The Clark County Commission’s anti-union resolutions appear to have disappeared after hundreds of union members attended county meetings. On April 7, 2015 UFCW members joined other union members in packing the County Commission chamber, and as of April 22, 2015, the commissioners have backed away from supporting the anti-union resolutions that would polarize workers in the county. Thank you to the members who took time to help by attending the hearing, and thank you Lorraine Engle for organizing the labor response.
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Last night, the Clark County Commission held open public testimony for county issues, including two anti-worker resolutions aimed at gutting the strength of Clark County’s public sector unions, public employee’s contracts, and making bargaining future contracts much more difficult. Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson testified at the hearing, saying how disappointed he was that this was even an issue in consideration by the commission.
UFCW Local 555 was there in force to support our public sector brothers and sisters. Amanda Anderson, a member from Kaiser Permanente, said she “was here to support our Union Brothers and Sisters in the ongoing struggle for workers’ rights.” The hearing room was packed to the point of standing room only with union members from locals in all work sectors. Local 555 will continue to fight alongside other unions against all anti-workers resolutions and ballot initiatives in Clark County, and all of UFCW 555’s jurisdiction.
The 2013 collective bargaining agreement governing the UFCW Local 555 – Employers Health Trust provided for dental plan improvement in 2015, but only if the plan was in good enough financial shape to withstand the extra costs associated with the improvement. The good news is that the plan is in good enough shape that we can improve the benefits. The great news is that the improvements are significant and already in place.
Your dentist probably doesn’t know about the changes yet, so it makes sense for you to keep an eye on your next few bills. Even though the changes were approved in early March, the changes were effective January 1, 2015, so if you have had dental work in 2015 the new rates apply.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the UFCW Local 555 – Employers Health Trust at 800-654-4411.
UFCW LOCAL 555-EMPLOYERS HEALTH TRUST
INCREASE IN ALLOWANCE TO SELECT DENTAL PROCEDURES
|Procedure||Old Allowance||New Allowance|
|Initial Oral exam||$29.60||$41.00|
|bitewings 1 films||11.20||15.00|
|bitewings 2 films||18.40||25.00|
|bitewings 3 films||33.60||41.00|
|bitewings 4 films||33.60||41.00|
|amalgam – 1 surface permanent||48.80||103.00|
|amalgam – 2 surface permanent||56.00||121.00|
|amalgam – 3 surface permanent||68.00||168.00|
|amalgam – 4+ surface permanent||124.00||288.00|
|1 surface anterior comp||58.40||103.00|
|2 surface anterior comp||76.80||121.00|
|3 surface anterior comp||114.40||168.00|
|4 + surface anterior comp||128.00||288.00|
|1 surface posterior – primary||58.40||103.00|
|2 surface posterior – primary||76.80||121.00|
|1 surface posterior – permanent||58.40||103.00|
|1 surface posterior comp||58.40||103.00|
|2 surface posterior comp||76.80||121.00|
|3 surface posterior comp||114.00||168.00|
|Crown – Resin With High Noble Metal||440.00||595.00|
|Crown – Resin With Predominantly Base Metal||440.00||595.00|
|Crown – Resin With Noble Metal||440.00||595.00|
|Crown – Porcelain/Ceramic Substrate||440.00||595.00|
|PFM w/noble metal||448.00||595.00|
|Crown – Porcelain Fused To Predominantly Base Metal||448.00||595.00|
|Crown – Porcelain Fused To Noble Metal||448.00||595.00|
|Crown – 3/4 Cast High Noble Metal||448.00||595.00|
|Crown – 3/4 Porcelain/Ceramic||448.00||595.00|
|Crown – Full Cast High Noble Metal||496.80||595.00|
|Crown – Full Cast Predominantly Base Metal||440.00||595.00|
|Crown – Full Cast Noble Metal||431.20||595.00|
|Retreatment Of Previous Root Canal Therapy – Anterior||317.60||425.00|
|Retreatment Of Previous Root Canal Therapy – Bicuspid||380.00||503.00|
|Retreatment Of Previous Root Canal Therapy – Molar||460.00||582.00|
|Pontic – Cast High Noble Metal||439.20||595.00|
|Pontic – Cast Predominantly Base Metal||439.20||595.00|
|Pontic – Cast Noble Metal||439.20||595.00|
|Pontic – Porcelain Fused To High Noble Metal||439.20||595.00|
|Pontic – Porcelain Fused To Predominantly Base Metal||416.00||595.00|
|Pontic – Porcelain Fused To Noble Metal||439.20||595.00|
|Pontic – Resin With High Noble Metal||408.00||595.00|
|Pontic – Resin With Predominantly Base Metal||408.00||595.00|
|Pontic – Resin With Noble Metal||408.00||595.00|
|Crown – Resin With High Noble Metal||448.00||595.00|
|Crown – Resin With Predominantly Base Metal||420.00||595.00|
|Crown – Porcelain Fused To High Noble Metal||439.20||595.00|
|Crown – 3/4 Cast High Noble Metal||420.00||595.00|
|Crown – Full Cast High Noble Metal||424.00||595.00|
|Crown – Full Cast Predominantly Base Metal||396.00||595.00|
|Crown – Full Cast Noble Metal||396.00||595.00|
|soft tissue ext||107.20||185.00|
|Removal Of Impacted Tooth – Partially Bony||158.20||236.00|
|Removal Of Impacted Tooth – Completely Bony||213.60||291.40|
|Removal Of Impacted Tooth – Completely Bony, With Unusual Surgical Complications||238.40||316.20|
|Surgical Removal Of Residual Tooth Roots||158.40||236.20|
Washington State passed a law called “Home Rule” that gives communities the right to pass local laws on an expanded variety of subjects. Unfortunately, Clark County politicians are using this opportunity to pass laws that weaken public sector unions.
