Building Tradesman Jan. 17, 2014

 

February’s union meeting will be held at the Lansing hall, 5405 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Lansing, MI. 48911, February 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

The union meeting for March 19, 2014 will be held at the Lansing hall, 5405 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Lansing, MI. 48911, at 7:30 pm

The Lansing Training Center is open daily from 7am to 4pm for anyone interested in coming in during the day to practice welding. Members can also utilize the Jackson Hall on a daily basis. Contact Terry or Joni. (517) 784-1106

Based on the Affordable Care Act, our consultants have interpreted the following can be expected. While this is all new and seems to be ever changing, the following information still has the potential to vary at a later date.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) states that individuals must have continuous coverage starting January 1, 2014. This means that all members and their families should always be with coverage. Along with this requirement comes guaranteed access to coverage regardless of pre-existing health conditions for all ages.

Should you not maintain coverage throughout the year, you will be accessed a penalty. In 2014 that penalty is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $285 per family) or 1% of your income (whichever is greater). That amount will be adjusted annually.

If you find yourself without coverage at any time after January 1, 2014, (due to a layoff) you must obtain coverage to avoid a penalty. A gap in coverage can occur when you are working towards establishing initial eligibility (if your insurance has run out) or when you enter into active self-payments due to low hours.

The PPACA requires coverage at all times. If you should have a gap or break in coverage consider what is available to you: Check and see if your spouse has coverage that you can join or if you qualify for a subsidy on the Marketplace?

Individuals whose household income and family size fall 100 - 400% of the Federal Poverty Level may qualify for premium tax credits or subsidies. Some individuals may also qualify for reduced out of pocket maximums. To find out if you qualify for a subsidy, visit the following link provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation and input your household information: http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator-frameless/

If you qualify for a subsidy, you will want to visit the Federal Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov. Enrollment can be done on the website or by phone at 1-800-318-2596.

If you do not qualify for a subsidy, you can enroll in an individual plan through any carrier of your choice. Plans available to individuals are the same on the Marketplace and direct with carriers.

A licensed agent can assist you in finding a plan that's best for your family and budget.

A friendly reminder to those members who like to pay dues ahead. Starting with January dues, the amount will be $27.00 per month for active members; $14.00 per month for retirees.

Local 333 is still working on providing our members with the convenience of using credit/debit cards for dues processing and training fees. This has proved to be a complex endeavor due to Local 333 having (3) offices spanning throughout (3) cities. This continues to be a work –in-progress. To date, we are not able to provide this service to our members. We are confident that this should take place soon and will provide notification when we are up and running. Until then, cash and checks will be accepted at all (3) halls

Winter classes have been scheduled. Weld classes for all three regions will begin the week of January 6th. Members wishing to sign up for a weld class will be required to be $100.00 prior to starting the class. This $100.00 can be paid at the members respective halls. With 80% or better attendance you will receive $75.00 dollars back with the other $25.00 dollars going towards consumables. The list for each region will be established by those individuals who pay their $100.00 dollars prior to classes starting. A correction to the winter class schedules that are out there; Battle Creek weld classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays 5-9pm. starting on January 6th.

An Advanced Pipefitter class being taught by Joe Hoesl will begin February 3rd from 5-8 Monday and Wednesday. A Pipe trades Math Class will start for ten weeks on January 14th every Tuesday 6-9pm. The Med-Gas installer’s class is already full and perspective individuals will be contacted. This class is starting January 21st. for 5 weeks on Tuesday and Thursdays 5-9 pm. For sign up of any of the other classes call Joni at the Jackson hall to get on the list. Please contact Trent Mauk at Trent@local333.com with ideas to improve the training for the membership of UA Local 333.

Continued training will keep us safe, productive and skilled which will allow us to anchor our corner of the market for years to come.

If you have any job site pictures worthy of being posted on our 333 website, please email them to Price Dobernick at price@local333.com.

Sincere condolences to Dennis and Ed Brooks whose mother recently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Brian Dewey who lost him mother Marcia in December.