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New and Noteworthy (Sep 11, 2014)

To:           TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 Members
From:       TEAM Office
Date:        September 11, 2014
Re:           New and Noteworthy

From the Office

  • New Board Meeting Minutes and Reports have been posted.
  • TEAM participated in a Day of Caring at MacDonald Youth Services to kickoff MTS’s United Way Campaign.  Please consider increasing your pledge.
  • TEAM AGM will be held November 12,13 & 14.

2014 TEAM Annual Scholarships

  • The TEAM Board has made significant changes to the Annual Scholarships.  For the first time, in addition to scholarships awarded to the children of members, up to four TEAM members pursuing their own development will be eligible for scholarships of $500 each. Scholarship details and application forms.

Pension and Benefits

Defined Benefit Pension Plan Award Implementation

  • Just in case you missed it, the most recent joint memo is here.  We are unable to share more with you at this time.

Blue Cross Health Plan

  • The plan re-opener deadline is this Friday!
  • Members already enrolled in the Extended Health Plan will have received a new Blue Cross card, now with Travel Health coverage:
  • Covers charges for emergency, surgical, and hospital services and related expenses incurred outside the province of residence (including outside Canada) as a result of an unexpected accident or illness.
  • Benefits are based on the balance not covered by Manitoba Health or your provincial health care plan.

The TEAM office can provide more details on request.

Eye Exam Reimbursement

  •  In accordance with Article 29 – Eye Exams, employees are eligible to claim reimbursement of up to $80 every two years.  Claim forms are available on Our Source>Forums >Eye Exam Reimbursement.


  • German car and truck maker Daimler, has implemented a new program that allows employees to set their email software to automatically delete incoming emails while they are on vacation… read more
  • Daimler's move follows Volkswagen's decision to turn email off after office hours and new guidelines in France ordering workers in some sectors to ignore work emails when they go home!
  • Union Advantage 2014:  There were 196,100 union members working in Manitoba in 2013 – about 36% of the province’s workforce.  On average those workers earned $6.10/hour more ($7.85/hour more for women) because their unions negotiated fair wages and work hours.  The fair wages and work hours that unions negotiated delivered nearly $43.3 million more every week into the provincial economy through better paycheques.

TEAM-IFPTE Local 161
204-984-9470 or 1-877-984-9470