Archives October 2020

Get Help From Hantz Group On Financial Decisions

Local 223 has partnered with the Hantz Group to help prepare our active and retired members in making educated life decisions. With everything, we are forced to endure, (the pandemic and civil unrest) we need professionals we can trust to work in our best interests. Local 223 has vetted the Hantz Group and feel they offer solutions to many of the problems we face in our lives. Visit this link and take a few minutes to watch the presentation, to see if there is anything that can help you.

Services provided 

  • Financial planning 
  • Tax preparation 
  • Tax strategies 
  • Retirement planning 
  • Full financial services 
  • Home, auto and life insurance 
  • Annuities

Contact Amanda Wright at Hantz Group for more information:

Complete AFLAC Enrollment Paperwork By Oct. 26

Great News – Short Term Disability Has Been Approved For All Local 223 Members!

AFLAC is different from your major medical insurance. It is insurance for daily living and pays cash to the policy holder unless otherwise assigned to use as they see fit.

Products available –

  •  Short term disability 
  • Guaranteed issued life 
  • Lump sum critical illness 
  • Accident indemnity 
  • Hospital confinement

New enrollment process – Self enroll online at www.local223aflbenefits.com

Schedule an appointment time —

Jerry Maisano
586-238-2854 (office)
586-246-4738 (cell)
jerome_maisano@us.aflac.com

Kim McNulty-Maisano
586-238-2854 (office)
248-672-6104 (cell)
kimbereley_mcnulty@us.aflac.com

Open Enrollment For Healthcare Benefits Runs Through Oct. 30

Open enrollment for healthcare benefits for Local 223 members runs through October 30.

Here are few things to consider as you choose your benefits for the coming year. Staying on top of your health will help to make sure you are there for your family and can save you a lot of money.

Healthy Living Requirements (HLR) – these requirements have been cancelled for 2020, which means no physicals are required in 2020 and no surcharge for anyone in 2021.

Although the requirements have been waived due to COVID-19, we encourage all employees and spouses to schedule your medical physicals and to complete the assessment so you stay on top of your health.

Be careful which plan you select:

  • A brief summary of the plans are in the 2017-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement but a complete Summary Plan Description is available online through YBR or request it by calling 866.899.4383 (this is a dedicated number for DTE employees).
  • Make sure your primary care physician is part of the network if you are changing plans or you are making a first time plan selection.
  • Be aware of the out of pocket costs because they are different if you choose an HMO over a PPO.
  • Look to see whether the plan you are selecting is widely accepted in the region which you live.
  • If you are unsure, seek help. Your Benefits Resources (YBR) can answer a lot of questions and help with your enrollment.
  • Select a plan according to your family size. If your family size has changed, such as a child reaching age 26, be careful that you do not select a plan for too many individuals or too few.
  • Even though you do not think you will get sick and wish to opt out for a few extra dollars, this could cost you thousands. There have been cases where employees did opt out and it resulted in thousands of dollars being owed to health care providers.

Carefully plan for amounts to add to dependent care and flexible spending accounts:

  • Be sure to consider the amounts you choose to put into dependent care and flexible spending accounts.
  • During the pandemic we cannot predict your personal need(s) for either type of account so take time to carefully consider your need(s) because any unused funds may be forfeited.

Local 223 is here to help you. If you are unsure, we can help to direct you to the proper person to get answers. We are not health care professionals but we know how to get help for our members. If you do need to change your elections after Open Enrollment closes, please contact the Local for help.

It’s time to choose your 2021 healthcare coverage

  • Consider your needs
  • Review your options at ybr.com/dteenergy
  • Change or confirm your DTE Energy benefits for 2021 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 30, 2020.

Your needs change from year to year. That’s why it is important to take action to ensure you have the right coverage!

The Only Thing Scary About Halloween Should be the Costumes

COVID-19 Halloween recommendations 

“The way we celebrate Halloween in Michigan will be different this year due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “However, there are still many ways to celebrate safely. The guidance MDHHS issued today provides tips for trick-or-treaters and their parents along with homeowners who wish to hand out treats.”

Tips for all groups include staying home if you are sick; maintaining social distancing of at least six feet; wearing a cloth mask that covers both the mouth and nose; and washing hands often or frequently using hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently issued recommendations and considers trick-or-treating a high-risk activity. The CDC offers alternative activities to consider as well as safety tips if parents and children choose to trick-or-treat.

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Register to vote before Election Day

2020 has been an unpredictable year, so don’t waste any time making sure you’re registered—and registering to vote if you aren’t.

You can also register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day online by following the link below:

REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE

Michigan residents are eligible to register to vote if they are:

  • A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison

Missed the deadline to register online? Michigan residents can register to vote through Election Day, November 3rd by visiting a clerk’s office. Learn more about registering and casting your ballot by visiting the Michigan Department of State step-by-step guide online by clicking here.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Find out by visiting the Michigan Department of State’s website here.

Need to contact your clerk? Find your clerk by filling out the Michigan Department of State’s voter information form here.

Helping others who are impacted by COVID-19

The global health crisis of COVID-19 has created an unprecedented amount of need for many of our neighbors, family members and friends across our city, region and state. Some people are not able to work, or have had a loved one pass away from this disease and are finding it difficult to make ends meet. Local 223 UWUA always rises to the occasion to help others since part of our mission is to create a more just and secure workplace and society.  

Local 223 UWUA encourages members to consider finding a way to give back during these difficult times to those who need it most. Below are some organizations around the region who are doing their part to help the most vulnerable in our society. Please consider volunteering to help or making a donation.

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Participate in the AFL-CIO Day of Action on Oct. 3

The road to the White House runs straight through Michigan.

This election year, you have more options than ever for making your voice heard. Whether it’s voting by mail, early voting or casting your ballot at your polling place on Election Day, make your plan to vote today! Find out more at www.IWillVote.com/MI.

Join the Michigan AFL-CIO for a day of action Saturday, October 3rd at 2p.m. for our union family. We’ll hear from a special guest speaker, then go through a quick training together before we hit the phones to talk to our brothers & sisters about returning their absentee ballots! Sign up here.

We hope you’ll make your voting plan and please consider joining us October 3rd. This election is too important to sit on the sidelines!

We need to fight for issues that are important to us – economic justice in the workplace and social justice in communities across Michigan. This means union members and their families need to turn out to vote on November 3, 2020. Join brothers and sisters across Michigan in volunteering to support pro-labor candidates up and down the ballot this year. Visit https://miaflcio.vote/volunteer/  to find out more.

Message from EVP Patrick Dillon – We Need You!

We need you! The Michigan AFL-CIO needs your help this week in support of the election and is seeking volunteers to be poll watchers and poll workers. If you’re interested or would like more information, sign up here.

Additionally, join your brothers and sisters across Michigan in volunteering to support pro-labor candidates up and down the ballot by participating in a virtual member-to-member phone bank. You can sign up here to participate. Remote phone banks are being held 5 days a week, with trainings 3 times a day. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection and your phone.  

Our union values are on the ballot this year, and it’s never been more important for us to make our voices heard. Please consider volunteering some of your time in the coming weeks so we can send a clear message at the ballot box that working families’ values matter.

In solidarity,

Patrick M. Dillon
Executive Vice President
Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO


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