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February - 1199SEIU Funds
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds
330 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036-6977
Address Service Requested
Non-Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
PAID
New York, NY
Permit No. 3700
The Retiree Services Center Window
– New Hours
The Retiree Services Center has changed its walk-up window service hours.
The Services Center, located at 330 West 42nd Street, 10th Floor, will now be
open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Get Free Tax Preparation Help
The AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Program is available for free to taxpayers
with low and moderate income, especially for those who are 60 and older.
Go to www.AARP.org, enter “Tax-Aide” in the search box and then choose
the selection that shows a tax preparation site near you.
Sign Up for “Seniors Out Speaking”
Important Benefit Notices
Inside This Issue
Avisos Importantes sobre
Beneficios en este Numero
Questions: Call (646) 473-8666
Outside NYC: (800) 892-2557
Join other 1199SEIU retirees to become a volunteer in the Medicare Rights
Center’s “Seniors Out Speaking” (SOS) program. SOS program volunteers
work within their community to educate other seniors about how to get the
most from their Medicare benefits.
To volunteer: Our 1199SEIU SOS volunteers meet the first Thursday of
each month. Call (646) 473-6916 for more details.
Calling All Retired LPNs
The Retired Members Department holds quarterly meetings to help LPNs
stay connected with each other and informed about the latest educational
and social issues affecting them. Join us every third Friday in March, June,
September and December – we hope you’ll get involved!
IMPORTANT NEWS
about chapter meetings and classes!
1199SEIU
Retired Members
Bulletin
February 2015
(646) 473-8666 • www.1199SEIUBenefits.org
A Message from the Executive Director
Un Mensaje de la Directora Ejecutiva
Dear Retired Members,
Estimados Miembros Jubilados,
As I am sure you know, 1199SEIU retirees are a fortunate – and
increasingly rare – group. At a time when fewer than one in five retirees
receives a pension from their employers, our Health Care Employees
Pension Fund, Greater New York Pension Fund and Home Care Pension
Fund continue to provide defined pension benefits to our retirees.
In 2014, your Union sat down with the employers in the League of
Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York to negotiate a new contract
that preserves the health and pension benefits of our National Benefit
and Pension Funds’ retirees, as well as those of our covered working
members. The Union is currently in negotiations with Greater New York
nursing home employers working toward the same goal, and in contracts
signed during the second half of 2014, home care employers committed
to continued participation in our now-merged Home Care Benefit Fund
– and 11 new employers have signed contracts, assuring more than
18,000 home care workers the rare protection of pension benefits.
Como seguramente saben, los jubilados de 1199SEIU componen un grupo
afortunado y cada vez más raro. En una época en la que menos de uno de cada
cinco jubilados recibe una pensión de sus empleadores, nuestros fondos: Fondo
de Pensiones para los Trabajadores de la Salud, Fondo de Pensiones del Gran
Nueva York y Fondo de Pensiones de Cuidados en el Hogar siguen ofreciendo
beneficios de pensión definidos para nuestros jubilados. En 2014, su Sindicato
se reunió con los empleadores en la Liga de Hogares y Hospitales Voluntarios
de Nueva York para negociar un nuevo contrato que conserve los beneficios de
salud y pensión de nuestros jubilados de los Fondos Nacionales de Beneficios
y Pensiones, así como los de nuestros miembros activos cubiertos. El Sindicato
está actualmente en negociaciones con los empleadores de casas de reposo
del Greater New York Fund, y en contratos firmados durante la segunda
mitad de 2014, los empleadores de casas de reposo se comprometieron a
seguir participando en nuestro Fondo de Beneficios de Cuidados en el Hogar
actualmente fusionado – y 11 nuevos empleadores han firmado contratos
para garantizar a más de 18,000 trabajadores de cuidados en el hogar la
poco frecuente protección de los beneficios de pensión.
Our Retired Members Department was equally busy in 2014, welcoming
more than 8,800 new retirees – an all-time high – bringing the number
of pensioners to more than 97,000. Last year, more than 50,000 of you
received supplemental health benefits through your Benefit Funds – again,
a benefit that fewer than one in five retirees nationwide enjoys. To keep
pace with your growing numbers, we are continually adding new activities
to help you remain active and stay connected to your fellow retirees. In
fact, close to 20,000 of you took advantage of the many classes, trips,
events and regular chapter meetings that the department offers.
Nuestro Departamento de Miembros Jubilados estuvo igualmente ocupado
en 2014, y le dio la bienvenida a más de 8,800 nuevos jubilados (un
máximo histórico) que eleva el número de pensionados a más de 97,000.
El año pasado, más de 50,000 de ustedes recibieron beneficios de salud
suplementarios a través de sus Fondos de Beneficios, lo cual, como ya dije,
es un beneficio del que disfrutan menos de uno de cada cinco jubilados de
todo el país. Para mantener el ritmo de las cifras de jubilados en aumento,
añadimos continuamente nuevas actividades que les ayudan a mantenerse
activos y conectados con sus colegas jubilados. De hecho, cerca de 20,000
de ustedes aprovecharon las numerosas clases, viajes, eventos y reuniones
de agrupaciones regulares que ofrece el departamento.
This past December, I was reminded once again of the unique vitality
of our retirees when I attended our Benefit and Pension Funds’ annual
Anne Shore Banquet in New York City, and was fortunate enough to
meet with many who remain so active and engaged in their communities.
