June 2016

1199SEIU Members Take Advantage of New Online Pension Estimate

More than 2,200 1199SEIU working members have accessed the new online pension estimate request feature through its secure member portal "My Account" at www.1199SEIUBenefits.org. The feature, launched in April, allows members to view their estimates within 48 hours. In addition to requesting a pension estimate, members can also review their personal information and make any necessary updates, such as change of address, work dates and employers. (The Fund reminds members that their estimates may change once their employers and the Social Security Administration verify their employment information.) Of course, members may still request a pension estimate by contacting the Fund's Pension Department at (646) 473-8666.

Watch for details on a new, guided online pension application, which will allow members to apply for their pensions easily and conveniently from the location of their choice.

1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees Meet this Month

The 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees will hold their Joint Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 23, at the New York Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Bruce C. Vladeck. A widely recognized expert in healthcare policy, Dr. Vladeck is a former head of the Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, and is currently a senior policy advisor to the Greater New York Hospital Association. Dr. Vladeck will deliver the 1199SEIU/League Labor-Management Health Benefits Subcommittee's report at the Joint Annual Meeting. He is also expected to offer his insights into the current and future state of healthcare in the U.S.

For more information about the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting, please contact Daphne Lewis at (646) 473-8407 or Daphne.Lewis@1199Funds.org.

Bronx Learning Collaborative Boosts 1199SEIU Members' Skills and Improves Patient Outcomes

This spring, 19 1199SEIU members underwent training offered through the Bronx Healthcare Learning Collaborative, which incorporated the nationally recognized Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) workforce development education program. Of these 19 members, 15 of the newly trained, bilingual Patient Care Technicians are still available for work. Designed for adult learners and full-time workers who want to improve their skills and advance their careers, I-BEST employs such best practices as offering evening and weekend classes, tutoring support, academic and career counseling, and on-site child-care services.

The Bronx Healthcare Learning Collaborative is a partnership among the 1199SEIU/League Training and Upgrading Fund, Bronx healthcare employers, the Union and the City University of New York. Founded in 2011, the Collaborative aims to improve health outcomes for residents of the Bronx by increasing the number of bilingual --- especially Spanish-speaking --- healthcare workers involved in direct patient care.

Participants in the yearlong program improved their English-language skills and learned about the need for cultural competency in the healthcare industry. Fifteen participants who speak two languages completed the English Language Skills, Cultural Competency and Patient Care Technician training, which includes Certified Nurse Assistant, phlebotomy, electrocardiogram (EKG) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Four additional members completed the Patient Care Technician course only. For more information, please contact Raquel Batista at Raquel.Batista@1199Funds.org or (718) 562-3667, x8212.  

Training and Employment Funds' Annual Trustees Meeting and Retreat Set for June 29 and 30

The 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds' (TEF) leadership and trustees will kick off a strategic planning process for the Funds on June 29 and 30 at Hilton Pearl River, New Jersey. In light of ongoing changes in the healthcare industry and new TEF leadership, this meeting is of critical importance.

Child Care Fund Sleep-Away Camp Programs Benefit Children --- and Parents

This summer, more than 800 children of 1199SEIU members will attend the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation's Anne Shore Camp Program. Open to eligible children ages 9 to 15, the Anne Shore program offers boys and girls the opportunity to attend one of 17 summer sleep-away camps in locations from New Jersey to Vermont. All of the camps are certified by the American Camp Association and give children the opportunity to develop social skills and self-reliance in a safe, supportive environment. Activities include archery, performing arts, gymnastics, swimming, kayaking and sailing.

In February and April, 1199SEIU members' children spent their school vacations taking part in the 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Fund's Holiday Sleep-Away Program. The April session of the program gave 114 pre-teens and teens a five-day, four-night sleep-away camp experience that coincided with New York City's public school break, which is critically important to working parents. In all, 86 children between the ages of 8 and 13 attended the Fresh Air Fund's Camp Mariah in Fishkill, New York, while 28 children ages 14 to 17 attended Hands In 4 Youth (formerly Camp Vacamas) in West Milford, New Jersey. Both camps offer a host of activities such as music and dance classes, arts and crafts, and nature walks.

For more information about the Anne Shore Camp Program or the Holiday Sleep-Away Program, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf or call (212) 564-2220.

The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs
The 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund assists 1199SEIU members in staying abreast of developments in their fields, helping them to provide quality care and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Please share these opportunities with 1199SEIU employees at your institution. The schedule is also available on the ICE calendar at www.1199SEIUFunds.org/continuing-ed-events/

Saturday, June 4
8:45 am to 4:30 pm
This six-hour interdisciplinary program has been accredited for a number of healthcare practitioners. The program will be offered at the New York Times Conference Center, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan. Live videocast and live webcast (Internet) will also be available.

The "Active Shooter" & EMS 
Thursday, June 9 
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm 
This three-hour workshop, presented in collaboration with law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel, will increase participants' knowledge, skill and ability to operate safely and responsibly in "active shooter" situations. It has been accredited for paramedics and emergency medical technicians. Other healthcare practitioners are welcome to attend. The program will be offered onsite only in the Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center, 330 West 42nd Street, 33rd Floor (Penthouse), Manhattan.

Free prep courses are also available for national certification exams and New York State Licensure examinations for several positions, including social workers and clinical lab technologists. For more information, please visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute or contact the Training and Upgrading Fund's Institute for Continuing Education at (212) 894-4390 or Institute@1199Funds.org.

In This Issue
1199SEIU Members Take Advantage of New Online Pension Estimate
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees Meet this Month
Bronx Learning Collaborative Boosts 1199SEIU Members' Skills and Improves Patient Outcomes
Training and Employment Funds' Annual Trustees Meeting and Retreat Set for June 29 and 30
Child Care Fund Sleep-Away Camp Programs Benefit Children - and Parents
The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Presents Upcoming Programs

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