Local 338 is an amalgamated union representing four separate bargaining units: Kaiser Aluminum - production/maintenance and clerical/technical workers, Kaiser Alutek workers, and LB Foster pre-cast/railroad ties division workers. We number more than 1000 private sector members who work primarily in manufacturing industries in North Eastern Washington.

 

 
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Benefits

In November we notified our Trentwood members that following the 2014 open enrollment, there would be an audit conducted by ADP to verify dependent eligibility.  After meeting with Management on Thursday December 19, we were told that they would be hand delivering letters to each employee at the plant to explain the process. The audit which must be completed before January 31 has three steps:

  1. Review the letter from Kaiser to confirm that each of your listed dependents is qualified and eligible for coverage.
  2. Obtain documentation for each dependant listed on your letter’s cover sheet.
  3. Upload, fax, or mail the completed cover sheet along with the required documentation, before January 31, 2014.

If you have questions or need help completing the audit you can contact Vicki at the East Gate or stop by the union hall and we can assist you.


MEDICAL BENEFITS ENROLLMENT

By now each of you should have received your 2014 open enrollment instructions for medical coverage in the mail. Open enrollment takes place each year during the month of November. In previous years you were not required to do anything with enrollment if there were no changes in your dependent status.

Due to a recent change, benefit enrollment for next year will be an active process. Active enrollment means you will need to physically enroll each eligible dependent whether they were enrolled in previous years or not. Those who do not actively enroll their dependents will risk losing medical coverage for those dependents in 2014.
Members need to be aware that there will only be a fourteen day enrollment period beginning November 4, extending through November 17.

To complete the enrollment process, follow the instructions you received in the mail from ADP. The letter describes two basic ways to enroll your dependents. The first is to register on line at www.portal.adp.com. The second way is to call the toll free phone number, 1-866-327-2021.

If you have not received your 2014 open enrollment information in the mail by November 4, you will need to contact Vicki Bell as soon as possible at extension 6427.

Securing medical coverage for your family is important. Don’t put off enrolling yourself and your dependents. Failure to do so will result in the loss of medical coverage for your dependents in 2014. If you have questions or need help with enrollment contact one of us here at the union hall or give Vicki Bell a call at extension 6427.

ENROLLED DEPENDANTS AUDIT
We were notified last month that in late December and early January, ADP will be performing audits to verify that listed dependents are eligible and accurately enrolled in medical benefit coverage. From what I’ve been told, everyone will be audited and each employee will be required to substantiate claimed dependents.