MLK Day: Local 79 Apprentices Volunteer to Clean Up Wetlands

MLK Day: Local 79 Apprentices Volunteer to Clean Up Wetlands

January 18 was a bitter cold and windy day near the shore, but this did not deter Local 79 apprentices-in-training and  staff members from Local 79 and LECET from carrying out a service project at Idlewild Park Preserve in Queens.The service project, organized by the New York City Parks Department, involved removing all manner of debris–tires, discarded rugs and furniture, building materials, and mountains of bottles, cans, and trash–from sensitive wetlands  The volunteers also received a lesson about wetlands and their importance in maintaining coastal ecosystems and absorbing storm surges. “We …

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Local 79: New Prescription Drug Benefit Manager

Local 79: New Prescription Drug Benefit Manager

Beginning January 1, 2016, OptumRx became the new prescription drug benefit manager for Local 79 members who are eligible for healthcare benefits. The change from Aetna Rx to OptumRx was explained fully in a letter sent to Local 79 members in November of 2015.

The key points are as follows:

New OptumRx prescription ID cards were mailed to you in 2015 and should be used for all prescription drug purchases after January 1, 2016. Members will receive new Aetna ID cards in January. Until such time as you receive …

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Local 79 Apprentice Recruitment: January 15, 2016

Local 79 Apprentice Recruitment: January 15, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: THE 1000 SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED AND THE RECRUITMENT IS CLOSED FOR THIS CYCLE. THERE ARE USUALLY TWO RECRUITMENTS FOR LOCAL 79 APPRENTICES EACH YEAR.  

The next date for open recruitment for Local 79’s apprenticeship program is January 15th, 2016 at 9:00 am. Information about apprenticeship, the requirements, and how the recruitment process is carried out is available through the Department of Labor posting and the Local 79 and the Mason Tenders’ Training Fund websites.

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Zadroga Act Extension Passed

Zadroga Act Extension Passed

Thanks to the advocacy carried out by many parties, including Local 79 members, the MTDCPAC, LiUNA members across the country, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Representative Carolyn Maloney, and others, the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has been extended to provide healthcare coverage for the next 75 years to first responders and others who suffer from lingering effects from the 9/11 attacks and the cleanup following the attacks. In addition, Congress renewed the Victims Compensation Fund for five years. The Fund provides financial assistance to aid …

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