paid family leave is good for business and communities

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via Commonwealth Magazine.

AT SOME POINT in everyone’s life, a serious personal or family medical emergency happens. Individuals receive an unexpected diagnosis. An elderly parent’s health rapidly declines. A family member faces a terminal illness.

That’s why I’m compelled to support the paid family and medical leave bill passed by the state Senate at the end of the just concluded legislative session. The bill was not taken up by the House before lawmakers adjourned their formal sessions for the year, but it should be a priority when they reconvene in January.

As the CEO of Shorelight Education, a growing company with nearly 300 employees worldwide, I understand that when our employees are healthy and productive, our business will be successful. As a father, I believe that people shouldn’t have to choose between working at the job they need and caring for the family they love.

Paid family and medical leave would allow all Massachusetts workers to take job-protected, paid time off from work to take care of their health or the health of a loved one without the risk of losing their job or facing financial ruin, and ensure that all parents can take the time they need to nurture and bond with their new children.

I’ve been a CEO in the Boston business community since 1999, and been the CEO at Shorelight since January 2013. I know that paid family and medical leave allows my team to be healthy and focused when they’re at work. When employees can take time off when they or a close family member is sick, or after the birth of a child, they are healthier and more productive when they come back to work, and the reduction in turnover is a big money saver. That’s good for our business.

I’m also a husband to an amazing wife and a dad to three wonderful children, so it’s important to me that paid family and medical leave allows parents to care for new additions to families, or to help loved ones through illnesses. Paid family and medical leave also keeps money in the pockets of working families during a medical emergency, allowing them to keep paying the bills, shopping for groceries, and buying clothes for their kids, thus keeping the local economy strong. That’s good for all of our families.

Many small business owners in Massachusetts can’t afford to offer paid leave right now because with only a few employees, the cost of paying both the employee taking leave and their replacement for several weeks could be too much to afford all at once. But because the Senate’s bill creates a state trust fund for paid family and medical leave that pays benefits to the employees who take leave under the law, small businesses could offer their employees paid leave for just a few dollars per worker per week. A UMass Boston study of an earlier draft of the bill estimated that the program would have a weekly cost of just $3.06 per employee. By pooling costs and risk together, all businesses could offer this important benefit that helps our employees and our bottom lines.

California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have had paid family and medical leave for years, and both workers and businesses report positive effects. Six years after California’s law was implemented, 89 to 99 percent of employers reported that paid family and medical leave had either a “positive effect” or “no noticeable effect” on productivity, profitability/performance, turnover, and employee morale. Earlier this year, New York became the fourth state to pass a paid family and medical leave law, and Massachusetts now has a chance to be next.

Paid family and medical leave is a win-win-win policy. Good for workers and their families, good for business, and good for our economy. It’s about time we made it happen.

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Going to the Grand Lodge Convention? There’s an App for That.

imageThe 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention App is now available for download. Get your all-access pass to the IAM’s 39th Grand Lodge Convention, taking place September 4-10 in Chicago.

Bringing family or friends? Download the app for information on theatres, parks, museums and shopping—all within walking distance of the hotel.

Flying? The app allows you to book an airport shuttle reservation with Go Airport Express at a 15 percent discount. Go Airport Express is the premier ground transportation provider for Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports. It departs every 10-15 minutes to Chicago-area hotels.

Driving? The Host Committee has negotiated a discounted parking rate at the Chicago Hilton of $30 a day with in and out privileges.

Search “IAM 2016” and download the app from the Apple or Android app store.

Key features include the agenda, speakers, convention documents, social media, alerts, maps and more. It’s a must have if you are attending the convention or just want to stay up to date from home.

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MBTA FMCB board gives $15m lift to Keolis.

Commonwealth Magazine | By Bruce Mohl | July 11, 2016

p23_Hyundai_carTHE MBTA’S OVERSIGHT BOARD on Monday approved a series of maintenance, repair, and scheduling changes for commuter rail service that are expected to improve on-time performance and boost the income of the cash-strapped private contractor, Keolis Commuter Services, by about $15 million a year.

James O’Brien, president of the Boston Carmen’s Union, is leading the fight against efforts at the T to privatize agency operations. O’Brien told members of the Fiscal Management and Control Board that Keolis is the perfect example why transportation services shouldn’t be privatized. “Thirteen years after we outsourced the operation, privatization has clearly not delivered the improvements we were all promised,” he said. “Keolis is a glaring example of privatization gone wrong.”

To read more of the article, visit http://commonwealthmagazine.org/transportation/mbta-board-gives-15m-lift-to-keolis/.

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IAM Voices Heard at DNC Platform Meeting

IAM International President Bob Martinez spoke passionately about issues affecting Machinists Union members and all workers at the Democratic Platform Meeting in Orlando, FL.

IAM International President Bob Martinez spoke passionately about issues affecting Machinists Union members and all workers at the Democratic Platform Meeting in Orlando, FL.

IAM members across the country had a seat at the table last week at the Democratic Party Platform meeting in Orlando, FL. IAM backed amendments will help advance issues that affect working families.

The Democratic Platform Committee sets the party’s agenda going into the 2016 election. With the help of the IAM and other unions, this year’s platform is being called the most progressive in the history of the Democratic National Committee.

