Our Local Union currently receives full-time health & welfare benefits from a large healthcare insurance provider in our area. These H&W benefits are superior to that of the "Enhanced C6" plan offered by TeamCare of Central States. The entire part-time work force in our local wishes to receive benefits from the same insurance provider as their full-time coworkers. Question(s): Why would the IBT (hall/Hoffa) prevent our Local from including the part-time work force with this same healthcare insurance provider as their FT coworkers? The reason given is that the National Master was passed which precludes any and all language of the supplemental agreements. While this may be the case, why wouldn't the IBT give each Local the autonomy to negotiate their own health care benefits for their part-time members as they are able to for their full-time members? From the IBT Website: Review your local union bylaws. Each Teamster local is autonomous and has its own set of rules and guidelines. hall/Hoffa - Please know that you are making a serious mistake by not allowing our Local as well as others to negotiate their own health and welfare benefits. You make us join an inferior plan that benefits someone else rather than UPS Teamsters. The CS Enhanced C6 and R6 plan is inferior to the plan that our Local is able to negotiate with our area health insurance provider just as it is inferior to the UPS plan we have now. Our Local has unanimously signed a petition asking you (hall) to allow us to be in a plan with our full-time brothers and sisters. Please know that each and everyone of us will only become more disillusioned with the IBT if we are not able to stand with our Local Brothers and Sisters and share in their superior H&W plan. This issue was a significant factor in the failure of our regional supplement and state rider.