I am honored to have recently been named to the board of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The IFEBP is a leading trustee educational organization that works with trustees from all over the US and Canada…in their own words, “a leading objective source of relevant employee benefit education and information.” We haven’t had a Labor member from the Northwest on this board for many, many years, so it is a great responsibility.
As you’ll see if you go to www.ifebp.org, the International Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (including me!) consisting of labor trustees, management trustees, and benefit plan administrators of both multi- and single employer/employee benefit plans in both the United States and Canada. A group of Advisory Directors are comprised of professional advisors to employee benefit plans such as accountants, actuaries, attorneys, consultants, and investment advisors. The Executive Committee oversees the progress of projects and serves as the main conduit in channeling proposals for Board consideration.
This is a wonderful opportunity to not only get insight into the range of benefit plan options, but to help effect change and make a real difference on a national level. I’ll keep you apprised of what I learn and ways in which we can therefore further positively affect our already impressive benefits packages.
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW 555