31 03, 2016

New, Updated Information Available for Victims of 9/11 Attacks

2016-03-31T15:10:10-04:00

To mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11, The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NYCOSH’s) #health4heroes outreach campaign is coordinating outreach and education efforts by partnering with labor and community organizations in order to ensure that more workers are fully informed about the services provided by the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund. If you believe your health was impacted by the WTC disaster, you may be eligible for free treatment at the WTC Health Program. Whether or not you have insurance, a current diagnosis of your illness, and regardless of your immigration status, you may receive a medical examination and [...]

New, Updated Information Available for Victims of 9/11 Attacks2016-03-31T15:10:10-04:00
21 03, 2016

Local 79 Members Can Now Pay Dues Online and Re-Register for the OWL

2016-03-22T14:01:53-04:00

Local 79 is happy to announce the launch of eLocal, which provides members with the ability to pay their dues online, as well as check their course history, certificates, participation history, and update their personal information. All Local 79 members received a letter with detailed instructions and an individual "access code" with information which will allow them to create a secure account online. "This represents a huge step forward for Local 79," said Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska. "I strongly encourage members to register for eLocal and to start to take advantage of its many easy-to-use features."   Beginning with the April 1 re-registration period, members will be able [...]

Local 79 Members Can Now Pay Dues Online and Re-Register for the OWL2016-03-22T14:01:53-04:00
23 02, 2016

Free Tax Preparation Services for Local 79 Members

2016-02-23T09:41:00-05:00

According to a survey, many Local 79 members said they spent $200 or more to have someone prepare their taxes. Members may be able to avoid tax preparation fees if they fit into one of the categories below. In general, if you earned less than $54,000 in 2015, you can receive free assistance preparing your tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Note that these services do not cover complicated tax returns. To see the type of returns covered and not covered by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, click here. If you are 60 or older, you can receive [...]

Free Tax Preparation Services for Local 79 Members2016-02-23T09:41:00-05:00
12 01, 2016

Local 79: New Prescription Drug Benefit Manager

2016-01-12T16:17:09-05:00

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 these, continue to use your old Aetna card for medical benefits. Once you have received [...]

Local 79: New Prescription Drug Benefit Manager2016-01-12T16:17:09-05:00
8 01, 2016

Zadroga Act Extension Passed

2016-01-08T14:29:57-05:00

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 ailing first responders who are too sick to work. It is shameful that the reauthorization of the [...]

Zadroga Act Extension Passed2016-01-08T14:29:57-05:00
22 12, 2015

2016 IDNYC: Free Identification for All New York City Residents

2015-12-22T09:47:58-05:00

All Local 79 members and their family members (14 years of age and older) who live in New York City are eligible to get IDNYC, the free identification card for all New York City residents. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID. Aside from providing all-important access to many City services and programs, IDNYC also provides a series of benefits to cardholders, [...]

2016 IDNYC: Free Identification for All New York City Residents2015-12-22T09:47:58-05:00
25 10, 2015

Local 79 Members: Ensure Your Future Financial Security!

2015-10-29T14:32:25-04:00

Beginning in November, Local 79 will start to offer members a series of workshops on issues related to retirement and education saving for your children. The workshops will be provided free of charge by advisors from Wells Fargo and are intended for all members, not only those who are nearing retirement. The workshops will enable members to make informed decisions about their financial future. All workshops are approximately one-hour long and begin at 5:00 pm at Local 79’s offices. Space in these workshops is limited, so it is necessary to reserve a spot by calling Thom Thacker at 212-465-7928. Topic: Avoiding [...]

Local 79 Members: Ensure Your Future Financial Security!2015-10-29T14:32:25-04:00
20 10, 2015

Local 79 Expands Eligibility for Legal Services

2015-10-21T17:06:25-04:00

Business Manager Mike Prohaska, Secretary-Treasurer George Zecca, and President Kenneth Brancaccio—the Trustees of Local 79's Legal Services Plan—recently announced a change, effective immediately, that expands eligibility for Local 79's Legal Services Plan. Members will now be eligible for a full year of legal services—January 1-December 31—if they have worked a minimum of 700 hours during the eligibility period (defined as November 1 through October 31 of the preceding year.) Another change announced allows members who have open matters through the Legal Services Plan but have lost their eligibility for the Plan to continue to have coverage for the open matter for twelve [...]

Local 79 Expands Eligibility for Legal Services2015-10-21T17:06:25-04:00
17 06, 2015

Local 79 is Requesting Member Feedback on Accidental Life Insurance Policy Company

2015-06-17T14:57:12-04:00

If you are an active or retired member of Local 79, you are automatically eligible to receive a $4,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit provided by the National Income Life Insurance Company (NILIC). You do not need to fill out anything to be eligible to receive this benefit. The benefit is provided free of charge with absolutely no strings attached. However, if you fill out and send back the blue card that NILIC periodically sends out, a representative of the company will call on you to deliver the certificate, witness your beneficiary designation, and tell you about other insurance programs available to you. If you wish to make a positive or negative [...]

Local 79 is Requesting Member Feedback on Accidental Life Insurance Policy Company2015-06-17T14:57:12-04:00
29 04, 2015

IDNYC: Free Identification for All New York City Residents

2015-05-20T09:29:30-04:00

All Local 79 members and their family members (14 years of age and older) who live in New York City are eligible to get IDNYC, the new, free identification card for all New York City residents. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID. Aside from providing all-important access to many City services and programs, IDNYC also provides a series of benefits [...]

IDNYC: Free Identification for All New York City Residents2015-05-20T09:29:30-04:00
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