Healthcare Increase - Calling IBT

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by gorgar111, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. gorgar111

    gorgar111 New Member

    My healthcare premiums are going to go up over $2200as a result of the healthcare changes! My manager told me that the FedEx pilots will not be impacted by the change (of course) and that the FedEx aircraft mechanics are being given a very "healthy" increase next year to cover the increase and then some. And I thought the fact that I make $10/hr less than the UPS driver in my area (Charlotte, NC), who by the way gets free healthcare, was bad.

    Watch the views on this one. Mr. FedEx, you were right to suspect something was up with the sharp increase in activity on this forum of late.
  2. Ricochet1a

    Ricochet1a New Member

    It has been awhile since I posted here - been very busy with both work while fitting in "subversive activity" on the side... :wink2:

    I was forwarded the latest Express mailing to review by a friend that still works there. Yes indeed, health care premiums and deductibles are rising - what happens when you don't have a union contract or have executive management fearing unionization is imminent...

    Given the real "expense" of a health plan for a family (assuming you purchase a plan on the open market) - along with the real increase in health care over the past year - it looks like all the increase in health care expenses are being passed directly to the non-union employees of Express (everyone but the pilots and senior execs). In otherwords, the employees are taking all the cost increases as direct increases to their premiums and deductibles while Express is holding their expense at a constant.

    With the FedEx Premier option, an employee with family is picking up roughly 25-30% of the total expense of having a health care plan. This DOESN'T account for the decreasing number of providers who are accepting the rate schedule put out by Anthem and CIGNA - meaning more and more providers are becoming "out of network". This drives up out of pocket expenses even more.

    If you are young, healthy and without a family, you can get away with the FedEx Choice option, and have that as a more or less catastrophic plan.

    If you are middle aged, have a health issue or two and a family, you are going to take it in the shorts this time around and really should look at either supplemental insurance or hope your spouse can provide dual coverage.

    As far as the IBT (lots of conversations going on there...) if you were to "call them", they'd state one thing.


    Until and unless a union is certified - they aren't going to do a thing - if Express employees won't certify a union, why in the hell SHOULD the IBT do anything except lend a sympathetic ear and then forward you a bundle of union representation cards to sign?

    Why do you think the mechanics are going to get a nice little boost to their bottom line?

    Because they are the number one group that Express fears would unionize if they push them too much. The mechanics are the "canaries in the coal mine". From Express' point of view, as long as they can keep the mechanics happy, then they don't need to worry about the Couriers. Given the surplus of CDL holders in the country, Express isn't too worried about the RTD's unionizing (they'd be locked out).

    As far as the replacement "powerpads" for Express being the same as Ground - all planned...

    All it would take now is one major software revision and FedEx could have volume delivered (or moved) by whatever opco they please. I'm hearing there are massive problems with battery life, intermittent reception with dispatch and slower operation than the old powerpad. All problems which are being ironed out.

    There has also been some rather curious activity as far as hiring additional dispatchers (check your JCATS2). Additional dispatchers are looking to be added to Express dispatch offices, while at the same time efforts are being made to combine Ground and Express dispatch operations into a single entity. The next sign of the "change" will be the enabling of same day on call pickups for Ground service - supposedly will happen sometime next year.

    Since there hasn't been any real upswelling of signed union representation cards with the IBT - doubtful the increase in health care costs will cause any real changes there except among the mechanics, who will be taken care of - Express isn't anticipating any real problems with the Couriers.

    So again, my advice to the current Couriers is to get out as soon as you can, or look forward to your career being converted into a part-time job with ever diminishing benefits. I've used the analogy of a frog in a kettle of water over a flame before - and it still holds. The temperature just jumped a few degrees in that kettle of water... what are you going to do about it?

    Are you still holding out for a massive pay increase in March??? :dissapointed:

    Unless you are a mechanic, you'll get a few percent and after you account for your increased health care premiums along with the ever present inflation, you'll have lost even more ground - as you have been since 2008 in real terms.

    Think about it, from Express' point of view, they got away with gutting a pension plan that was worth about 15% of your gross per year, and replacing it with one that is worth 5% of your gross per year (if you are younger than 50 - which the overwhelming majority of wage employees are).

    Express got away with that just over 4 years ago now. They did lose a number of people (myself included), but they maintained the revolving door and are getting the volume out (albeit with more accidents and RDLs). All part of the cost of doing business from their point of view.

    Where do you think you fit within that grand equation of maximizing profits while your standard of living decreases year after year?

    Either get out of Express or sign union representation cards with the IBT (they are the only game in town - believe me, I and others did legwork and confirmed no other unions will even TOUCH Express). Or you can bend over, let Express take away more and more each year until they figure they no longer need you - which will happen sooner rather than later...
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011
  3. franknitty

    franknitty Member

    Stop The Presses !

    We had are meeting with the HR last week, and couple things raised my eyebrows. 1) he said don't forget to make your selection for are healthcare coverage, because if you do and your in the Employee Only category, the employees could possibly, AUTOMATICALLY bumped into the Employee & Family category for 2012. What ? Most of the employees in the room mouths hit the floor ! Myself, along with 2 other courier were discussing this issue for a while after work.

    2) The Life Insurance changes: If your full-time you'll have two options: either you can select to have $50,000 coverage, or the option of the coverage that's based on 2.5 x your yearly earnings, which I think could come up to $150,000 (If I'm wording the 2nd option incorrectly someone plz assist me). Anyways, the big news about option #2 is that if you elect to take this option, you're gonna get TAXED on it ! So it looks to me like Fedex wants up to take the $50,000 coverage, and to selection Fedex Choice option instead of Premier.
  4. franknitty

    franknitty Member

    Okay I found it in that Enrollment Newspaper Fedex sent to us in the mail, in the section Basic Life Insurance Benefit, and paragraph 2 reads as follows: "Since Basic Life Insurance is Company-paid, coverage that exceeds $50,000 must be added to an employee's taxable earnings in the form of imputed income. This means that employees must pay taxes on the value of coverage over $50,000. Page 7, in the lower right hand corner. Oh yeah, Optional Life insurance is increasing as well. Surprised ?
  5. MsFO

    MsFO New Member

    I couldn't help but notice the thread. Allow me to share my 2 cents. Currently I work for Express and yes there's quite a bit of talk going around our district over increased healthcare costs.

    Starting Jan 2012 Individual/Family Health
    (East Coast CIGNA)

    Premier: almost 100% coverage
    Choice: upwards of 70% coverage

    Individual 'Premier'
    Deductible: $300 / Out of Pocket Max: $2k

    Family 'Premier'
    Deductible: $900 / Out of Pocket Max: $6k

    The costs almost double if you are out of the network.

    Individual 'Choice'
    Deductible: $1k / Out of Pocket Max: $5,250

    Family 'Choice'
    Deductible: $2k / Out of Pocket Max: $10,500

    ^not incl Vision/Dental

    As a courier I make $15+/hr * 30hrs. Can I really afford these 'benefit' options? Better yet does anyone truly care? I heard Ground was trying to go union but it failed.

    Freight, National, Ground, Express & Office need to band together.
  6. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Blame that on yourselves. Americans had a few options in the past to get National Healthcare for half the price. But voted it down each time around.
    You'ld think companies would just pay the extra, never ending increases. - Well, they can't. Not at a nearly 10% rate hike each year.

    Another reason I'm happy to live in Canada.