Benefit Premiums while on Leave – A Continuing Source of Concern & Frustration
July 18, 2020
For those of you who have generously been taking the Special COLAs, we understand the concerns you are expressing regarding the continuation of your Benefits. We understand that you are frustrated by your efforts to pay the premiums for the benefits you value and on which you and your family rely for your continued well-being.
We understand that many of you have attempted to pay Benefits premiums you know you owe and have made calls to the Benefits Service Center only to meet resistance because of “the process”. Your MEC Benefits Committee continues to advocate for an alternative that allows each of us on leave (or soon to be voluntary furlough) the ability to pay for the benefits we value an on which we rely in a timely manner without incurring an unmanageable premium arrearage balance.
Your MEC Benefits Committee is appealing to senior management of the corporation for their assistance in establishing a process that allows you to responsibly manage your financial obligations and to provide you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing your benefits are secure. We all need this assurance during these very difficult times in the history of our company