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ASPTEA Now has Aflac
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ASPTEA members can now sign up for Aflac at discount Rates! 

For More Information on the Plans see the Video's below..

Cancer Care Plan

Accident Indemnity Advantage Plan

Hospital Advantage Plan

Dental Plan

Critical Care and Recovery Plan

Vision Now Plan

 

 
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Las Vegas Two Night Stay

Date:               Friday  Nov  10 , 2017 - November 12, 2017
Pick up time:    7:15 AM. – 7:45  PM. (or later if necessary)


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Mike Cusimano 2017 Education Award Winners

Kennedy Cuspard      - Diana Cuspard member  - PWD

Spencer Sandvig        - David Sandvig member  - PDD

Mikhael Evangelista   - Jean Evangelista             - Aviation

Christian Quezada      - Tammy Quezada             - Police Communications


 

To get current Updates fill in CV2014011778 or CV2012010330 in case number Brodman and date range to get documents at the below Link.

 

Courts

On 12/21/2016  ASPTEA and our AFSCME partners participated in a mediation with the City of Phoenix in the hopes of settling both the sick and vacation leave snapshot lawsuits.  While the details of the mediation are confidential under Arizona law, the outcome was nothing.  No agreement, no settlement, nothing.  Despite two separate rulings from the Arizona Supreme Court (Fields and Hall) affirming the constitutional prohibition against impairing and diminishing pensions and a Superior Court ruling in our favor on the Sick Leave case, the City continues to refuse to settle and instead opts to spend more and more taxpayer dollars on outside attorneys to fight a decision that their own consultants and their self appointed citizen committee would not recommend.  As you might be able to tell, I am disappointed in this reckless abuse of tax dollars and refusal to honor promises employees have spent careers depending on.  Regardless of today’s outcome, be confident that we will not waver from our commitment to either force the City to honor their promises or take this case to the end.

 

 

FLSA and Prop 206 updates:

The changes to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) provisions that determine Exempt and Hourly employee status were scheduled to take affect mid-December.  These have been placed on hold due to an injunction granted by a Texas court.  For ASPTEA, this would have created pay increases for 17 employees so that the City could continue to maintain their Exempt (salaried) status and avoid paying overtime.  The affected employees are primarily in the Parks Department where it is not uncommon to work 60+ hours per week, including weekends while at the lowest Exempt pay grade in the City.  

 

Prop 206:  On November 8th, 2016, Arizona voters passed the “Minimum Wage” proposition 58% to 42%.  The title of this proposition is a little incomplete, also contained in this ballot measure were provisions to provide part-time workers with paid time off and a prohibition from disciplining employees for using their accrued, paid sick time.  Despite a 16% margin of victory, a lawsuit and request for an injunction to prevent any aspect of this proposition from being enacted was filed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and several other entities.  Today, Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley denied the request.  Read more here. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2016/12/21/judge-refuses-halt-arizona-minimum-wage-hike/95714896/

 

While this ballot measure, when enacted, will certainly force the City to rethink many of its attendance policies, this fight is probably far from over.

 

 

 

Once again I would to thank everyone who has supported ASPTEA by donating their personal vacation time so that we could continue to advocate and represent our members.  Your contributions made it possible to eliminate concessions during the term of this contract as well as advance our DCP to 6.23% in 2018.  

 

The ASPTEA Board of Directors, by unanimous decision, decided to return all unused donated time to those members who sacrificed on our behalf.  The last donation was returned in full at the beginning of this month.  The remaining time, from all previous donations, will be pro-rated and returned to those who donated on the February 3rd paycheck.  Thanks again for all your support!

 

 
Negotiations Update
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ASPTEA concluded negotiations, agreeing to a 3 year MOA with a 4.2% economic restoral as well as over 40 non-economic changes to our contract and additional association/management agenda items.


I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank the ASPTEA Executive Board: Colleen Ostrander, David Nieto, Beth Benning, Joe Niles, Donna May, Ron Ramirez and Lisa Huggins-Hubbard for all of their hard work as well as all of you for your support during this very trying and ultimately successful negotiation.



While on July 1, 2018, we will only return to where we were in 2010, there is still a possibility that the February 2018 trigger will be hit.  Either way, this is the best package we have seen in a very long time.  In addition, we have secured or will begin discussion on several employee rights that will improve working conditions, job security and the health and welfare of us all.



So thanks again for entrusting us with the opportunity to negotiate your contract.

Jason

Membership Update
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The following information was sent out to the retiree group. Thanks to the relentless efforts of ASPTEA, our labor partners and the calls and e-mails from our retirees, the City has decided to reverse their decision to put the pre-medicare retirees on the Towers-Watson OneExchange. One more victory and further proof of the benefits of membership!



We heard you. We care. The City’s coverage is back.  Representatives from COPRA and the Health Care Task Force advocated to give non-Medicare retirees and family members the option to return to City retiree coverage.


You can continue your City retiree medical coverage in 2016 by contacting the City’s Benefits Office at (602) 262-4777 or benefits.questions@phoenix.gov. Premiums will be deducted from pension checks.

Non-Medicare public safety retirees will have the State Subsidy applied to their monthly premium.


Why did the City change its mind?


The healthcare marketplace changed a lot for 2016. When compared to 2015, there are fewer plans with lower levels of coverage at a higher cost. These changes could not be predicted when the decision was made to transition retiree coverage to OneExchange. We now know the marketplace can’t provide a comparable level of cost or coverage for City retirees.



What about Medicare eligible retirees and family members?


Medicare eligible retirees and family members have had a better experience finding comparable medical coverage and premium costs running an average of $235 per month.



What about dental coverage?


Dental coverage will be available again no later than June 1, 2016.



How Do I Cancel My Individual Medical Plan?


If you are enrolled in an individual plan that begins January 1, 2016 and you wish to cancel it, contact your insurance carrier directly to cancel the policy and request a premium refund. Do this before January 1st.



Open Enrollment


A mid-year Open Enrollment will occur in April 2016. Look for an Open Enrollment booklet in the mail.

Please see the reverse side of this postcard for important information about your City of Phoenix retiree medical coverage.


We know you’ll have questions about this news. Please look for a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in the mail soon or find them online today at employee.phoenix.gov/benefits.


You received this postcard because:

1) You are enrolled in City retiree medical coverage today [Cigna HMO, BCBS PPO or BCBS Savers Choice High Deductible Plan], and

2) You and/or your spouse or domestic partner are not Medicare eligible."