Save-On-Foods members qualify for benefits faster

UFCW 1518 members working at Save-On-Foods will now be eligible for health benefits after working for six months, reducing the qualification period significantly.

“The wait time for benefits is now cut in half. It’s a major win for our members,” said Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak. “It acknowledges the reality that workers need benefits in order to be healthy and live well. Every employer should want that for their employees.”

The union negotiated the six-month reduction in benefits qualification at the bargaining table earlier this year, but it was subject to approval by the Health and Welfare Trust. At a meeting earlier this week, the trustees approved the change, which will be effective November 1 and include MSP, extended health benefits and dental coverage.

As of November 1 any member who has worked with Save-On-Foods for six months and averages 24 hours per week over 13 consecutive weeks will be eligible for the Employee Benefit Plan. Members are reminded to contact their shop steward if they have any questions about filling out the benefit plan forms that will be sent to their store.

The trustees also approved the Short Term Disability Plan for non-Grid A members, also negotiated during bargaining for the 2018 reopener. The Benefits Committee will meet later this month to finalize eligibility requirements, coverage and implementation.

Secretary-Treasurer Novak added that she expects to have more information by the end of October and for the plan to be effective as soon as the details have been finalized.