On August 28 & 29 the Health & Welfare Subcommittee of the Unity Bargaining team met with the employers to have further discussions on merging the Union’s two different health & welfare trust plans, the Portland Area Employers Health Trust (PAC) and the Joint Labor Management Retail Trust (JLMRT).
The Union Subcommittee had previously suggested a plan that would restore benefits for those currently under the JLMRT plan to the PAC level of benefits with some increased benefits in plan design and increased contributions from the employers. The employers countered on August 28th with a proposal that would significantly alter and reduce what you currently receive for health & welfare benefits.
This suggestion for a merged plan comes on the heels of the employer’s draconian proposals made in bargaining three weeks earlier to eliminate the 5 day work week. Not only do the employers want to be able to work you up to 7 days per week, scheduling you as little as 28 hours in the entire week and giving you no days off, they now want to reduce the health & welfare benefits that you and your family depend upon. More information will be provided on the impact to you of the employers proposal after it has been further evaluated.
Additional dates have been scheduled the health & welfare subcommittee to meet with the employers on October 8th & 9th where discussions will continue for your new contract.