Due to Scheduling, the start date for the fall classes has been moved up
The fall 2013 Modular Training Classes will begin the week of December 09, 2013.
The instructors will be given the class list this week and will be calling you as to time and place, early next week.
Please note, that this morning I was served a notice by the CPS that they would be laying off 25 Engineers based on Financial Reasons. This notice was sent to me at 6:24 am this morning after some mmebers have already been served notice. This is an unprecedented action by CPS and will be challanged by the Local. Be assured that the Local with our lawyers will proceed with all availble methods and contractual means to reverse this. This will be a definate impact on the schools especailly during the upcoming winter -heating season.
As I said, your Union will fight this unfair and unjustified action to the fullest extent of our bargaining agreement.
William E. Iacullo, President
Denis J. Lechowicz, Vice-President
Robset J. Hellberg, Recording Secretary
Mark A. Leahy, Financial Secretary
Andre R. Johnson, Treasurer
Below is a copy of email sent by the CPS with regards to our medical benefits. Please note every year we have to verify our tobacco usage or non-usage. Please make sure you fill out the Tabacco Usage Form.
Bill Iacullo, President
2014 Benefits Open Enrollment Begins Today!
Monday, October 28 – Friday, November 8th
Benefits Open Enrollment is the one opportunity each year that benefits-eligible employees have to make changes to their benefits elections. For example, employees may use this opportunity to add or remove a dependent to or from their medical plan, change coverage, or elect a new benefit in which the employee was not previously enrolled.
Chicago Public Schools’ 2014 Benefits Open Enrollment takes place from Monday, October 28, 2013, through Friday, November 8, 2013. All employees are encouraged to access the Open Enrollment self-service website to review and update benefits elections. Access HR4U.cps.edu to login to Open Enrollment Self Service to review and update your benefits today.
The CPS Talent Office offers a competitive benefits package to ensure employees and covered dependents have the tools to maximize overall health and well-being. The comprehensive benefits line-up includes five medical plan options, two dental plan options, basic and enhanced vision, a comprehensive wellness program, an employee assistance program, short term and long term disability, life insurance, personal accident insurance, flexible spending accounts, a supplemental retirement savings plan, and a group legal benefit. We encourage you to take advantage of all we have to offer.
Important Update Regarding the Annual Tobacco Usage Attestation
All non-CTU employees enrolled in a CPS health plan must disclose their tobacco usage status by completing the annual tobacco attestation form located on the benefits election page. Even if you completed this requirement last year, you are required to report your current tobacco usage status again during this Open Enrollment period. Tobacco users will be required to contribute a modest premium to offset the added costs that tobacco usage imposes on the CPS health plan. IMPORTANT: All non-CTU employees that do not log in and report their tobacco usage status will be charged the full tobacco premium differential in 2014.
Important 2014 Benefits Reminders and Updates:
Change in Vision Vendor: CPS will be changing vision plan carriers to EyeMed Vision Care beginning in 2014. This change will be an added value to employees through an expanded provider network including several retail vision care providers that were not previously covered under the plan. You may search for providers in the Insight network by visiting www.eyemed.com. Voluntary employee vision premium rates will remain unchanged.
Flexible Spending Accounts: CPS offers a convenient way to save on medical and dependent care expenses through the use of a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). An FSA allows employees to contribute pre-tax earnings into a special account that can be used to pay for eligible medical and dependent care expenses. Flexible Spending Accounts expire on December 31 of each year. Employees who choose to enroll in Flexible Spending Health or Dependent Care Accounts in 2014 must make their annual election during this open enrollment period.
Tobacco Usage Attestation and Fee: Non-CTU employees enrolled in a CPS health plan are required to complete the annual Tobacco Usage Attestation which is accessed through the open enrollment self-service application. Even employees who do not smoke or use tobacco are required to complete the attestation form to affirm their status as a non-smoker. Employees who do use tobacco will be required to contribute a modest usage fee through a payroll deduction. Employees that do not complete the attestation will be assessed the full tobacco premium.
