Brothers and Sisters,
First, I would like to update everyone on the pension lawsuit. In October the state’s attorneys petitioned the court for a jury trial as of today the judge has not come back with a ruling on that issue. Also the next scheduled hearing date is Dec 2nd. As far as talks of renewed efforts to settle the lawsuit there is certainly no shortage of discussion from newly elected state leaders on there desire to attempt to resolve the lawsuit. I believe it has been our position from the beginning that we are always willing to “go to the table” in an effort to improve upon the retirement system we currently are enrolled in. If that can’t be accomplished we continue on through the court system. It is important to remember RI Council 94 was among the first Unions in RI to file suit over changes enacted by the GA from the beginning, each and every time changes were made our Union responded with litigation. I remain proud of that fact!
I would also like to congratulate the winners of the Thanksgiving raffle and remind everyone the annual Christmas cash raffle will take place at the December membership meeting on 12/9/2014.
Also at the November membership meeting reps from Colonial insurance gave a presentation and announced a new program available to Local 528 members temporary disability insurance as well as life insurance. More info on how you can look into this will be forthcoming.
The “special open enrollment” for the FSA card will take place in December as well. From 12/1-12/2 you will be able to sign up for FSA card if you have not yet done so. On December 2nd from 9AM-2PM reps from Personnel will be available to help sign up in the Senate Chambers 3rd floor Memorial Union.
A reminder; we continue to collect non-perishable food items as well as winter clothing right through the 1st of the year. Any help you can provide in this effort is appreciated. You can drop off items at the Union Office, with each of the HRL Superintendents or in the Physical Plant Custodial Office. Thank you in advance for your support!
FSA OPEN ENROLLMENT 12/1-12/2/2014
MEMBERSHIP MEETING 12/9/2014 @11:30AM MU BALLROOM
NEW HEALTH CARE TERMS EFFECTIVE DATE 1/1/2015
*ANNUAL LOCAL 528 FOOD/ WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE 11/1/2014- 12/31/2014