Further to the presentation at our Annual Senate this week, this is to confirm that the courts have granted U.S. Steel’s request to terminate benefits, effective October 9, 2015, for retirees of the former Stelco. U.S. Steel is also suspending employer contributions to the pension plan. Many of these retirees have spouses in the education sector and would be eligible to join RTO/ERO and our Insurance Plans.
The Chair of our Member Services Committee, Joanne Weeks, has reached out to the union local with this information, and they have agreed to communicate this to their local members!
Realizing that not everyone may see the message from the union, please reach out to any retiree you know who may be eligible as a member. They can join RTO/ERO and our insurance plans without medical evidence, so long as they do so within 60 days of the termination of the U.S. Steel Plan. Please note that no matter when the retiree applies during this 60 day period, RTO/ERO coverage is effective on October 10, 2015 to ensure that they have continuous coverage.
RTO/ERO applications can be downloaded and printed from the following links (if the link does not work then cut and paste into your browser):
If they have any insurance questions next week, the service team at Johnson would be pleased to answer any questions they may have. Their toll-free telephone number is 1-877-406-9007. Of course, our membership team can be reached at 1-800-361-9888.
FROM: SIMON LEIBOVITZ and LORI MACDONALD-BLUNDON