• Local 201 Stand out June,18, 2015
  • Contract colors in full force 
  • 201 sending a message!
  • GE Lynn Fairchild Gate April,22,2015
  • United for better Pension,Medical and wages.
  • A portion of local 201 members at one of 3 well attended send off rallies.
  • BA Casilli addressed the crowd at in-plant send off Rally. 
  • Rallies at GE locations across the country coincide we GE shareholders...
  • Strong support from organizations like Mass Senior Action. 
 IUE-CWA LOCAL 201    

News

Breaking National News

December 17, 2015
 
To: CWA Local Presidents
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
I wanted to announce to all of you the action by our CWA Executive Board today in affirming our members’ preference for a presidential endorsement.
 
From the beginning of our process in September, I made it clear that CWA members decide what action our union takes on a political endorsement. CWA members have made that choice, indicating a clear preference to endorse Bernie Sanders for President. 
 
I appreciate all the work that you have done to mobilize our members and turn out the vote. I am proud of our democratic process, proud of CWA members, and proud to support the candidate whose vision of America includes a real place for working families in our politics and our economy. 
 
Several months ago, we began our process to determine whether any candidate would gain CWA’s endorsement. Our online poll opened in mid-September and closed at the end of the day Dec. 10. Our process was open, transparent, and fully democratic, more so than any other union. Tens of thousands of CWA members participated, the highest level of participation we’ve had to-date in our political polling.
 
The choice to endorse Bernie Sanders reflects the activism of our members and their determination to bring about political and economic change.
 
Now, we’re ready to do what it takes to elect Bernie Sanders as the next President of the United States.
 
I’m very proud of our union and our members, and the role we play not only in political action, but in what we do to benefit all working families.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Chris Shelton 
President
 
c:  CWA Staff
     CWA Executive Board

Post 65 Medicare Supplement Options.

Attention: Regarding POST-65 Medicare Supplement Options for our Union hourly/salaried Retirees
 
IUE/CWA Local 201 has just been informed of an option for those who are in the process of applying for Medicare Supplemental Insurance through Tower-Watson/One Exchange. We have been inquiring about Blue Cross/ Blue Shields Medicare Supplement Medical plans in Massachusetts because their Medical plans are NOT being offered through One Exchange.
 
Blue Cross/Blue Shield offers a discount of 15% for the first year, 10% for the second year and 5% for the third year for people that enroll in their plan. We have just been informed by Blue/Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, that any retiree who signs up for their Bronze medical plan, will qualify for a first year discount of 15% for a total monthly cost of 158.00. (The Core plan also qualifies for the discount and would cost 79.00 per month.) The full cost for the Bronze plan without the discount is 186.00 per month. The Bronze plan is similar to other plans being offered through One/ Exchange but significantly less with the 15% discount.  Again, this plan and some other plans are not being offered through One Exchange.
 
Anyone who is interested in this coverage (or any plans outside of the GE One Exchange) should read the following very carefully. Local 201 is NOT endorsing any plan but wanted retirees to be informed that the option to go outside GE One Exchange is available but under the following stipulations below.
 
• In order to qualify for the $1000.00 annual GE RRA payment you NEED to be in either the prescription drug plan OR a medical plan through One/Exchange.
 
• If you want to sign up for the Blue Cross plan described above (or any other Medical plan NOT being offered through One-Exchange) and still qualify for the $1000.00 Retirement Reimbursement Account (RRA) you would need to go through One Exchange to enroll in your prescription drug plan. Alternatively, if you go outside One-Exchange for a Prescription Plan, you would have to enroll in a Medical Plan inside One Exchange to get the $1,000 RRA. If you are enrolling in a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medical and Prescription together) then you would have to choose a GE One Exchange option to get the $1,000 RRA.
 
 
(Note: If interested to sign up for Blue Cross Blue Shield medical mentioned above you need to call 1-800-678-2265, Monday through Friday between 8am to 6pm and tell them you are losing your employer sponsored coverage for Medical effective January 1, 2016 and are interested in their Medical (not prescription plan) only.
 
All your current GE post-65 Medicare supplement coverages (Medical and Prescription) end effective January 1, 2016. So you should ACT IMMEDIATLEY (by December 31. 2015) to enroll in a Medical Plan and Prescription Plan and enroll in at least one (Medical or Prescription) through the GE One Exchange options to be eligible for the $1,000 Retirement Reimbursement account in 2016. The GE One Exchange number is 1- 855-873-0103.  If you have any questions - call Kevin Mahar-781-598-2760 or 781-367-7822.
 
(12/1/2015)

Attention Local 201 Retirees

RETIREE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
Date: December 8, 2015 @ 12 NOON
Location: Porthole Pub- Lynnway, Lynn
Comedy show from the one exchange by renowned comedian Paul DeAngelo
Buffet – Cost $15
Stop at Hall to pick up tickets

8 CBC Unions File Class Action Law Suit.

For release Nov. 9, 2015
Contact: Ginny Bailey (937) 298-9984
Unions File Class Action Lawsuit Over GE’s Plan to Renege on its Retiree Health Care Obligation
Dayton, Ohio -- A coalition of labor unions lead by the IUE-CWA, Industrial Division of the Communication Workers of America, has filed a federal class action lawsuit against General Electric Company in the Northern District of Ohio today. The coalition includes the members of the GE Coordinated Bargaining Committee: the United Electrical Workers, United Auto Workers, Machinists, Steelworkers, Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Teamsters and the Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.
The coalition of unions and more than twenty individual retirees contend that GE is violating federal labor law and the Employer Retirement Income Security Act by depriving its post-age 65 retirees of important retiree medical coverage, coverage that these individuals worked for over decades and that was promised in their union contracts.
IUE-CWA President James Clark, chair of the coalition stated, “We are outraged that a very profitable General Electric Corporation would choose to break promises to its retirees during the most vulnerable time of their lives, after they gave decades of service to this company. I am glad these retirees have unions that are willing to step up and fight for justice.”
GE has announced that effective January 1, 2016, it will unilaterally terminate its post-65 retiree medical plans and replace them with an opportunity for retirees to purchase post-65 health insurance coverage from a private broker healthcare exchange selected by the company. GE is offering, for now, a $1,000 yearly credit for its retirees to offset some of the cost of replacing this medical coverage that was being provided by the company. Thousands of GE retirees, particularly those on life saving drugs, are facing much higher drug costs as a result of this change, and GE is refusing to commit to supplying the yearly credit throughout the lives of the retirees.
IUE-CWA and the other labor union plaintiffs are confident that the terms of their labor contracts clearly demonstrate intent by all parties that the benefits negotiated with GE are lifetime benefits for GE retirees.