Day Care and Severance
We wanted to make sure you saw the Company's recent announcement about day care: providing access to Bright Horizons Centers for back-up child care and in-home elder care. The co-pay is $15 per child ($25 per family) per day of service.
It's available in New York, LA and Washington right now — and will be available everywhere across the US in September.
This is much the same as the child care access proposal IAPE made in contract bargaining last year — and although we didn't win everything we wanted, we did improve reimbursement for emergency child care: up to $120 per day, with a maximum of $600 a year. The new DJ program does not alter the $120/$600 emergency child care provisions of the contract.
If you have any questions about the new program, the Company has designated Mildred Stegman in Human Resources as the primary contact.
At the same time we have had a couple of questions about severance pay — and shift differential — for those who are losing a job because of outsourcing. As provided by the new contract, outsourcing victims are entitled to their regular severance, based on years of service AND an additional 4 weeks' pay — and those calculations are supposed to include shift differentials you earn on your regular schedule. If you have any questions, call Union Organizer Tim Martell at 609-275-6020.
As always, if you need me, let me know.
IAPE CWA 1096