I look forward to meeting more of you at the annual Florida Retiree
Banquet on March 6.
Este diciembre pasado, pude darme cuenta una vez más de la singular
vitalidad de nuestros jubilados cuando asistí a nuestro banquete anual Anne
Shore de los Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones en la Ciudad de Nueva York, y
tuve la suerte de conocer a muchos que se mantienen activos e involucrados
en sus comunidades. Estoy deseando encontrarme con más de ustedes en el
Banquete Anual de Jubilados de Florida el 6 de marzo.
I hope you will always remember that your Benefit and Pension Funds
are here to help you. If you ever have any questions about your health or
pension benefits, please don’t hesitate to call one of our Retiree Services
Representatives at (646) 473-8666 or (800) 892-2557.
Espero que siempre recuerden que sus Fondos de Beneficios y Pensiones
están a su entera disposición para ayudarles. Si tienen alguna pregunta sobre
sus beneficios de salud o de pensión, no duden en llamar a uno de nuestros
Representantes de Servicios a Jubilados al (646) 473-8666 o al (800) 892-2557.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
¡Mis mejores deseos de un feliz y saludable Año Nuevo!
Sincerely,
Atentamente,
This issue of the Retired Members Bulletin contains important
information about your rights under your benefit plan and the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which you should read and
retain for future reference.
Este número del Boletín para Miembros Jubilados contiene información
importante sobre sus derechos en virtud de su plan de beneficios y la Ley
para la Seguridad del Ingreso de Jubilación del Empleado (ERISA, por sus
siglas en inglés), que debe leer y conservar para consultarla en el futuro.
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February 2015
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President’s Message
Mensaje de la Presidenta
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,
With my first message of 2015, let me begin by wishing you and your
families a healthy and prosperous New Year, and adding that I hope
you all enjoyed a joyous holiday season. The New Year brings with it
a fresh chance to strengthen our resolve to remain 1199SEIU retirees
who are “Retired but Active.”
Con mi primer mensaje de 2015, déjenme comenzar deseándoles a
ustedes y sus familias un saludable y próspero Año Nuevo y añadir que
espero que todos ustedes hayan disfrutado de una feliz temporada
festiva. El Año Nuevo llega con una nueva oportunidad de fortalecer
nuestra determinación de que los jubilados de 1199SEIU sean “Jubilados
pero Activos”.
I was proud to see our commitment to staying active on full display
last fall when we helped get out the vote for the New York governor’s
race, as well as for several other important local elections across
all five boroughs. Our energy also couldn’t be missed at the annual
Anne Shore Banquet in December, when more than 1,200 retirees
celebrated at the New York Hilton. It was another event to remember
– with old friends reminiscing, laughing and dancing – and it was a
pleasure to catch up with so many of you.
El pasado otoño, me sentí orgullosa de ver que nuestro compromiso
de mantenernos activos goza de plena vitalidad, cuando ayudamos a
estimular el voto en las elecciones a gobernador de Nueva York, así
como otras elecciones locales importantes en los cinco distritos. Tampoco
faltó nuestra energía en el banquete anual Anne Shore en diciembre,
cuando más de 1,200 jubilados celebraron en el New York Hilton. Fue
otro evento para recordar, con viejos amigos, rememorando, riendo y
bailando, y fue un placer ponerse al día con muchos de ustedes.
Of course, as retired 1199SEIU members, we are very fortunate
and have much to celebrate. Not only do we receive quality
healthcare through our supplemental benefits, we also have
access to a variety of free classes held at our Fund Headquarters
in Manhattan and at our chapters in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens,
Staten Island, Long Island and White Plains. If you haven’t tried
one yet, there’s something for everyone, including quilting, sewing,
yoga, photography, tai chi, drama, dance and more. Remember
to save your bulletin or check the class schedules by visiting
www.1199SEIUBenefits.org.
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Por supuesto, como miembros jubilados de 1199SEIU, somos muy
afortunados y tenemos mucho que celebrar. No solo recibimos atención
de salud de calidad a través de nuestros beneficios suplementarios, sino
que también tenemos acceso a una amplia variedad de clases gratuitas
que se llevan a cabo en nuestra sede central del Fondo de Beneficios en
Manhattan y en nuestras agrupaciones de Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten
Island, Long Island y White Plains. Si no las han probado, hay para todos
los gustos, lo que incluye edredones, costura, yoga, fotografía, tai chi, artes
dramáticas, baile y mucho más. Recuerden guardar su boletín o consultar
el calendario de clases visitando www.1199SEIUBenefits.org.
Some of our sisters and brothers, however, cannot stay as active as
they would like because of health problems. I ask anyone who can
to please help us reach these retirees by attending your next chapter
meeting and speaking with the chair about getting involved. Your
monthly chapter meetings are also a great way to learn more about
our “Seniors Out Speaking” (SOS) initiative, which keeps our retired
members informed about their Medicare benefits and helps them stay
connected with other retirees.
Algunos de nuestros hermanos y hermanas, sin embargo, no pueden
mantenerse tan activos como desearían por problemas de salud. Les pido a
todos los que puedan que nos ayuden a llegar a estos jubilados asistiendo
a la próxima reunión de su agrupación y hablando con el presidente
sobre cómo pueden participar. Las reuniones mensuales de su agrupación
también son una forma excelente de conocer más sobre la iniciativa
“Ancianos que Expresan Opiniones” (Seniors Out Speaking, o SOS,
por sus siglas en inglés), que mantiene a nuestros miembros jubilados
informados de sus beneficios de Medicare y les ayuda a permanecer
conectados con otros jubilados.
