Latest Union Updates:

Fresh Proof That Strong Unions Help Reduce Income Inequality

From the article by Susan Dynarski, New York Times, July 6, 2018:

 

"Union workers now earn about 20 percent more than nonunion workers in similar jobs. Remarkably, this union premium has held steady since the 1930s."

"Thanks to the new research [“Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data”], evidence going back nearly a century now shows that unions have formed a critical counterweight to the power of companies. They increase the earnings of the lowest skilled and sharply reduce inequality.

But the Supreme Court’s [Janus] decision will curtail the capacity of unions to organize and represent workers. The court ruled that unions can no longer collect “agency fees” from those government workers whom they represent but who have chosen not to join. These fees have helped pay for contract negotiations as well as prevent the free-rider problem that arises when only some pay for benefits enjoyed by everyone."

 

 

 

President's Letter Regarding Anti-Union Supreme Court Ruling

June 28, 2018
Dear IUJAT member,

As some of you may have already heard, a Supreme Court decision this week has threatened the pay, pensions, healthcare, job security and livelihoods of public sector workers. To protect everything you have gained through collective bargaining, we must stand united and fight back.


The case, called "Janus," was backed by special interest groups seeking to weaken public sector unions by encouraging division among union brothers and sisters. Attempting to "divide and conquer" workers is not a new strategy for the super wealthy. In fact, the infamous industrial era robber baron Jay Gould once famously said, "I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other  half." But we're better than that. IUJAT members will stand together, united, to protect our rights.


Let me be clear: these are dangerous times for working people, as we are under attack across our country. The rich have gotten richer. The voice of the American worker is heard  less and less  in the halls of power, and the working middle class is in danger of becoming a fond memory.


IUJAT defends you against being terminated or disciplined unjustly by management. We have full time business agents devoted to your needs, and attorneys who, at no cost to  you, spring into action to defend your jobs and contractual rights. Through our collective bargaining agreements, we have the ability to challenge unreasonable management rules. Your employer  is required to negotiate with us if they want to make changes to your working conditions, and wages paid to our members are some of the highest for comparable workers. Everything you have is guaranteed in a legally binding agreement. Without the union, nothing is guaranteed.


History is full of tragic chapters in which people collectively failed to recognize impending danger and act decisively to avert it, until it was too late. That is not going to happen to us. We must act together to overcome any threat to our wages, healthcare, job security and pensions. In the coming months and years, I will ask you to suppo11 our union's plan to  meet this challenge. I will ask you to stay strong and remain a member of IUJAT. Your collective bargaining agreement and union representation are precious resources upon which you, your family  and your co-workers depend. I have no doubt that you will do what is necessary to protect them.


In solidarity,

Steven R. Elliott, Sr.

International President

PDF of LETTER

Limited Time Offer from BJ's: Ends 7/3/18

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MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS FOR IUJAT MEMBERS:

NEW BJ's MEMBERS wanting a BASIC MEMBERSHIP pay $25 for 2 cards and 12 months and receive a savings of $30 off the $55 club price.

NEW BJ's MEMBERS wanting a REWARDS MEMBERSHIP pay $50 for 2 cards and 12 months receive a savings of $60 off the $110 club price.


RENEWING BJ's MEMBERS wanting BASIC MEMBERSHIP pay $40 for 2 cards and 13 months and receive a savings of $15 off the $55 club price.

RENEWING BJ's MEMBERS wanting REWARDS MEMBERSHIP pay $80 for 2 cards and 13 months and receive a savings of $30 off the $110 club price.


This is a limited time offer ending 7/3/2018. Get your BJ’s membership now. 

For more information and to get your application forms, visit our BJ's page.


As an IUJAT member, you and your family are automatically eligible for our discount programs. Visit our Not a UBenefit member yet? No worries! Click here to sign up. It just takes a minute!

Magellan Rx Discount Card--New UBenefit!

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A better pharmacy discount card

At Magellan Rx Management, we believe in helping you and your family live healthy, vibrant lives. We are dedicated to giving you the best service and resources to help you make better healthcare decisions.

With the Magellan Rx Discount Card, you can save up to 65% on prescription prices. The card is free to use, and discounts are provided right at the pharmacy. You are simply responsible for paying the balance of the drug cost after the discount is applied.

Where is Magellan Rx Discount Card accepted?

It is accepted at most major retail and local pharmacies, including:

  • Albertson’s
  • Bi-Mart
  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Duane Reade
  • Food Lion
  • Giant Eagle
  • Hannaford Bros.
  • Harp’s
  • Harris Teeter
  • Hy-Vee
  • Ingles Market
  • King Sooper’s
  • Kroger
  • Lewis Family Drug
  • Longs Drugs
  • Ralph’s
  • Rite Aid
  • Safeway
  • Sam’s Club
  • Save Mart
  • Savon
  • Shopko
  • Shoprite
  • Target
  • Von’s
  • Walgreen’s
  • Walmart
  • Wegman’s
  • Winn Dixie

For more info, visit our Magellan Rx Discount page


As an IUJAT member, you and your family are automatically eligible for our discount programs. Visit our Not a UBenefit member yet? No worries! Click here to sign up. It just takes a minute!

