Benefits Conferences Continue in Jersey, Norfolk


October 2017


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The Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan (SHBP) wrapped up the first segment of a series of informational conferences late last month. The most recent gatherings took place Aug. 28 at the SIU hall in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Aug. 30 at the hall in Norfolk, Virginia.


The conferences are scheduled to resume later this year, as follows: Dec. 11 in Tacoma, Washington; Dec. 12 in Wilmington, California; and Dec. 13 in Oakland, California. As previously reported, conferences also have already taken place at the halls in New Orleans; Houston; Jacksonville, Florida; and in Piney Point, Maryland.


Designed to educate rank-and-filemembers as well as union employees, the conferences focus on various Seafarers Plans. Conference goals include making enrollees aware of benefits available to them under each plan. Special emphasis is placed on points that plan participants may not know about.


Thus far, the meetings have featured remarks by SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel; Seafarers Plans Administrator Maggie Bowen; Seafarers Plans Benefits Director Teresa Zelko; and CIGNA Representative Melissa Smith.


Plans officials point out that conferences specifically for SIU members will commence at 10:30 a.m. at each location and continue until approximately noon. The events are open to members, pensioners and their families.


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