I also ask anyone who has fallen behind on their dues to please
restart your contributions. Finally, let us also remember that February
is Black History Month, and in keeping with the spirit of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., let us continue to stay active and work to protect our
hard-earned benefits for the next generation of retirees.
También solicito a todos los que no estén al día que reinicien sus
contribuciones. Finalmente, permítanme recordar que febrero es el Mes
de la Historia Afroamericana y, manteniendo el espíritu del Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., sigamos manteniéndonos activos y trabajando para
proteger nuestros beneficios arduamente conseguidos para la próxima
generación de jubilados.
In solidarity,
Lena Hayes
En solidaridad,
Lena Hayes
February 2015
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ACTIVIST PAGE / PÁGINA DEL ACTIVISTA
A Message from / Un Mensaje de
GEORGE GRESHAM
PRESIDENT / PRESIDENTE, 1199SEIU UNITED HEALTHCARE WORKERS EAST
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,
The lives of healthcare workers are often satisfying and fulfilling, but they
are rarely easy. We are proud of the work we do. We could never struggle as
we constantly do if we did not have pride. Nothing – not our benefits, hours,
time off, wages or respect on the job – has been given to us. Everything we
have achieved as 1199SEIU members has come because we fought for it.
We have a long tradition, built over generations, of fighting for our patients,
our families and our communities.
Las vidas de los trabajadores de atención de la salud con frecuencia son satisfactorias
y gratificantes, pero rara vez sencillas. Nos sentimos orgullosos de lo que hacemos.
No podríamos esforzarnos como lo hacemos constantemente si no nos sintiésemos
orgullosos. Nada (ni nuestros beneficios, horarios, tiempo libre, salarios o respeto
en el trabajo) se nos ha regalado. Todo lo que hemos logrado como miembros de
1199SEIU lo hemos conseguido porque hemos luchado por ello. Tenemos una larga
tradición, forjada a lo largo de generaciones, de luchar por nuestros pacientes,
nuestras familias y nuestras comunidades.
The year 2014 has been no different. In Maryland, our 2,000 sisters and
brothers waged a successful three-day strike at Johns Hopkins Medical Center
– one of the world’s wealthiest hospitals but one that paid fast-food wages
to thousands of its caregivers. In the end, they won raises of up to 38 percent
for low-wage workers and a $15/hour base pay for veteran members.
El año 2014 no ha sido diferente. En Maryland, nuestros 2,000 hermanos y hermanas
realizaron una exitosa huelga de tres días en el Johns Hopkins Medical Center: uno
de los hospitales más solventes del mundo, pero también uno que paga salarios
precarios a miles de sus cuidadores. Al final, consiguieron aumentos de hasta un 38 por
ciento para los trabajadores de salarios bajos y una paga básica de $15/hora para los
miembros veteranos.
In downstate New York, our hospital employers unilaterally chose to reopen the
contract for nearly 100,000 workers. But 1199SEIU sisters and brothers mounted
a campaign of several months’ duration, saying, “We don’t want to strike, but we
will if we have to.” After weeks of negotiations, our members voted by over 90
percent to strike if necessary. The employers settled a new contract that preserved
the benefits of the old one and improved wages and organizing rights.
Al sur del estado de Nueva York, nuestros empleadores de hospital decidieron
unilateralmente reabrir el contrato de casi 100,000 trabajadores. Pero los hermanos
y hermanas de 1199SEIU realizaron una campaña de varios meses de duración para
decir: “No queremos ir a la huelga, pero lo haremos si no nos queda más remedio”.
Después de semanas de negociaciones, nuestros miembros votaron en más de un
90 por ciento a favor de ir a la huelga en caso de ser necesario. Los empleadores
establecieron un nuevo contrato que conserva los beneficios del viejo y mejora los
salarios y los derechos de organización.
And so it went: 1199ers were out in force to defend their families and their
patients. Our Union has always fought for justice for working people wherever
they are. We try to remain true to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of 1199 as
his favorite union. So we marched (and got arrested) in solidarity with North
Carolina’s great Moral Monday movement. We marched in Staten Island for
justice for Eric Garner, the victim of an illegal police chokehold. And we began
to seriously address perhaps the greatest threat to humanity – the crisis of a
changing climate. Get ready, because we’re only getting started.
Our 1199SEIU culture – building strength for bargaining, growing our Union,
advocating for our patients, our jobs and our families in the political arena
– achieves real gains in providing a secure future for our loved ones and for
working families everywhere.
We will confront serious challenges in the coming year. November’s election
results assure that we’ll face a worker-unfriendly Congress in Washington,
D.C., and hostile forces in most of our state houses. To continue to make
gains, we – all of us, whatever our political affiliation, faith, gender, color,
sexual preference or national origin – have to remain united, and to unite
with our partners in the labor movement and our communities. Solidarity
is required if we are to successfully defend our families against those who
would eliminate our hard-won gains and union protections, strip essential
funding for our healthcare system, deny us a livable wage and benefits,
destroy our public schools, militarize our local police, poison our air and our
water, and force our immigrant sisters and brothers into the shadows. The
challenges we’ll face are big, but we’ve faced bigger challenges before. We
look forward to working alongside you in 2015 for yet more victories.
