Spring 2015 Local 1996 Newsletter

COVER FOR WEBSITE The Spring 2015 Local 1996 Newsletter is filled with helpful information especially designed for you, our members! Packed inside this edition, you can learn about our International President’s visit with Local 1996 members, Social Security legislation being introduced, helpful benefits links, a small glimpse of many Union Made Spring items, and much more!

 

Click here for the full Spring Edition.

GEORGIA AFL-CIO LOBBY DAY!

DSC_6044Every year Local 1996 stewards visit the Georgia Capital. They meet with and discuss issues with their elected officials. In partnership with Georgia’s American Federation of Labor, we made our presence known at the dome! This year’s Lobby Day was comprised of over a dozen Labor Unions from all across the state. Keeping politicians honest and interested in what working families deserve does not stop at the ballot box.Together, we must be diligent in keeping blue collar issues on the front line.

We need you! Please speak with your Union Representative to learn how you can assist.  Help us keep families’ issues and interest alive. Get involved!

 

THE DIRTIEST DEAL YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF- TPP!

DSC_5995Richard Trumka, President of the AFL- CIO, along with Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, [Pictured are Reich on left & Trumka on right] spoke with hundreds of union members in Atlanta this past February.  2014 marked the 20 year anniversary of NAFTA; the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since its inception, it has been disastrous to American jobs and the economy. Now, certain politicians and major corporations are trying to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Don’t be surprised if you have not heard of TPP. [click on TPP for summary video]  It is the dirtiest deal you’ve never heard of!  TPP will hurt good jobs, compromise medicinal safety, allow big corporations to sue our government for “expected future profits” and even limit business regulations that can be imposed by the United States government; regulations that are designed to keep us safe! Regulations that help keep our environment safe! Please click here for a short video and to learn more about TPP and why we need to oppose it!

INCIDENT RESPONSE FROM ANTHEM, BCBS.

AnthemAllClearIDIn light of the recent security breach, Anthem is working with AllClear ID, a leading and trusted identity protection provider, to offer 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services.

This protection is offered at no-cost to members covered by eligible plans. Please click here to learn more about AllClear.

UPDATE ON CYBER ATTACK OF ANTHEM, Inc.

bcbs logoMembers of Local 1996,

As many of you are aware from news coverage, Anthem, Inc., the parent company of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, was the victim of a cyber attack in which participant and beneficiary data may have been accessed. Anthem has advised us that information that may have been accessed includes names, birthdays, social security numbers, emails, phone numbers, and addresses. Anthem has not identified any medical information that has actually been obtained in the attack but it continues to investigate the matter. Please click here for more details about this incident.

Winter 2014 Local 1996 Newsletter

December Front Cover WebSite Med ResFor this  Holiday Season learn about the many ways we can shop Union Together. In this edition, find out how you can use a Union facility to make your tax deductible, charitable donations; find additional information on Open Enrollment and much more.  You can read the 2014 President’s perspective on Pg. 2.

Please click here for the Winter Edition Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

Summer 2014 Local 1996 Newsletter

Building Power–Our Past, Our Future

Sept 2014 Stewards’ Continuing Education and Open Enrollment are the highlights of this edition.

This year, Stewards learned the importance of Building Union Power. Representatives for all industries gather to learn from each other. We heard from President Lomax about the effects that politics have on our daily lives.  Our Secretary-Treasurer discusses the importance of Open Enrollment for Health Insurance.

 

A VOICE FOR WORKING AMERICA

Rick BrownThe United Food and Commercial Workers Union is North America’s largest and strongest private sector union. The UFCW is made up of 1.3 million members–people working together to improve their lives and their future. UFCW members are employed in many different industries, but concentrated in retail food, meatpacking, poultry, and other food processing industries.

Whenever American families sit down to share a meal, chances are most of what they’ll eat has passed through the hands of the more than one million UFCW members who work in these industries. Thousands of other UFCW members work in the health care industry, for insurance companies, in department stores, and in the garment manufacturing, distillery and winery, chemical, and textile trades.

The UFCW is run by its members, who elect their local union officers, help negotiate contracts and resolve grievances, organize other workers in UFCW represented trades, and work to improve their communities.

 

OUR MEMBERS

Local 1996 members at CapitalOur members work in a variety of industries; these include retail grocery stores, meat packing houses, food processing and packaging plants, garment plants, poultry processing plants, healthcare facilities, nursing home facilities, and military bases.