Monday, October 06, 2014
To: All Members of Local 50 at Dominion
From: Brad Stevens, President-Business Manager
Subject: Dominion Benefits Open Enrollment/Long Term Disability Plan/Local 50 Web Site
Brothers and Sisters,
I am taking this opportunity to write to you for the purpose of providing information that you may find helpful in making your benefit selections during this open enrollment period. By now you should have received information from Dominion about the plans available. You should have also recently received a communication from Dominion that appeared to heavily favor Medical Option A.
During our 2013 contract negotiations we were able to retain the Option E plan that the vast majority of our members have enjoyed for a number of years, with some modification. During the negotiations our benefits professionals analyzed all plans and, once again, determined that Option E is overall the best choice.
Over the course of the past few years, a number of our members have chosen options with lower premiums than Option E. Some who have done so have reported to us that the options chosen did not provide a good or economical level of coverage in cases of serious injury or illness, or in the case of certain types or levels of medication. Obviously, the option that you choose is a personal decision. Please look carefully at the different levels of coverage and make an informed choice.
Long Term Disability
Young or old, accidents and illness can occur unexpectedly. In the unfortunate event you find yourself in need of this coverage it would be advisable to have the maximum amount of coverage available. As you know, following our last negotiations Dominion began offering the coverage, at the 50% level, at no cost to our members. You have the option to increase the coverage to 65% during open enrollment. The cost of the additional 15% coverage is minimal, and I urge you to give serious consideration to adding it.
A large number of our members have signed up on our web site (ibew50.org). The site is a valuable resource for information. The information contained in this letter was sent out in an email to those signed up on Monday, October 6. There was also a text blast sent out to alert members to read the email and inform them about this letter being mailed. This is but one example of information provided through the site. If you have not yet done so, please sign up to obtain access to the information provided on the site.