Y así fueron las cosas: Los miembros de 1199 salieron en masa a defender a sus
familias y sus pacientes. Nuestro Sindicato siempre ha luchado porque haya justicia
para la gente trabajadora, donde sea que estén. Tratamos de mantenernos fieles a la
visión del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. que consideraba al 1199 su sindicato favorito. Por
eso hemos protestado (y hemos sido arrestados) en solidaridad con el gran movimiento
Lunes Moral (Moral Monday en inglés) de Carolina del Norte. Protestamos en Staten
Island para conseguir justicia para Eric Garner, víctima de una inmovilización ilegal
que resultó en asfixia por parte de la policía. Y comenzamos a abordar con seriedad
la que tal vez sea la mayor amenaza para la humanidad: la crisis del cambio climático.
Prepárense, porque solo estamos empezando.
Nuestra cultura en 1199SEIU, desarrollar nuestra fuerza para las negociaciones, hacer
crecer nuestro Sindicato, y defender a nuestros pacientes, nuestros trabajos y nuestras
familias en la esfera política, logra éxitos reales a la hora de ofrecer un futuro seguro
para nuestros seres queridos y las familias trabajadoras de todas partes.
Afrontaremos importantes desafíos en los próximos años. Los resultados de las elecciones
de noviembre garantizan que nos enfrentaremos a un Congreso poco amistoso con los
trabajadores en Washington, D.C. y fuerzas hostiles en la mayor parte de nuestras casas
de gobierno. Para seguir logrando éxitos tenemos que mantenernos unidos (todos
nosotros, sea cual sea nuestra afiliación política, fe, sexo, color, preferencia sexual u origen
nacional) y unirnos a nuestros socios en el movimiento obrero y a nuestras comunidades.
La solidaridad es necesaria para defender con éxito a nuestras familias frente a aquellos
que eliminarían nuestras conquistas logradas con gran esfuerzo y nuestras protecciones
sindicales, nos privarían del financiamiento esencial para nuestro sistema de atención de
la salud, nos negarían salarios y beneficios dignos, destruirían nuestros colegios públicos,
militarizarían nuestra policía local, envenenarían nuestro aire y nuestra agua, y forzarían
a nuestros hermanos y hermanas a vivir entre las sombras. Los desafíos que enfrentamos
son grandes, pero ya hemos afrontado desafíos mayores antes. Estamos deseosos de
trabajar con ustedes a lo largo de 2015 para conseguir aún más victorias.
In solidarity,
En solidaridad,
George Gresham
George Gresham
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February 2015
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FLORIDA RETIREES
Annual Florida Retiree Banquet – Friday, March 6, 2015
Great New Venue – Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center • 8701 World Center Drive • Orlando, FL 32821-6358
All reservations for the Friday, March 6, 2015, annual Florida Retiree Banquet at the Orlando World Center Marriott, 8701 World Center Drive, must be
purchased by Thursday, February 26, 2015. The cost is $10 per member; $20 per guest.
If you are paying by check, please make it payable to “1199SEIU Retirees.” If you are mailing in your reservation form with payment, you must include a
self-addressed stamped envelope in order to receive your ticket(s) and bus information. Mail payment to:
Marilyn Silverberg • 8775 Via Tuscany Drive • Boynton Beach, FL 33472
At the monthly chapter meetings, tickets can be purchased with a completed reservation form. Please be sure to complete the section on the chapter bus.
There is limited space on each bus; a seat must be reserved! If you are driving to the banquet, a parking fee of $10 per car will be charged.
The Orlando World Center Marriott has limited reservation space available for those who want to stay overnight. The cost is $159 per night. All reservations
will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at (888) 789-3090 or (407) 239-4200. All reservations must be accompanied by a
first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. Reservations must be made on or before Thursday, February 12, 2015. It is
your responsibility to make your own reservation!
For further information, contact:
Marilyn Silverberg, Florida Retiree Field Coordinator
[email protected]
Toll-free: (877) 369-8340 • In Palm Beach County: (561) 369-8340 • Fax: (561) 369-8342 • Cell: (561) 676-0724
8775 Via Tuscany Drive, Boynton Beach, FL 33472
Bus Schedule
Broward – Leon Davis Chapter
5:15 am – Board bus
Lowe’s parking lot
8050 West Oakland Park Blvd. • Sunrise, FL 33351
(park closest to North University Drive)
Palm Bay/Melbourne Chapter
6:45 am – Board bus
Palm Bay United Methodist Church
2100 Port Malabar Blvd., NE • Palm Bay, FL 32905
(park towards rear of main church parking lot)
Casselberry – Doris Turner Chapter
8:00 am – Board bus
St. Augustine Church
375 North Sunset Drive • Casselberry, FL 32707
(park on the Seminola Blvd. side)
Port St. Lucie Chapter
6:30 am – Board bus
Walmart Supercenter
10855 South US Highway 1 • Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
(enter at traffic light – south entrance – and park to the left)
Fort Meyers Chapter
5:15 am – Board bus
Bealls Shopping Plaza
1209 Homestead Road North • Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
(park in lower end)
South Palm Beach Chapter
5:15 am – Board bus
Temple Anshei Shalom
7099 West Atlantic Avenue • Delray Beach, FL 33446
(park in far rear parking area)
Miami-Dade – Ossie Davis Chapter
4:30 am – Board bus
18441 NW 2nd Avenue
Lincoln Building • Miami Gardens, FL 33169
(park in rear lot of building)
Tampa Chapter – Tampa (first stop)
7:00 am – Board bus
SunTrust Building (Union meeting site)
500 North West Shore Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33609
(park on 3rd level only and come down to street level for bus pickup;
bus will park on main lot – street level)
North Port Chapter
5:15 am – Board bus
Morgan Family Community Center
6207 West Price Blvd. • North Port, FL 34291
(located across from North Port High School)
Orlando Chapter
7:00 am – Board bus
UAW Local #788
1825 West Oak Ridge Road • Orlando, FL 32809
(park in rear lot of building on grassy area)
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Tampa Chapter – Brandon (second stop)
7:45 am – Board bus
Westfield Mall
459 Brandon Town Center • Brandon, FL 33511
(park on the southwest side of the mall between Sears and Macy’s)
West Palm Beach Chapter
5:15 am – Board bus
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
1063 North Haverhill Road • West Palm Beach, FL 33417
(park in rear parking lot away from church on Haverhill Road side)
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YADSENDEW
Yoga Classes
Retiree Chapter in Suffolk County
Classes are held four times each month, except where noted.*
Please check the calendar for exact dates.
