Workers of America
HCBC ALERT FOR VERIZON RETIREES
Cindy Ebner, our Health
Care Benefits Coordinator (HCBC) has retired effective
3-31-21. The new Coordinator is Tom Ballek.. Tom will be our
point of contact for issues with Medical, Dental and
Enrollment. The contact number will remain the same
(866-248-4449). The email for Tom is
Thomas.L.Ballek@verizon.com. Tom is the contact for retirees
only. Please make note of this change for your records.
I sent Tom an e-mail
yesterday to confirm that we've got the correct phone number
and e-mail and he promptly replied. He said that he is
temporarily working from home during the pandemic, as Cindy
did, so he will not be using the fax number until he goes back
to the office.
Tom said thank you and
that he appreciates everyone's patience as he is still
transitioning into the position.
CWA Local 2105 Retirees,
hope this finds you all doing well and staying safe.
Many of you have probably had your vaccines by now, or at
least have made appointments for them.
Your Local Retirees Chapter Officers continue to monitor the
COVID situation and we have
decided not to have our regularly scheduled meeting in April.
Our priority is the good health and safety of our members.
We sincerely hope that we will be able to get together for our
July 20 meeting. In the meantime, we will do our best to keep
you updated by e-mails or phone calls.
For those of you who have not paid their yearly
membership dues, you can send them to our treasurer, Terry
Schildt. If you aren't sure if you've paid, Terry will
be able to check his records. His number is 301 824-
6354. Dues are $10 per member and $5 per associate
your check out to CWA Local 2105 RMC
and send it to Terry Schildt,
14319 Edgemont Rd.
Smithsburg, MD 21783. If
you have already paid, thank you!
a reminder that several scholarships are available to children
or grandchildren of CWA members and retirees.
Our CWA Local 2105 scholarship was originally established in
2007 in memory of Jim Farris, and a few years ago was changed
to the Local 2105 Memorial Scholarship, in memory of all of
our deceased members.
The application and
accompanying information must be
postmarked no later than June 21,
the CWA-Joe Beirne Scholarship is available.
Applications are due by April 30, 2021. Here is the
One other important item of interest :
will be nominations for the offices of President,
Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer at the July 20, 2021
meeting of our Retirees Chapter. We hope you will give this
some serious thought between now and July.
Local Retiree Chapter was started in 1993 . Since that
time, a number of dedicated folks have stepped in to the
various offices. Your current officers have been serving
in their positions for quite some time. We are
grateful for your support, but it is very likely that not all
of us will run for office again.
Please realize that if no one runs for these offices, our
chapter will probably disband.
are a lot of you out there who lead busy, productive and vital
lives. We hope you will consider stepping up and being a
part of the running of our chapter.
term is for three years. As you know, we meet four times
per year. If you become an officer, we will gladly help
you with any training you need. The most important
requirement is to be committed to serving our members.
care and be well,
Roger, Dick, Vickie and Terry
"Life and Personal Events Info."
I wanted to share this and
remind people about the additional death benefit offered by
Verizon which was bargained for in 1986. Thanks to John
Shickman for sending this reminder.
Written below is
some important information and I would suggest that you print
it, put it in a safe place and make sure that someone in your
family knows about it. Also, I would recommend that you call
the benefits center and have them send you a written
confirmation. Keep in mind that this benefit will not come
automatically - a surviving spouse needs to initiate a call to
the company Benefits Center to receive the money.
the Verizon Pension plan, a death benefit is available to
members and retirees who were on the Bell Atlantic Payroll as
of August 9, 1986. This benefit is over and above the life
insurance our members currently receive from Verizon.
Verizon's basic life insurance is one year's salary at the
time of death, or what your salary was when you retired. This
benefit reduces at age 65 and goes to half of your final
salary at age 70.
The additional death benefit is a
single cash payment. Based on your salary as of August 1986,
with a maximum payable of $39,000, this amount does not reduce
with age. This benefit would go to your mandatory beneficiary.
You cannot name a beneficiary for this death benefit. The
beneficiaries for this benefit are called "mandatory
beneficiaries." lf you are married at the time of your death,
the mandatory beneficiary is your spouse as long as your
spouse is living with you at the time of your death. lf you do
not have a spouse, your mandatory beneficiaries are your
unmarried dependent children under age 23, or any age if
disabled and incapable of self-support. Your parents who are
dependent upon you for support are also eligible. lf there is
more than one mandatory beneficiary when you die, Verizon's
Bell Atlantic Claims Committee will determine how the benefit
is paid to your surviving beneficiaries.
that you call the Verizon Benefits Center at 1 855-489-2367 to
confirm that you qualify for this death benefit. The system
will ask you for the last four digits of your social security
number, your date of birth and your zip code. Be sure you ask
them to send you a letter or certificate acknowledging this
When you call the Benefits Center, ask for
"Life and Personal Events." This group is trained on how to
calculate your qualifications and will determine the benefit
and send you a confirmation. A family member has one year from
the time of death to collect this benefit.
and be well,
New HCBC for Frontier Active and Retired
TAC Coordinator and ACFC Coordinator
Toll Free 855-351-4856
SPOC for All Members
As the CWA Health Care Benefits Coordinator, Christy will be
available to assist Frontier employees and
retirees within the CWA2105 bargaining unit with questions
and/or problems regarding the Company’s health care plans,
including, but not limited to, Medical, Dental, Vision, and
Sickness Disability. Frontier CWA2105
bargaining unit members (active and retired) are encouraged to
contact Christy for assistance related to benefits, Family
Medical Leave Act, Care of Newborn Child/Gradual Return to Work,
As the CWA Training Liaison, Christy will chair the Training
Advisory Council (TAC) and facilitate the programs of the
Council. The TAC is a joint Frontier-CWA committee responsible
for developing programs in the areas of employment security
training and continuing education.
As the CWA Advisory Council on Family Care Coordinator, Christy
will chair the Advisory Council on Family Care (ACFC) and
facilitate the programs of the Council. The ACFC will be a joint
Frontier-CWA Committee focusing on family care assistance and
education for represented employees.
Medical, Dental, Vision,
Disability and Enrollment Issues
Medical, Dental, Vision,
Disability and Enrollment Issues
Mid Atlantic Retirees
Medical, Dental and
The HCBC's can handle issues from
any active or retired Mid-Atlantic CWA (NJ,
PA,DE,MD,DC,VA,WV) represented members, regardless of their home
LOCAL 2105 RETIREES CHAPTER OFFICERS ARE:
PRESIDENT : Roger
VICE-PRESIDENT : Dick Ebersole 301-797-3335
TREASURER : Terry Schilt 301-824-6354
SECRETARY : Vickie Layton 301-223-1486
2 West Potomac
Parkway, Williamsport, MD 21795 Phone: 301-582-2105 Fax: 301-223-7160
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