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FMCP Trustee Update on Anthem Data Breach

As you know, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield was the target of a cyber-attack that potentially compromised upwards of 80 million individual records, potentially including personal records of our members covered by the NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan (FMCP).

We have been in regular communications with Anthem and they continue to advise us that they are working around the clock to determine who was affected and to what degree. They have told us that they believe no Personal Health Information (PHI) was compromised, however, personal identifying information was. Further, they do not believe that Social Security numbers were compromised in every case. But again, they are working to determine the exact scope of the breach.

As you know, late Friday afternoon Anthem advised us that they became aware of some email scams where fake emails, appearing legitimate from Anthem, are being sent to members in an effort to further compromise members’ personal data.

Anthem has advised us it could take weeks to determine who was affected. Once they know they will then mail notices to each of these members offering identity protection and credit monitoring free of charge.

While we do appreciate the efforts of Anthem, we, as the Trustees of the FMCP, believe that we cannot and should not wait any longer to get our members the appropriate level of personal protection that they need and deserve. Accordingly, we have made arrangements with “Life Lock”, the nation’s premier identity protection organization, to extend free protection to every participant in the FMCP immediately. An announcement of this immediate and free service will be mailed (please note this will only be sent by the US mail) to all members as soon as it is possible – at most, a matter of days not weeks.

While we do not yet know, for sure, if our members have been affected, we do not believe that it is appropriate or fair to wait any longer. We would ask that you urge your members to take advantage of this service and get protection. Whatever Anthem ultimately determines and offers to the affected members will still be offered to our members for possible further protection.

We appreciate your support and understanding with this difficult situation and want you to know that we care about our members and their families. We believe this is the right thing to do.

Thank you,

NECA/IBEW Family Medical Care Plan Board of Trustees

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MIFA#1 Bargaining Update

Negotiations between Frontier and MIFA I continued in the Escalation Stage in Baltimore, MD, from February 2, 2015, through February 6, 2015, without the parties reaching a tentative agreement.

The Company and the Union have reached a tentative agreement on Union Time Off and Business Attire. Additional movement has been made on Vacations and Stand By. The Company and Union are still at odds over the following issues; hourly premiums, use of contractors, member contribution to healthcare, disability / retirement benefits and the General Wage Increase (GWI). The Union bargaining committee is contesting any proposals that will diminish wages, benefits or that will degrade your Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The week of March 9, 2015, is when the next session of the Escalation Negotiations are scheduled to be held in Baltimore, MD. Your continued support and solidarity for the IBEW Negotiating team helped create the movement that has taken place in the recent negotiation meetings. We will need your continued support and solidarity throughout these negotiations.

To find out more information please attend your monthly Union meeting.

Fraternally,

IBEW Negotiating Team

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