There will be no Suffolk County chapter meetings in February or March.
The meetings will resume in April. Please check the March bulletin for a
date and time.
First Baptist Church of Riverhead
1018 Northville Turnpike • Riverhead, NY 11901
Bronx
Wednesdays, noon to 1:00 pm
1199SEIU Healthcare & Education Center
2501 Grand Concourse, Room 301
Brooklyn
Fridays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
25 Elm Place (off Fulton Street), Rooms 4 & 5
Hicksville
Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
100 Duffy Avenue, 3rd Floor
Manhattan Headquarters
Thursdays, 11:00 am to noon
Fridays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
330 West 42nd Street, 9th Floor
New Hyde Park*
Tuesday, February 17, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
*(one class per month)
North Shore-LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Teaching Center – Conference Room • 269-01 76th Avenue
Queens
Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Beginners’ class, Tuesdays, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
Devore Dance Center • 205-05 Hollis Avenue, Main Floor
Staten Island
Fridays, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds Office
790 Port Richmond Avenue (off Forest Avenue)
White Plains
Continuing Education Classes
Available
Retirees can keep up with the latest research, clinical trends and
emerging healthcare issues with the 1199SEIU/League Training
and Upgrading Fund’s Institute for Continuing Education
(ICE). ICE offers accredited continuing education seminars and
symposiums for social workers, dietitians, laboratory technologists,
LPNs and more. Through a special arrangement, the three- and sixhour courses are available to retirees and cost $15 per credit/hour.
Registration is required, and retirees who are interested
in finding out how to sign up must call (646) 473-6916 for
more information. Find a schedule of seminars and symposiums at
www.1199SEIUBenefits.org/Institute.
Explore an Age-Friendly
College Website
Age-Friendly NYC College Link is an online database that connects
older adults with educational and cultural opportunities at more than
40 New York City-area colleges and universities. On the website –
www.AgeFriendlyCollege.org – you can learn about programs for
the liberal and creative arts, computers and technology, business, job
skills, personal growth and more. Performances, lectures and physical
fitness activities are also offered. Check out this resource and see what
you can learn next!
New Sewing Teacher!
Wednesdays, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds
White Plains Office • 99 Church Street
We’ve made some exciting changes to our sewing class – starting with a
talented new instructor who also teaches at the Pratt Institute. Come join
us to learn new sewing techniques. The class meets on Thursdays from
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Fund Headquarters. Please check the calendar.
Chi Gong Classes
Knitting & Crocheting Classes
in Brooklyn
Learn this Chinese healing art that aims to increase the body’s healthy
energy. Participants perform simple movements, while both sitting
and standing, that are believed to benefit the immune, circulatory and
nervous systems. Classes are held four times each month in Brooklyn on
Mondays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and in the Bronx on Wednesdays
from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Check the calendar for exact dates.
Mat Yoga Comes to Staten Island!
We’re offering a new mat yoga class in Staten Island. Classes meet on
Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Please check the calendar.
The Brooklyn knitting & crocheting class is back! Please check the
calendar. Wednesdays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Please note: We are no longer offering sewing classes in Brooklyn.
Beginners’ Knitting & Crocheting
Classes on Tuesdays in Queens!
Please check the calendar for times.
To learn about trip and vacation offers, call (800) 552-6262, ext. 112 & (800) 431-1130, ext. 5537.
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QUESTIONS: CALL (646) 473-8666 • OUTSIDE NYC (800) 892-2557
NYC FEBRUARY CALENDAR
Classes are open to all retirees and free of charge.