LiveHealth Online--New UBenefit

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No waiting room, no need to leave home

SEE A DOCTOR 24/7 ON YOUR COMPUTER OR MOBILE DEVICE

Using LiveHealth Online, you can have a private visit with your smartphone, tablet or computer. 

When you’re not feeling well, you want to feel better fast. Or, you may be feeling anxious or having trouble coping on your own and need some support. LiveHealth Online lets you stay home and have a video visit with a board-certified doctor or licensed therapist on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

By using LiveHealth Online, you can 

  • See a board-certified doctor in a few minutes with no appointment. Doctors are available 24/7 to assess your condition and, if it’s needed, they can send a prescription to your local pharmacy. When your own doctor isn’t available, use LiveHealth Online if you have pinkeye, a cold, the flu, a fever, allergies, a sinus infection or another common health condition.
  • Make an appointment with a licensed therapist in four days or less. You can have a video visit with a therapist from home, at work or on the go — evenings and weekend appointments are available too. Appointments can be scheduled online or over the phone, seven days a week. You can get help for anxiety, depression, grief, panic attacks and more.

What will a visit cost?

Your Anthem plan includes benefits for video visits using LiveHealth Online. For medical doctor visits, and a 45-minute therapy session, there will be no cost for IUJAT members and their dependents.

Sign up for LiveHealth Online today -- it’s quick and easy

See a Spanish–speaking doctor with Cuidado Médico on LiveHealth Online

To learn more, visit our LiveHealth Online page.

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As an IUJAT member, you and your family are automatically eligible for our discount programs. Not a UBenefit member yet? No worries! Click here to sign up. It just takes a minute!

New UBenefit! Pro-TEC—Tool & Equipment Insurance Coverage

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Your Livelihood’s On The Line!

If something happens to your automotive tools—like loss or damage from fire, theft or flood—are you prepared? As a professional technician or automotive mechanic, your tools are your livelihood. Without them you’re unable to provide for yourself and your family.

Introducing Pro-TEC: Tool & Equipment Insurance Coverage

Pro-TEC’s Automotive Tool Insurance Program—the first of its kind in America—provides you with critical peace of mind in case of catastrophe. There is currently no other insurance like this available to cover loss or damage. Not only that, a Loss of Income allowance included with your policy makes it an indispensable investment in your own future. And did we mention that it's incredibly affordable? Most likely, you pay more for the insurance on the vehicle you drive to work. 

For more info, visit our Pro-TEC page. 


As an IUJAT member, you and your family are automatically eligible for our discount programs. Not a UBenefit member yet? No worries! Click here to sign up. It just takes a minute!

Janus and the war on unions

It’s no secret that Big Business and those who profit from it have long harbored a grudge against working people and their unions, often resorting to some shameless and desperate tactics to erode workers’ rights, wages, pensions, and benefits in order to grab an even bigger share of the nation’s prosperity for themselves. An important battle in this war is currently being fought in the Supreme Court in a case called Janus v. AFSCME.

Read More

Limited Time Offer from BJ's

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Discount membership for IUJAT Members:

NEW BJ's MEMBERS wanting a BASIC MEMBERSHIP pay $25 for 2 cards 12 months and receive a savings of $30 off the $55 club price.

NEW BJ's MEMBERS wanting a REWARDS MEMBERSHIP pay $50 for 2 cards and 12 months receive a savings of $60 off the $110 club price.

For your IUJAT member enrollment form, visit our BJ's page.


As an IUJAT member, you and your family are automatically eligible for our discount programs. Visit our BJ's page for more info, a link to IUJAT's exclusive member portal, and your member discount code.

Not a UBenefit member yet? No worries! Click here to sign up. It just takes a minute!

New Car Rental UBenefit from National & Enterprise

Welcome to National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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 IUJAT members, take advantage of our discount with National Car Rental or Enterprise Rent-A-Car whenever you need a rental vehicle. 

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 Visit our Enterprise & National page for more info and to get your IUJAT member Account number.


As an IUJAT member, you and your family are automatically eligible for our discount programs. Visit our Enterprise & National page for more info, a link to IUJAT's exclusive member portal, and your member discount code.

Not a UBenefit member yet? No worries! Click here to sign up. It just takes a minute!

 

 

New UBenefit from BJ's!

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Has A Special Membership Offer For: 

IUJAT Members Employees, Families, and Friends  

3 Great Reasons to Join or Renew

  1. SAVE $15 off the Basic Membership fee of $50 (now just $35.00) or BJ’S Rewards (2% back) – $25.00 off the fee of $100.00 (now just $75.00)

  2. Enjoy one extra month’s membership (13 months versus the usual 12 months)*

  3. FREE Second Membership Card for a household member

  • Gas Savings
  • Manufacturers Coupons
  • Most Accepted Payment Methods
  • Up to 30% off conventional store pricing
  • These are just a few of BJ’s membership benefits!

Visit our BJ's Page for your application (English and Spanish)


As an IUJAT member, you and your family are automatically eligible for our discount programs. Visit our BJ's page for more info, a link to IUJAT's exclusive member portal, and your member discount code.

Not a UBenefit member yet? No worries! Click here to sign up. It just takes a minute!