UPTE Los Alamos Reporter

January 2014 • Published by University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE)
Local 1663

LANL employees suffer reduced benefits and higher costs as
co-pays and deductibles rise under inferior health plans

By limiting plan choices to the PPO and the HDHP (high deductible), LANS has managed to reduce its overall health care costs (including a small reduction in the employee share of the semi-monthly premiums).  

So, while employees may pay a little less toward the premium, most of the savings go to LANS, and those small savings to participating employees will be wiped out as employees will have to pay a lot more out-of-pocket when they use the plan because co-pays, deductibles and other costs will increase significantly.

And, of course, no one was asked.  That’s what it means to have no say.

We can have a say – through our union, UPTE-CWA
Although UPTE-CWA is not yet the recognized union for LANL employees under the National Labor Relations Act, LANL employees can and must band together now to pressure the LANL on important issues like health care.

If LANL management doesn’t hear any organized objection to the way it is handling health insurance costs and other issues, it may well assume we are all happy with what it has done.

UPTE-CWA leaders at LANL take the view that this most recent cost shifting amounts to a wage reduction, and is therefore unfair to all LANL employees. 

We have a voice. Let’s use it!
If you agree that LANL employees should have a say about their health insurance and a voice at work through UPTE-CWA, then please do the following:

  • Join UPTE-CWA by e-mailing us or phoning us at (505) 490-6054. In order for LANL management to hear us better, we need more LANL employees to become UPTE members.
  • If you are already an UPTE member, talk to your co-workers about joining UPTE-CWA.  There is strength in numbers!
  • Volunteer to help the UPTE-CWA Local 1663 officers with identifying worker concerns and developing solutions, organizing, improving our work conditions and our local communities.
  • Plan to attend the UPTE membership meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m., where, among other topics, we will discuss and decide on our response to the increase in health care costs. The meeting will take place at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos. If you are not already an UPTE member, you are welcome to come and join at the January 28 meeting. 

What is UPTE-CWA?
University Professional & Technical Employees is a member-run, democratic union of over 15,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals at the 10 University of California campuses and 5 UC medical centers, the Livermore National Lab in California and the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico.

In UPTE-CWA, decisions are democratically made by the members and their elected representatives. UPTE is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, a national union of over 700,000 workers in the communication sector and other industries.
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UPTE Local 1663 |  lanl@upte-cwa.org  |  (505) 490-6054  | www.upte.org/LosAlamos