MONDAY
2
10-11
10:30-11:30
12-1
1-3
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Opera Appreciation
Art History
Arts & Crafts (Staten Island)
Executive Committee
Meeting
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9:30-12
10-11
10:30-12
11-1
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Photography
Yoga* (Queens)
Drama
Beginners’ Knitting &
Crocheting (Queens)
11:15-12:15 Beginners’ Yoga (Queens)
12-3
Art
12:30-1:30 Shakespeare
1:30-3
Discussion Group
10-11
10-11
10-12
10-12
11-12
11:30-12:30
12-1
12:30-4:30
1-4
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2:30-3:30
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11:15-12:15 Beginners’ Yoga (Queens)
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1:30-3
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10-11
10-11
10-12
10-12
11-12
11:30-12:30
12-1
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1-2
1-4
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18
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Opera Appreciation
Art History
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9:30-12
10-11
10:30-12
11-1
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Yoga* (Queens)
Drama
Beginners’ Knitting &
Crocheting (Queens)
11:15-12:15 Beginners’ Yoga (Queens)
12-3
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1:30-3
Discussion Group
2-3
Yoga (New Hyde Park)
THURSDAY
10-11
11-12
12-1
1-3
3-5
3-5
Tai Chi
Yoga*
Lunch Club
General Membership
Meeting
Arts & Crafts
Sewing
Mat Yoga* (Staten Island)
Yoga* (Hicksville)
Choral Group
Knitting & Crocheting (Beg)
Dance (Hicksville)
Yoga* (White Plains)
Yoga* (Bronx)
Knitting & Crocheting (Int/Adv)
Bingo (White Plains)
Knitting & Crocheting (Brooklyn)
Chi Gong (Bronx)
10-11
11-12
12-1
3-5
3-5
25
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10-11
10:30-12
11-1
10-11
10-11
10-12
10-12
11-12
11:30-12:30
12-1
12:30-4:30
1-2
1-4
1:30-2:30
Mat Yoga* (Staten Island)
Yoga* (Hicksville)
Knitting & Crocheting (Beg)
Yoga* (White Plains)
Yoga* (Bronx)
Knitting & Crocheting (Int/Adv)
Bingo (White Plains)
Knitting & Crocheting (Brooklyn)
Chi Gong (Bronx)
10-11
11-12
12-1
1-3
3-5
3-5
10-11
11-12
12-1
2-3
3-5
3-5
10-11
10-11
10-12
1-2
2-3
FRIDAY
Yoga* (Brooklyn)
Yoga* (Staten Island)
Quilting
Dance
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10-11
10-11
10-12
1-2
2-3
Yoga* (Brooklyn)
Yoga* (Staten Island)
Quilting
Dance
Yoga*
20
Tai Chi
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Lunch Club
Birthday Party
Arts & Crafts
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26
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Yoga* (Hicksville)
Choral Group
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Dance (Hicksville)
Yoga* (White Plains)
Yoga* (Bronx)
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Bingo (White Plains)
Knitting & Crocheting (Brooklyn)
Chi Gong (Bronx)
6
13
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Yoga*
Lunch Club
Arts & Crafts
Sewing
19
10-11
10-11
10-12
11:30-12:30
12-1
12:30-4:30
1-2
1-4
1:30-2:30
24
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Yoga* (Queens)
Drama
Beginners’ Knitting &
Crocheting (Queens)
11:15-12:15 Beginners’ Yoga (Queens)
12-3
Art
12:30-1:30 Shakespeare
1:30-3
Discussion Group
Mat Yoga* (Staten Island)
Yoga* (Hicksville)
Choral Group
Knitting & Crocheting (Beg)
Dance (Hicksville)
Yoga* (White Plains)
Yoga* (Bronx)
Knitting & Crocheting (Int/Adv)
Knitting & Crocheting (Brooklyn)
Chi Gong (Bronx)
Bingo (White Plains)
5
12
9:30-12
10-11
Chi Gong (Brooklyn)
10-11
10:30-11:30 Opera Appreciation
10:30-12
12-1
Art History
1-3
Arts & Crafts (Staten Island) 11-1
OFFICE CLOSED
* Sponsored by HealthCare Partners, IPA
3
10-11
10-11
10-12
10-12
1-2
2-3
Yoga* (Brooklyn)
Yoga* (Staten Island)
Quilting
Vision Screening
Dance
Yoga*
27
Tai Chi
Yoga*
Lunch Club
Health Topic Meeting
(Heart Health)
Arts & Crafts
Sewing
10-11
10-11
10-12
1-2
2-3
Yoga* (Brooklyn)
Yoga* (Staten Island)
Quilting
Dance
Yoga*
All classes are held at our Manhattan Headquarters unless otherwise indicated.
Meeting Topics*
Shakespeare Class
February
Heart Health
Tuesdays, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
March
Colorectal Cancer
The class is currently reading The Merchant of Venice,
a story of prejudice, revenge and a monetary loan
whose collateral was “a pound of flesh.”
*Sponsored by HealthCare Partners, IPA
1199SEIU RMD • 330 West 42nd Street, 9th Floor
Vision Screening
Friday, February 20, 10:00 am to noon
First come, first served
1199SEIU RMD
330 West 42nd Street, 9th Floor
QUESTIONS: CALL (646) 473-8666 • OUTSIDE NYC (800) 892-2557
Act Now! Come to the Drama Class
The Drama class reads plays and screenplays aloud (no experience or
memorization required) and discusses how their themes relate
to daily life. Films of some works, including The Great White
Hope, will also be shown. Tuesdays from 10:30 am to noon.
February 2015
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Retirees Ring in the Holidays in Style at the
Anne Shore
Banquet
On December 5, more than 1,200 1199SEIU retirees gathered to
celebrate the holidays at the Anne Shore Banquet at the New York Hilton
in Manhattan. 1199SEIU President George Gresham, 1199SEIU SecretaryTreasurer Maria Castaneda, 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds Executive
Director Mitra Behroozi and Public Advocate for the City of New York
Letitia James shared a few words with the crowd before the festivities
began. Retirees reconnected with old friends, shared good food and danced
the afternoon away, paying tribute to their “Retired but Active” motto.
