Local 716 will again offer Code update classes. These classes are free for IBEW members. The classes will be scheduled as follows;

January 17

January 31

February 21

March 21

April 18

May 16

All classes will start promptly at 8:00 am and conclude at noon, you must attend all 4 hours to get the required credit. Although there is no charge for the class we ask that you please make a generous donation to Local 716′s ill and injured fund. Proof of membership must be provided.  This is a complete list, no other classes will be offered by 716 in 2015.

Regards

Rick Childers

I.B.E.W. Local 66

The vote to establish the 4-10 hour shift for the alternate shifts at CenterPoint Energy has passed. The vote was 55% for and 45% against. Thank you for your vote and expect these shifts to be started soon.

Regards

Rick Childers

2014 NEC CODE UPDATE CLASS SCHEDULE

JANUARY 18th

FEBRUARY 8TH

FEBRUARY 22ND

MARCH 22ND

APRIL 12TH

MAY 17TH (LAST CLASS)

CLASSES ARE AT LOCAL 716 UNION HALL.

CLASS TIMES ARE 8 AM TO APROX. 12 PM.

CLASSES ARE FREE BUT DONATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.

MUST HAVE UNION CARD OR DUES RECIEPT AT SIGN IN.

 

 

 

The Union has offered and made itself available to meet and negotiate with the Company on 24 dates in the first quarter of the new year. The Company has responded by stating that they are only willing to meet on ten days in the first three months of the new year. The Union is  ready and prepared to meet and get the employees of TNMP an Agreement, obviously the Company has a different time schedule than we do. We will continue to press on, we are making some head way and intend to continue to negotiate in the employees best interest.

Please have a safe holiday season.

 

There
is good news for those of you who want to utilize a health care flexible
spending account (HCFSA) in order to pay out of pocket medical, dental and
vision care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
Effective January 1, 2014, Aetna’s Streamline feature will include the new NECA/IBEW Family
Medical Care Plan
.

 

Here
is how Streamline works: Your
medical, dental, vision and pharmacy claims administrators report your out-of-pocket
expenses directly to Aetna. Aetna automatically processes the information as a
claim and reimburses you from your Aetna HCFSA. You can choose whether you want
your reimbursement direct deposited in your bank account or if you want to
receive a check.

 

What
does this mean for you? You will have no
claim forms to fill out, no EOBs or receipts to collect and submit, no concerns
about forgetting to file an expense.

The
following claims administrators have partnered with Aetna to offer Streamline:

 

NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan (BCBS of
Georgia)

SavRX

Aetna
Dental

Vision
Service Plan (VSP)

 

To
take advantage of this easy way to stretch your benefit dollars, you may
contribute up to $2,500 into a HCFSA during
CenterPoint Energy’s annual enrollment, beginning November 22.
If you are new to an HCFSA, to participate
in Streamline, visit your secure
Aetna Navigator™ website at www.aetna.com.
Select “Claims and Balances”, then “Related
Features” and then “Streamline Claims”.

 

Important: Do not choose Streamline
if

  • You are
    paying orthodontia expenses on a contract schedule rather than a per-visit
    basis. These claims cannot be processed automatically.
  • You are
    also enrolled in your spouse’s plan and benefits are coordinated

 

And
remember, your contributions to a HCFSA are on a use it or lose it basis, so
carefully consider your expected out of pocket expenses.  If you have any questions, please call Aetna’s
Flexible Spending Account Service Center
at 1-888-238-6226.

 

 

 

You can get more information on the IBEW Medical plan by going to; www.nebf.com/fmcp then click on plan documents then click on summary plan 16.

Annual enrollment for employees represented by IBEW Local 66 will take place November 22 – December 4, 2013. You must enroll during this time frame, you will enroll for all benefits including Buy/Sell vacation, Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, and all types of life insurance. Please print you confirmation page at the end of your enrollment and keep in a safe place. Your confirmation page is very important in the event something goes wrong with the computer system. Remember these dates, they are exclusive to the Bargaining Unit, if you miss the window you may defalt to something you do not want.

Regards

Rick Childers

The CenterPoint Energy contract was ratified by a vote of 70% for and 30% against.

Changes to the Agreement

 

  1. Move the Critical Communications into the body of the
    Agreement.  Those that don’t fit into an
    existing Article will remain as Critical Communications.

 

  1. Replacing employees on shift by the use of the Z crew
    for the first 3 than go to the next bucket for the next 3 etc.  2 from the small centers.  Small centers defined as centers with 30 or
    less.

 

  1. Employees may find a replacement for their duty only 1
    time per Duty Week either single day or multiple days. ( No off and on and off
    again each time)

 

  1. Replacement list are voluntary only.  If skipped on the list, employee can bank up
    to 3 opportunities for overtime.

 

  1. Trade the $75.00 off duty call premium for $75.00 stand
    by pay for on duty.  If don=t get called or don=t miss calls while on duty, employee
    will get the $75.00.

 

  1. GWI                $600.00
    Signing Bonus upon Ratification

3%
on 5-26-13 (Retro);  3% on 5-26-14;  3% on 5-26-15

 

  1. ICP based on CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric
    achievement levels.

 

1% ICP payable
in 1 quarter of each year through 2016

 

  1. IBEW/NECA Family Medical Plan.

 

  1. Jointly Trusted Medical Plan administered by both the
    IBEW and NECA.
  2. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Network.
  3. $200 per person/$400 per family per year deductible.
  4. $20 co-pay office visit family doctor or specialist.
  5. $100 co-pay emergency room visit (waived if admitted
    into hospital).
  6. Plan pays 100% after deductible and co-pays.
  7. Generic Drugs are mandatory at no cost.
  8. 20% of the price for preferred drugs & 30% for
    non-preferred drugs with $1,000 maximum out-of-pocket max per person per year.
  9. 2014 Premiums per Month:

Employee
Only – $151.00;  Employee & Spouse – $288.00;  Employee & Children – $269.00;  Employee & Family – $400.00

  1. Keep the 77%/23% Company/Employee split.  If 2015 or 2016 increase up to 7%.  Any increase is above 7% will be split
    77%/23% Employee/Company and any increase above 11% will be picked up by the
    Employee.

 

  1. Small Premium increases for:                 Dental;  Vision;
    & LTD

 

  1. Remove the sunset language from the Article on Holidays
    making it permanent that holidays that fall on normal days off will become
    floating hours.

 

  1. Union will request a
    meeting with the Benefits Review Committee to request the addition of Brokerage
    Windows for the Savings Plan.

 

 

Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at Texas New Mexico Power Company, yesterday they voted to become union represented employees. IBEW Local 66 will represent the 180 plus employees located within the state of Texas. Steward training will start soon as well as contract negotiations. We look forward to welcoming our new members aboard

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