CPS Wellness Program: The wellness program offers employees and their covered spouses/domestic partners/civil union spouses free health screenings, access to a personalized online health and well-being portal, and free telephonic health coaching. All CPS employees and their spouses/domestic partners/civil union spouses enrolled in a CPS health plan that do not participate in the Chicago Lives Healthy Wellness Program will be subject to a $600 per year non-participation premium for each non-participant. This benefit is automatically available when you elect medical coverage, so you will not elect this separately in the open enrollment self-service website. You will receive additional enrollment instruction shortly following the Open Enrollment period. All employees and spouses/domestic partners/civil union spouses enrolled in medical coverage will need to complete the following steps to avoid the non-participation premium increase:
Enrollment Step 1: Complete the Biometric Screening by January 31, 2014
Enrollment Step 2: Complete the Well-Being Assessment online by February 28, 2014
Ongoing Participation: In order to make the program more convenient for participants the ongoing participation requirement was changed from 4 points per month to 12 points per quarter. Complete 12 activity points in each of the following periods; April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, and October 1 – December 31. The Health Advisor Check-In call will be worth 6 points in the first quarter.
Please read the Open Enrollment Guide and Steps to Enroll in Benefits available on HR4U. To enroll or make changes to your benefits, log on to hr4u.cps.edu beginning today, October 28, 2013. On the HR Home or My Benefits pages, you may access the employee self-service website by clicking the “Enroll in 2014 Benefits” icon. Remember Open Enrollment ends Friday, November 8, at which point your 2014 elections will be finalized. Changes will not be allowed after this date. You have until the end of the day on November 8 to fax or scan your supporting documentation.
CPS Central Office will be hosting a Benefits Open Enrollment fair on Thursday, October 31, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in room 1550. The event is open to all CPS employees to meet our benefits vendors and learn more about our benefits programs. In addition, the School Support Center locations and Elizabeth Training Facility will have kiosks available for employees that need access to the internet. Visit hr4u.cps.edu to access a schedule of available hours.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please visit hr4u.cps.edu or contact Employee Solutions at (773) 553-HR4U (4748).
Please do not reply to this email. This account is not monitored.
Dear Sisters and Brothers of Local 143- 143B
Monday October 14, 2013 is paid holiday for all Local 143 and Local 143B members.
William E. Iacullo, President
Based on the results of the 2013 Iuoe Local 143-143B Election held on August 13, 2013 the following have been elected to serve for the term of 2013-2016:
President Bill Iacullo
Vice President Denis Lechowicz
Recording Secretary Bob Hellberg
Financial Secretary Mark Leahy
Treasurer Andre Johnson
Conductor Robert Christensen
Guard Ricky Guerrero
Maria De Lourdes Timothy Haley
Johnny Diggs Ann Rogers
Eraina Smith Kendall Smith
Robert Caccioppo Ralph Richmond
Joseph Cariola Jr. Jonathan Seeh
Michael Johnson Abel Soto
Elmer Payton III Scott Vieu
- Recently, several Facility Managers have been talking about scheduling PMP and meetings to discuss goals which would require you sign off. This was part of negotiations and was to be in collaboration with the Union. To date the Union has not met with the CPS. It is recommended that you not sign off on this until the Union has had a chance to fulfill our agreement with CPS to collaborate on this plan. If you are threatened with discipline action sign with the words signed under protest.
The day off in June that we will be given in exchange for working on President’s Day this past February is as follows:
Track E Schools June 21
Regular Track Schools June 26
143 B Payroll and Financial Services
I am negotiating a day that you WILL be given off for that Holiday you worked. Please check the website and I will post the date when the CPS and Union agree on a date.
William E. Iacullo, President
We needed to clear out user account, and to do so requires us to delete all the account and re-import. To login to the site your username is your member ID number without the leading zeros and your password is your first name in all CAPS. Moving forward Bill and I will be building out the private portions of this site and will only be viewable by members who are logged in.