Congratulations to the Retired Members Department for hosting another
festive celebration!
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February 2015
QUESTIONS: CALL (646) 473-8666 • OUTSIDE NYC (800) 892-2557
LEGAL NOTICES
HIPAA Notice
If you would like a copy of the Fund’s Notice of HIPAA Privacy Practices, please visit www.1199SEIUBenefits.org, or request one in writing by writing to the 1199SEIU
Benefit Fund Privacy Officer at 330 West 42nd St, 9th Floor, NY, NY 10036.
SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT
1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees
This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for
Health and Human Service Employees, EIN: 13-1628401, for the period January 1,
2013, to December 31, 2013. This is a welfare benefit plan offering life insurance,
health, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits. The annual report has been
filed with the Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Except those with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information”
below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of
plan assets.
Your Rights to Additional Information
You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof,
on request. The items listed below are included in that report:
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Insurance Information
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The plan has a contract with Amalgamated Life Insurance Company and Guardian
Life Insurance Company of America to pay certain life insurance and accidental
death and dismemberment claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total
premiums paid for the plan year ending December 31, 2013, were $721,571.
Because it is a so-called “experience-rated” contract, the premium costs are affected
by, among other things, the number and size of claims. Of the total insurance
premiums paid for the plan year ending December 31, 2013, the premiums paid
under such “experience-rated” contracts were $8,402,334 and the total of all
benefit claims paid under the experience-rated contract during the plan year was
$6,749,931.
Insurance information, including sales commissions paid by insurance carriers;
An accountant’s report;
Financial information and information on payments to service providers;
Assets held for investment;
Information regarding any common or collective trusts, pooled separate
accounts, master trusts or 103-12 investment entities in which the plan
participates; and
Actuarial information regarding the funding of the plan.
You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at
no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying
notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying
notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan
administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included
as part of that report.
To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the
plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund
for Health and Human Service Employees, PO Box 842, New York, NY 10108;
(646) 473-6365.
Basic Financial Statement
The value of plan assets, after subtracting liabilities of the plan, was $404,718,891
as of December 31, 2013, compared to $327,624,942 as of January 1, 2013. During
the plan year, the plan experienced an increase in its net assets of $77,093,949.
This increase includes unrealized appreciation and depreciation in the value of
the plan assets; that is the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at
the end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year or the
cost of assets acquired during the year. During the plan year, the plan had total
income of $1,463,868,918, including employer contributions of $1,431,048,794,
net appreciation in fair value of investments of $21,540,120, COBRA payments of
$2,802,297 and other earnings of $8,477,707.
You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the main
office of the plan:
1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, 330
West 42nd Street, 28th floor, New York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department
of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of
Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be
addressed to: Public Disclosure Room, Room N-1513, Employee Benefits Security
Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20210.
Plan expenses were $1,386,774,969. These expenses included $91,012,029 in
administrative expenses, $1,288,047,893 in benefits paid to participants and
beneficiaries, $416,716 in investment and advisor fees, and $7,298,331 in
general expenses.
QUESTIONS: CALL (646) 473-8666 • OUTSIDE NYC (800) 892-2557
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LEGAL NOTICES
1199SEIU NATIONAL BENEFIT FUND FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE EMPLOYEES
SUMMARY OF MATERIAL MODIFICATIONS
This Summary of Material Modifications describes changes that affect your welfare benefit plan and updates the Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) that was previously
distributed to you. You should keep this summary with your current SPD until the booklet is updated to reflect the changes discussed herein.
Effective January 1, 2015, the following changes to the 1199SEIU National
Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees (“Benefit Fund”) Plan
and SPD apply:
1.
Sections I.C and IV.A: If you have designated your spouse as your life
insurance beneficiary, your divorce will automatically revoke that designation
upon notification to the Fund. If you do not change your beneficiary
thereafter, your Life Insurance Benefit will be paid as if there is no beneficiary.
2.
Sections I.G and VII.B: In the event you comply with the Fund’s terms and
acknowledge the Fund’s rights, but you dispute the Fund’s Lien Determination
(that a claim for benefits is not covered because it is an expense resulting
from an illness or injury caused by the conduct of a third party) you may
request an Administrative Review of the Lien Determination by writing to
the Liens Department, provided that any proceeds you receive from a
settlement, verdict or agreement for compensation from or on behalf of the
party responsible for the illness or injury, up to the amount of the lien, are
not disbursed for the duration of the appeal. The Fund will notify you in
writing of the appeal decision and rationale within 30 days of receipt of the
written appeal. If the Administrative Review results in a denial of your
appeal, you have the right to request a final Administrative Review by the
Chief Benefits Officer or his or her designee in writing no later than 60
days after the receipt of the appeal denial. If your appeal is denied by
the Chief Benefits Officer or his or her designee, you have the right to file
suit in federal court under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
1974 (“ERISA”).
3.
Section I.J: For purposes of the subsection regarding continuing your
coverage while receiving unemployment insurance, the maximum of six
months continuation need not be consecutive, and the number of years
you were covered by the Benefit Fund is calculated from when you were last
considered a new employee under Section I.B.
4.
