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MIFA 1 – Dates for GWI, Bonus, Benefit Changes

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Following are anticipated implementation dates for GWIs, bonuses, and several benefit changes in the final MIFA # 1 package. In the unlikely event that any of these dates change, we will provide as much advance notice as we are possibly able to you.

1. Signing Bonus: the signing bonus will be paid as a lump sum to eligible employees in employee paychecks dated 7/29/2016. This is the same paycheck as the employee’s regular weekly pay. The signing bonus will be shown as a separate line item.

2. 7/3/2016 GWI: eligible employees will receive the 2% GWI on their paycheck dated 7/29/2016 (7/10/2016 – 7/23/2016 pay period). On the same paycheck eligible employees will also receive a lump sum payment equal to the retroactive value of the GWI for the period from 7/3/2016 – 7/9/2016. The retroactive payment will be shown as a separate line item.

3. Lump Sum Bonus in Lieu of 7/3/2016 GWI: the lump sum bonus in lieu of the 7/3/2016 GWI will be paid to eligible North Carolina employees in employee paychecks dated 7/29/2016. This is the same paycheck as the employee’s regular weekly pay. The lump sum bonus in lieu of GWI will be shown as a separate line item.

4. Employee Premium Contribution Change from 7% to 10%: the monthly employee premium contribution changes will be effective with employee paychecks dated 8/12/2016.

5. LTD Change from $3,000 Monthly Maximum to $2,083 Monthly Maximum: the CBA states that this change will be effective for disabilities commencing on or after the ratification date. However, in conjunction with implementation of this change, Frontier will open an enrollment window for employees who may now wish to change their Supplemental LTD elections. The effective date for this change will be 1/1/2017, which will coincide with the annual enrollment period later this year.

6. Life Insurance Change to Service-Based Benefit: will be effective 1/1/2017.

In Solidarity,

Your IBEW Negotiating Team

IBEW Local Unions 71 – OH, 289 – NC, 1106 – MI, 1431 – SC

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IBEW/Frontier Interest Arbitration Settled

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The following is the award rendered by Arbitrator Herbert Fishgold on the remaining unresolved issues concerning MIFA I negotiations. Any resolved Local Union proposals will be communicated by the respective Local Union.

  1. General wage increase of 2% effective July 3, 2016 and 2.5% effective March 26, 2017. All employees will receive a signing bonus of $1700. Offline Representatives (WAH), NC, shall receive a lump sum in lieu of a general wage increases as follows: effective July 3, 2016, a lump sum of $900, and effective March 26, 2017, a lump sum of $1,000. The signing bonus shall be paid to active regular full time employees on the payroll as of July 3, 2016.
  2. Employee healthcare premium contributions will be increased to 10 % as soon as administratively possible but no earlier than July 3, 2016. Effective January 1, 2017, 12% and effective January 1, 2018, 13%.
  3. 401K plan match for members with a defined benefit plan will be 4% effective January 1, 2017, and to remain at 4% for the duration of the contract.
  4. Company paid LTD plan benefits shall remain the same up to a maximum of $3000, for disabilities prior to July 3, 2016. Disabilities commencing on or after July 3, 2016, will be paid up to a maximum of $2,083 per month. Pension and health care benefits will remain the same for LTD.
  5. Short term disability for employees with more than one (1) year accredited service, all days of the waiting period will be waived if the employee has not been absent for personal illness and/or injury in the previous twelve (12) consecutive months.
  6. Effective no earlier than July 3, 2016, employees will change from 1 year of base pay Life Insurance to a term life insurance coverage using a Years of Service-based formula, as follows:

    Years of Service Benefit

    Less than 5 $10,0005 to less than 10 $15,000
    10 to less than 15 $20,000
    15 to less than 25 $30,000
    25 to less than 35 $40,000
    35 or more $50,000

  7. The current contract shall expire on March 24, 2018.

 
In Solidarity,

Your IBEW Negotiating Team
IBEW Local Unions 71 – OH, 289 – NC, 1106 – MI, 1431 – SC

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IBEW/Frontier Interest Arbitration Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

At this time we have not received any communication on the Interest Arbitration award from Arbitrator Herbert Fishgold. We are attempting to contact the arbitrator to find out if there are any issues he may need assistance with in rendering his decision. Upon receiving the decision and all is finalized we will share this information with you as quickly as possible. We realize this is an emotional time, so please try to be patient.

In Solidarity,

Your IBEW Negotiating Team

Ibew Local Unions 71-OH, 289-NC, 1106-MI, 1421-SC