NH Members, your friends and family in NH can use THIS LINK to look up your elected officials, and urge them to VOTE NO on Right to Work!
Despite the misleading name, so-called “right-to-work” laws do not guarantee anyone a job and do not protect workers’ rights.
“Right-to-work” laws prohibit trade unions from collecting fees to cover the cost of contract administration from employees who benefit from the protections of a collective bargaining agreement, but do not join the union. There are different versions of “right-to-work” legislation, but all so-called “right-to-work” laws are designed to limit the power of labor unions, and the workers they represent, to negotiate for better pay and working conditions.
Federal law requires trade unions to equally represent all workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement, regardless of union membership status. In states without so-called “right-to-work” laws, private employers and their employees are free to negotiate agreements that ensure everyone who benefits from a union contract contributes a share of the costs of obtaining and protecting those benefits. By prohibiting unions from asking non-members to pay a “service” or “fair share” fee to cover the basic costs of contract administration, so-called “right-to-work” laws give state governments the power to limit the terms and conditions that private-sector employers and their employees have a right to negotiate as part of a collective bargaining agreement.
Labor unions in “right-to-work” states are forced to absorb the costs of grievance and arbitration procedures on behalf of non-members who benefit from the terms of a bargaining agreement, but who do not contribute to the union’s operating fund. By draining resources and hurting the ability of unions to grow, “right to work” laws are consistently linked with lower average wages and reduced workplace safety for all working people in states that have passed the legislation.
Well-funded “right-to-work” proponents include the National Right to Work Committee, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Americans for Prosperity. While supporters typically claim that “right-to-work” laws are necessary to attract new businesses and increase employment opportunities, rigorous economic studies fail to validate such claims.
We currently have more members who have tested positive for COVID-19 than we have at any point since this pandemic began. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States are rising. Take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We at Local 2222 know what it means to stand united with our Union Brothers & Sisters. Let’s show our solidarity with frontline workers – nurses, police, firefighters, EMS, teachers, grocery workers, postal workers – by wearing our masks, by practicing social distancing, by adhering to all guidelines in place. Let’s keep them safe, keep our co-workers safe, keep ourselves safe, so we can all make it safely home to our families.
Eligible Verizon employees have the option to defer their entire CPS award into their Verizon Savings Plan account. Employees who wish to defer their CPS award must take action between January 4th 2021 and February 5th 2021.
Employees who choose not to defer will receive their CPS award on March 5th, 2021 in a separate paycheck/direct deposit.
The letter below, which details the steps to take if you choose to defer your CPS, will be emailed to all employees. Employees on a leave of absence or disability absence will receive the letter in the mail.
Please be advised that if you have applied for a COVID-19 LOA, including if you have been instructed to quarantine, the Verizon HR COVID-19 Group will contact you via email, using the email address you provided when completing the LOA form. Please check your email frequently.
The IBEW & CWA reached an agreement with Verizon to extend the Work at Home Agreement through January 31, 2021. Click HERE to read the agreement.
We have also reached an agreement to extend Home Garaging through January 31, 2021. Click HERE to read the agreement.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to earn a full $100 credit on your 2021 medical plan contributions.All you need to do is complete one of the five healthy actions below. One of these actions must be completed, even if you have completed the Health Assessment in the past.
Get a biometric screeningeither at home or at a Quest Patient Service Center. If you’ve already ordered the at-home kit, now’s the time to return it. To schedule, go to My Health Vault on WellConnect and click on the left column to sign in to Quest.
Participate in a volunteer activityin your local community. Visit the Verizon Volunteer Portal to get ideas, or choose a volunteer activity that’s important to you.
Participate in WebMD Coachingto startan achievable plan created by an expert coach.
Complete a WebMD Health Assessmentin a few minutes online and learn how to improve your health. If you’ve previously taken a Health Assessment, you’ll need to either complete a new one or complete one of the four other healthy actions.
Choose a Primary Care Physician or complete an annual wellness visit to get the most from your health benefits, including yearly checkups, screenings and immunizations. If you already have a PCP, then you can complete an annual wellness visit with your healthcare provider.
To get started, go to the Verizon HealthZone and log in with your username and password. Then select Wellness Incentives in the top navigation. If you need help resetting your username and password, contact WebMD Customer Service at 1.855.326.5097. Select option 1 for Customer Service, then press 0 to speak with a representative.
Please allow up to 5 business days for your $100 wellness credit to be reflected on your annual benefits summary. You’re eligible to receive a $100 wellness credit once, whether you complete one or more of the five healthy actions.
To ensure your credit is reflected in your first check of 2021, you must complete one of the above actions no later 12/1/20
If you complete the action after 12/1/20 but before 12/31/20 you will receive full credit for 2021, but this will not be reflected in the first few pay periods.
Actions completed in 2021 will result in a prorated credit.
Effective immediately, Sedgwick will add the FMLA Medical Authorization Form to the Short Term Disability (STD) packet sent at the start of an absence. This change due to feedback received from the Department of Labor that two separate authorizations are required. Previously, only one authorization was included in the packet for both FMLA and STD claims.
All employees will need to complete both the:
FMLA Authorization (Voluntary Authorization to Seek Clarification or Authentication on FMLA and/or State FMLA Certification)
STD authorization (Medical Authorization) in order for Sedgwick to contact the health care provider regarding either the FMLA or STD claim.
The United Way works to create positive, lasting change for people in need. We call it harnessing the power of people working together. And that means everyone — individuals, nonprofits, companies, and government agencies.
We work every day to achieve our vision and mission by focusing on two foundations of better lives: Financial Opportunity and Educational Success. Specifically:
Financial Opportunity: Ensuring that all families have safe housing, healthy food, and quality childcare; that they have jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families; and that they have access to financial tools and coaching to help build a better future.
Educational Success: Preparing children so they can enter school ready to learn, develop critical social and academic skills, and get the support they need to stay in school and graduate.
You are the key to making this shared vision a reality. Your gifts become critical funding for ground-breaking initiatives and best-in-class partnerships with nonprofit agencies throughout our region. Your time and talents fuel the engine for change, and your friends, family, and colleagues are the army of difference-makers who positively impact lives.
For members with college-aged students, remember you must certify your dependent child is a full-time student when they reach 19 years of age. If you fail to do so, they will lose their dental and vision insurance on December 31st of the year of their 19th birthday.
The Union negotiated New England Work & Family Committee is pleased to offer a free Estate Planning Kit to our VZ members.
Estate planning can be an overwhelming, time-consuming task that shouldn’t be avoided. This kit will break down the necessary steps to put your estate in order and make difficult times easier for your loved ones. The Estate Planning Basicsprovides guidance and direction to planning areas such as wills, beneficiaries, living trusts, probate, retirement plans, estate tax, and lawyers. This book explains how to make a plan and carry it to completion, and includes access to Nolo’s Wills, Trusts and Probate center, where you’ll find hundreds of articles and FAQs, and useful legal forms. A unique page is also available online with legal updates pertaining to just this book.
Now that you are on your way to creating an estate plan, it’s important to have a way to store and keep track of the important documents you and your family will need. This NEW&F Document Holder is the perfect solution. A heavy-duty document holder will keep your documents safe and damage-free. It features ten expandable file pockets to organize the documents you need to store or carry with you. Everything you need in one convenient place! Click the link above to order.