Section II – preface, II.A, VII.B: A Non-Participating Provider that appeals a
benefit denial cannot file a lawsuit on your behalf more than five years from
the date of service. Before you receive services from a Non-Participating
Provider, you should ask the provider to find out the total Benefit Fund
allowance for the planned service by calling (646) 473-7160, and to notify
you of what your out-of-pocket expenses will be.
5.
Sections VII.A and VII.B: The assignment feature of the Benefit Fund is only
for payment of your benefits to providers. No other rights under the plan or
ERISA may be assigned or transferred.
6.
Section VII.A: If you (or your provider by assignment) receive an overpayment
from the Benefit Fund as a result of an improperly billed claim for benefits,
the overpaid funds belong to the Benefit Fund, and you agree to hold that
money in trust for the Benefit Fund and to reimburse the Benefit Fund
within 30 days of receiving the overpayment. In addition, the Plan
Administrator may bring a court action to enforce the terms of the Plan or
to recover benefit overpayments.
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This summary only highlights the key changes made to the 1199SEIU National
Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees. Summaries of material
modifications together with the Summary Plan Description make up your official
plan descriptions; please keep them together and refer to them as necessary.
We have made every attempt to insure the accuracy of the information in this
summary and the Summary Plan Description. However, if there is any discrepancy
between them and the Plan Document, insurance contracts or other legal
documents, the legal documents will always govern. If you would like to review
the Plan Document or have any questions, please contact the Fund’s Member
Services Representatives at (646) 473-9200.
The National Benefit Fund believes it is a “grandfathered health plan” under
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). As
permitted by the Affordable Care Act, a grandfathered health plan can preserve
certain basic health coverage that was already in effect when that law was
enacted. Being a grandfathered health plan means that this plan may not include
certain consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act that apply to other
plans, for example, the requirement for an external review process for claims
appeals. However, grandfathered health plans must comply with certain other
consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, for example, the elimination
of lifetime limits on benefits. Questions regarding which protections apply and
which protections do not apply to a grandfathered health plan and what might
cause a plan to change from grandfathered health plan status can be directed to
the Plan Administrator at (646) 473-9200. You may also contact the Employee
Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor at (866) 444-3272
or www.dol.gov/ebsa/healthreform. This website has a table summarizing which
protections do and do not apply to grandfathered health plans.
The plan sponsor of the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund for Health and Human
Service Employees reserves the right to amend or terminate the 1199SEIU
National Benefit Fund for Health and Human Service Employees, or any part of
it, at any time.
QUESTIONS: CALL (646) 473-8666 • OUTSIDE NYC (800) 892-2557
LEGAL NOTICES
SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT
1199SEIU GREATER NEW YORK BENEFIT FUND
This is a summary of the annual report for the 1199SEIU Greater New York
Benefit Fund, EIN: 13-6125570, for the period January 1, 2013, to December
31, 2013. This is a welfare benefit plan offering life insurance, health, dental,
vision and prescription drug benefits. The annual report has been filed with the
Employee Benefits Security Administration, as required under the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
Your Rights to Additional Information
Except with respect to the benefits specified under “Insurance Information”
below, the plan is self-insured and has committed to pay covered claims out of
plan assets.
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You have the right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof,
on request. The items listed below are included in that report:
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Insurance information, including sales commissions paid by insurance
carriers;
An accountant’s report;
Financial information and information on payments to service providers;
Assets held for investment; and
Actuarial information regarding the funding of the plan.
Insurance Information
The plan has a contract with Amalgamated Life Insurance Company to pay
certain life claims incurred under the terms of the plan. The total premiums paid
for the plan year ending December 31, 2013, were $964,940.
Because it is a so-called “experience-rated” contract, the premium costs are
affected by, among other things, the number and size of claims. Of the total
insurance premiums paid for the plan year ending December 31, 2013, the
premiums paid under such “experience-rated” contracts were $897,367 and the
total of all benefit claims paid under the experience-rated contract during the
plan year was $629,102.
Basic Financial Statement
The value of plan assets, after subtracting liabilities of the plan, was $67,746,480
as of December 31, 2013, compared to $41,783,316 as of January 1, 2013. During
the plan year, the plan experienced an increase in its net assets of $25,963,164.
This increase includes unrealized appreciation and depreciation in the value of
plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of the plan’s assets at the
end of the year and the value of the assets at the beginning of the year or the
cost of assets acquired during the year. During the plan year, the plan had total
income of $194,815,746, including employer contributions of $189,417,152,
net appreciation in fair value of investments of $414,463, COBRA contributions
of $444,718, member spousal contributions of $3,913,546 and other earnings
of $625,867.
You also have the right to receive from the plan administrator, on request and at
no charge, a statement of the assets and liabilities of the plan and accompanying
notes, or a statement of income and expenses of the plan and accompanying
notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the plan
administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included
as part of that report.
To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the
plan administrator, Board of Trustees of the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit
Fund, PO Box 842, New York, NY 10108; (646) 473-6365.
You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the
main office of the plan:
1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund, 330 West 42nd Street, 28th floor, New
York, NY 10036, and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., or to
obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs.
Requests to the Department should be addressed to: Public Disclosure Room,
Room N-1513, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of
Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.
Plan expenses were $168,852,582. These expenses included $13,080,354 in
administrative and general expenses and $155,772,228 in benefits paid to
participants and beneficiaries.
QUESTIONS: CALL (646) 473-8666 • OUTSIDE NYC (800) 892-2557
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