The Industrial Steward Training class for LU 66 will be held Saturday, March 28th @ 9am – at the LU 66 hall. This class is for all Local 66 Stewards including the TNMP Gulf Coast area Stewards. There will be additional dates and locations for TNMP Stewards located in North Texas and West Texas. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early, coffee and donuts will be served in the morning and lunch will be served later that day. Call the Hall and notify the office staff of your intentions to attend the training so that we can provide the appropriate amount of study material and food. This will be the only class scheduled for 2015 at our Union Hall others will be scheduled for North and West Texas.

Thank You

As you know, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield was the target of a cyber-attack that potentially compromised upwards of 80 million individual records, potentially including personal records of our members covered by the NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan (FMCP).
We have been in regular communications with Anthem and they continue to advise us that they are working around the clock to determine who was affected and to what degree.  They have told us that they believe no Personal Health Information (PHI) was compromised, however, personal identifying information was.  Further, they do not believe that Social Security numbers were compromised in every case.  But again, they are working to determine the exact scope of the breach.
As you know, late Friday afternoon Anthem advised us that they became aware of some email scams where fake emails, appearing legitimate from Anthem, are being sent to members in an effort to further compromise members’ personal data.
Anthem has advised us it could take weeks to determine who was affected.  Once they know they will then mail notices to each of these members offering identity protection and credit monitoring free of charge.
While we do appreciate the efforts of Anthem, we, as the Trustees of the FMCP, believe that we cannot and should not wait any longer to get our members the appropriate level of personal protection that they need and deserve.  Accordingly, we have made arrangements with “Life Lock”, the nation’s premier identity protection organization, to extend free protection to every participant in the FMCP immediately.  An announcement of this immediate and free service will be mailed (please note this will only be sent by the US mail) to all members as soon as it is possible – at most, a matter of days not weeks.
While we do not yet know, for sure, if our members have been affected, we do not believe that it is appropriate or fair to wait any longer.  We would ask that you urge your members to take advantage of this service and get protection. Whatever Anthem ultimately determines and offers to the affected members will still be offered to our members for possible further protection.
We appreciate your support and understanding with this difficult situation and want you to know that we care about our members and their families.  We believe this is the right thing to do.
Thank you,
NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan Board of Trustees

Subject: CRITICAL UPDATE on Anthem Data Breach

We are writing to provide a critical update on Anthem’s data breach.  Again, Anthem is working around the clock to identify who is being affected and will be contacting them directly to offer identity protection and credit monitoring at no charge.
Anthem just notified us that there are related email scams being sent in connection with the breach.  These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem or Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem nor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.
We are trying every way possible to spread the word.  If possible, please advise your members/employees:
  • DO NOT click on any links in an email.
  • DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
  • DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in an email.
  • DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with an email.
Anthem and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia are NOT calling members regarding the cyber-attack and are not asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.
These emails are from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber-attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the scammers.
Anthem will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber-attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.
In addition, Anthem has launched a national media campaign to alert people of this email phishing scam.
We will be monitoring this situation over the weekend and will keep you updated.  We assure you that we are working around the clock to do everything we can.  We have put an alert on www.nifmcp.com making our members aware of this situation.  FMCP’s customer service representatives are making callers aware of the phishing scam.
If you have any questions, please contact the FMCP at 301-556-4303.
Thank you,
NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan Board of Trustees

 

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

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