IAM International President Bob Martinez spoke in support of an amendment offered by AFSCME President Lee Saunders that will set the highest possible standards for worker and environmental protections and significantly strengthen enforcement and accountability tools for trade deals. The amendment passed, 117 to 64.

“Trade agreements like TPP will cost our nation hundreds of thousands of jobs, if not millions,” said Martinez. “Let’s be clear, we are not opposed to trade, but we want fair trade, not free trade.”

Working into the early hours of the morning, delegates adopted amendments the IAM put forward on the Export-Import Bank, NASA funding and full employment.

“Unlike those that only pay lip-service to creating jobs, we mean what we say and we’ll put in place the programs that achieve this,” said Martinez. “This amendment makes clear our commitment to full employment and high paying jobs that will secure our economy well into the future.”

Watch Martinez testify on trade, the Export-Import Bank (Part I, Part II), NASA funding and full employment.

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Carmen’s Union offers $24m savings plan.

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A MAJOR LABOR GROUP representing MBTA workers proposed a plan on Monday that it said would net $24 million in savings over four years for the transportation authority as it seeks to eliminate its $80 million structural deficit in fiscal 2018.

The proposal would add two years to the Boston Carmen’s Union contract, which expires July 1, 2018, adding wage increases of 1.5 percent for those two years, which is a smaller bump than usual. The proposed agreement would allow the T to privatize its central warehouse operations while prohibiting the transit agency from privatizing other services – such as cash-handling, where union members collect and count cash for the T.

MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve praised the union for working to reduce expenses, though he cautioned that plans for savings at the MBTA “can’t be entirely back-loaded.” He said more immediate savings are needed on flexible contracting, pensions, and the duration of the work week.

Shortsleeve said the Carmen’s plan generates $2 million to $3 million in savings over the first few years while privatizing the money room would generate an estimated $4 million to $5 million in savings.

Lawmakers in 2015 gave the MBTA a three-year window without statutory restrictions on outsourcing, and Shortsleeve said it is “unlikely” the T would “concede much” from that relief.

“They certainly want to be part of the solution here,” Shortsleeve told reporters ahead of Monday’s meeting of the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board. Shortsleeve said reforming the rules around overtime would be a good way to achieve savings. [During the meeting, Shortsleeve also thanked the Carmen’s Union for offering to reduce annual wage increases to 1.5 percent rather than the previous pattern of 2.5 percent.]

Thomas Roth, a labor consultant for the union and president of The Labor Bureau Inc., said over the past decade the average annual wage increase has been 2.7 percent.

The carmen’s union also finds a lot of its proposed savings through people not yet working for the MBTA. The plan would exact an 11 percent wage reduction for the first four years of service on fulltime employees hired after July 1. Part-time employees would receive an 8 percent reduction in wages over their first six years of employment.

“For months now we’ve been asking to have a seat at the table,” Boston Carmen’s Union President James O’Brien told the control board on Monday. He said over 25 years the plan could save the T $190 million.

Control board member Brian Lang, who is president of the union Unite Here Local 26, said it is “very common” for labor organizations to share cost-reduction plans with management.

“I think it’s a great initiative,” Lang said of the Carmen’s push. He said, “I’m hopeful that we’re going to be able to work something out.”

Sen. Marc Pacheco, a Taunton Democrat, told the control board the proposal is “something that we should be looking at very seriously.”

The Boston Carmen’s Union, Local 589 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, counts more than 4,100 T employees among its members, including bus drivers, customer service agents and money room employees.

 

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Make Your Fourth of July Barbecue Union Made

Made-in-America-Make-Your-Fourth-of-July-Barbecue-Union-Made_blog_post_fullWidthVIA AFL-CIO and Labor 411

It’s Made in America week and we’ll be spotlighting a different product area every day so that working families can show their solidarity for their sisters and brothers. First up, we know many of you will be planning barbecues for the Fourth of July.

Text MADE to 235246 for more union-made in America product lists.

Our lists are courtesy of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s website Labor 411; Union Plus; the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM); and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

Beer

  •  Budweiser
  •  Coors
  •  Miller
  •  Pabst
  •  Sam Adams

See more beers from Union Plus.

Coolers

  •  Rubbermaid

Flags

  •  Artflag

Games

  •  Battleship
  •  Candy Land
  •  Clue
  •  Connect Four
  •  Monopoly
  •  Twister
  •  Yahtzee

Grills

  •  Weber (Genesis, Summit, Q Series)

Hot Dogs

  •  Ball Park
  •  Butterball
  •  Hebrew National
  •  Hormel
  •  Oscar Mayer

Ice Cream

  •  Breyers
  •  Good Humor
  •  Prairie Farms
  •  Tillamook

Snacks 

  • Flipz pretzels
  • Frito-Lay chips
  • Triscuit crackers
  • Wheat Thins crackers
  • Oreo cookies (Note: The AFL-CIO has endorsed the BCTGM’s boycott of Nabisco products made in Mexico because Mondelēz International, Nabisco’s parent company, continues to outsource product lines and middle-class American jobs to Mexico. Before you buy Oreos or any Nabisco-brand products, check the label to make sure you are buying American-made snacks. Learn how to check the label.)

Sunscreen

  •  Bain de Soleil
  •  Coppertone
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