On May 19, 2003, the Washington Public Employees Association became an autonomous local union (Local 365) chartered by the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union.
All UFCW International affiliated locals are required to pay a monthly per member fee (per capita) to the UFCW International Union. Per the UFCW International Constitution, WPEA must pay the full per capita fee to the International on each active member each month.
As WPEA was becoming fully affiliated with the UFCW International, WPEA's per capita payments were gradually increased from $1.00 per member per month in the first year after affiliation to $4.00 per member per month in the fourth year after affiliation. In June of 2007, WPEA was fully affiliated with the UFCW and was required to pay the entire per capita for each member per month. At that time the full fee was $12.54 per month (at present, the amount is $15.04). In order to maintain the level of service our members required, the per capita fees would need to be passed on to the membership.
The Local Union Executive Board passed a resolution that beginning in August 2007, the union would continue to subsidize the per capita fees at $4.00 per member per month and each member would be charged a monthly "International Union Fee" of $8.54. This fee is deducted from the first paycheck of the month (on the 25th payroll). The Board also resolved that the local union would budget for the additional per capita owed the UFCW International from regular dues income and keep the members share at $8.54 for as long as possible.
On July 1, 2015, when unions were finally able to bargain an increase for state employees, WPEA decided that when dues lids were raised, the UFCW IU Fees would also be increased by the same 3% as the salary increase, from $8.54 to $8.80. And, each time that state employees receive a raise, the dues lids and the IUFees will increase by the same percentage. Currently, maximum dues are 1.25% of gross earnings to a maximum of $56.80 per month plus the IUFees of $9.20.
Prior to November 2015, WPEA rebated to non-members that portion of dues that were considered non-chargeable. However, instead of continuing to do rebates, the union decided to change our dues structure so full members continued paying 1.25% of gross earnings and non-members were charged 1% of gross earnings plus a lower UFCW IU Fee of $7.04. Currently, maximum dues for Representative Fee Payers (RFPs) is $45.50 plus the IUFees of $7.30.
The WPEA Board of Directors want the membership to know that they are hard-working public employees just like you who take their role as your union representatives very seriously. They remain dedicated to each member and believe that each of you deserves a strong, vital union and that you merit great respect for the hard work you do every day for the citizens of the State of Washington.
Have you received a call from American Income Life and are wondering if they’re trying to scam you? This call is actually real!
In mid-2017, American Income Life, with WPEA’s consent, sent mailers to WPEA members telling them about a $2,500 Accidental Death & Dismemberment policy they were offering. If members didn’t respond to the first mailing, a second mailing was sent. The AD&D Policy is available to any member’s estate; however, if the member wants to designate a beneficiary, that’s when AIL gets involved. When a member fills out and returns a card, requesting to designate a beneficiary, an AIL representative will contact that member so they can meet to sign the beneficiary papers. The reason that there must be a personal contact is so AIL can be certain that the member is who they claim to be.
What’s been happening is that since such a long time has passed between the signing of the card and getting contacted by AIL, members forget that they’ve signed the card and provided AIL with personal information like birthdates and names of beneficiaries and cell phone numbers. So, when a call is received, out of the blue, they’re confused. Rest assured, these calls are legitimate, sometimes though they don’t sound like they are and because the AIL agents don’t take the time to explain what has initiated the call, members get upset.
The AIL Agent is contacting you to set up an appointment for you to sign off on the beneficiary portion of the benefit (and they may try to sell you more insurance because after all, they are insurance agents). Please remember that if you don’t want to meet with an AIL representative, you will still be eligible for the benefit, but the funds would go to your estate in the event of your accidental death. If you still want to designate a beneficiary, you will need to meet with them, but you don’t have to meet at your home – feel free to pick a public spot like a library or a police station or a Starbucks, anywhere you feel safe and comfortable – and remember, you never have to purchase more insurance.
I hope I’ve explained this well enough that you understand. If not, give me a call at (360) 943-1121 x100 and we can speak on it further.
Again, thank you for being leery of their approach, which can be a tad bit pushy. And, rest assured that WPEA has not, nor would we ever, release any personal information of yours to anyone.
WPEA/UFCW Local 365
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I am a public employee working at Bellevue College. I’m writing to express my concern about public records requests for public employees’ birth dates. Several such requests have been made in recent years, and each time, my colleagues at public colleges and state agencies feel helpless, fearful, and angry.
When the Public Records Act was written over 40 years ago, identity theft was not common and cyber-theft was non-existent. Now there are criminals who buy social security numbers and birth dates for those purposes. Even 20 years ago our Social Security numbers were printed in full on public documents; now we know better.
It’s time to update the Public Records Act and exempt employee birth dates from disclosure. Senator Patty Kuderer has introduced SB 6079 to do exactly that. Thanks to Senator Kuderer for working to modernize the public records act and keep those of us who work in public service safe from harassment and identity theft.
Taken From http://www.bellevuereporter.com/letters/time-to-update-the-pra-letter/
Written by Becky Turnbull, Bellevue College
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