On April 7, 2015, the Clark County Commission will take up two anti-worker resolutions aimed at gutting the strength of Clark County’s public sector unions, public employee’s contracts, and making bargaining future contracts much more difficult. The meeting on April 7th at 6 pm, will be held at 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA on the 6th floor.
It is important that we show solidarity with our Public Sector Union Brothers and Sisters. If you are able to attend this hearing to show solidarity, please contact your Union Representative by calling the union office at 1-800-452-8329.
In January, community and labor groups representing thousands of Oregonians from across the state came together to form Fair Shot for All, a broad coalition supporting solutions to create economic opportunity for Oregon’s working families.
The Fair Shot Solutions include:
- Raise the Minimum Wage (SB 610)
- Paid Sick Days (HB 2005, SB 454)
- A Secure Way to Save for the Future (HB 2960, SB 615)
- A Second Chance for Every Oregonian (HB 3025)
- End Profiling (HB 2001, 2002, 2003)
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen real progress on each of the Fair Shot priorities. Paid Sick Days Retirement Security, and Fair Chance legislation have all had hearings in Salem, and more hearings are scheduled for legislation to End Profiling and Raise the Minimum Wage.
While we’ve had a strong start, we recognize that our efforts to fix the state’s economy and create real opportunity for every Oregonian won’t happen overnight.
Luckily, the economic data and evidence is on our side. We know we can strengthen the state’s economy by making families and small businesses more stable. Oregon’s future will only be bright if the people who live and work here are on solid financial footing. By providing more working families with a living wage, paid sick days, and access to a retirement savings plan, we can help our communities thrive.
Research from the Labor Center at UC-Berkeley and others shows that putting more money in the pockets of consumers powers our local economy and will help small businesses grow. These studies found that the costs of minimum wage increases are absorbed through reduced worker turnover and improved worker performance.
And the evidence shows that existing paid sick days laws are good for business and good for the economy. Three states and 17 cities have now passed paid sick days laws, including Portland and Eugene. San Francisco, the first city to implement paid sick days, experienced few problems with its policy and its economy grew faster than those of surrounding cities once paid sick days were in place. Keeping more pay in the pockets of consumers powers our local economy and helps small businesses grow.
This movement isn’t limited to Oregon – we’re backing similar solutions in Washington to make the entire Pacific Northwest is an even better place to live, work and raise a family for all of us. Bills to raise the minimum wage and require that employers provide paid sick leave have passed the house but are in a tougher climate in the Republican-controlled Senate.
For more information about the Fair Shot for All coalition and how you can help support the effort, visit www. fairshotoregon.org.
Earned Sick Days
The bill passed out of the Senate Health Committee on a party-line vote; it now goes to the Ways and Means Committee for fiscal costing. Interestingly, those opposed tried to amend the bill to exclude part-time workers and agricultural workers. These attempts failed and the final bill, with labor endorsed amendments, passed on a three to two person vote. We appreciate the great work by Senator Dembrow on shepherding this bill through the committee. We anticipate the Oregon House will now take up the same legislation sometime next week.
Our bill to add two Pharmacy Technicians to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, creating a nine member board, won the support of the Senate Health Committee on a four to one person vote. Senator Tim Knopp from Bend was the only opposition. The bill is not supported by the Chair of the Board of Pharmacy, but enjoys support from the Governor’s Office as well as the House and Senate Leadership. The bill will go to the Senate floor next Tuesday.
Local 555 is working hard improve your access to your healthcare and your healthcare plan information. We’re exploring new technology and would like to know a little about how you access your healthcare plan. The survey below has only 12 questions and should take just a few minutes. It would be extremely helpful if you could answer them. The changes we are looking to make may even lower healthcare costs as we move forward.
A big thank you to the members who attended Lobby Day in Salem yesterday. Thanks to your efforts, we are closer than ever before to making sick pay available for workers in Oregon on the very first day someone is sick. We also made great strides in putting not one, but two pharmacy technicians on the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. This would give UFCW pharmacy techs more of a voice on the job than ever before. You can click the link below for a copy of the full legislative agenda. The next Lobby Day in Oregon is May 12th. We are also working with our sister locals for a lobby day in Washington State, with the date to be determined. If you are interested in attending either event, please contact your Union Representative.
This week in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker signed an anti-worker bill designed to lower wages and benefits for working families. Last month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made the same proposal. Across the country, anti-worker groups funded by the Koch Brothers and others are filing dozens of lawsuits and proposing dozens of bills, all designed to increase corporate profits, and cut wages and benefits for workers.
Yesterday, these national attacks came to our own backyard. With two new anti-worker ballot measures filed, corporate interests are now pushing their anti-worker agenda here in Oregon. Unfortunately, these attacks are not new: For years, anti-worker stalwarts like Bill Sizemore have attacked Oregon workers.
These attacks are not unique to Oregon. Washington will continue to face anti-worker ballot initiatives and UFCW Local 555 will continue to work with our partners in Washington to combat the Koch Brothers and their cronies from undermining workers’ rights in the Evergreen State as well.
We know that these policies are corporate attacks on working people, so they can cut our jobs, our wages, and our benefits. You’ve heard about this before, but now they’re back and we need your help more than ever to sound the alarm for your friends and family.
Here at UFCW Local 555, we’re joining workers across the state to stop this attack against every day Oregonians. We can’t defeat these attacks without your help.
We need the ability for workers to come together now more than ever, to protect our wages and benefits and to fight for all working people. Join us as we stand up for our families and against the agenda of these large corporate interests. Join us to keep Oregon working.
Thanks for your support,
UFCW President, Local 555