Steelworkers is taking aim at ArcelorMittal for initiating open enrollment
for 2016 insurance benefits without input from the union.
The USW released
the following statement this morning:
for a new labor agreement are ongoing, ArcelorMittal management has
initiated open enrollment for 2016 insurance benefits without any input from
our union. In a similarly unilateral fashion, the company has shortened the
time period for employees to elect benefit changes.
USW and ArcelorMittal have worked together to ensure a smooth open
enrollment process. On several occasions in negotiations over the course of
the past three months, we sought to clarify specific dates and company
contacts for open enrollment, but ArcelorMittal did not respond. We object
to their actions and disagree with their approach.
“Moreover, it is
unfortunate that management chose to reduce the time period: nevertheless,
everyone who wants to change their coverage options or enroll in the
Flexible Spending Account (FSA) should do so.
“If you make any
coverage changes or decide to enroll in an FSA, retain proof of your
submission. Acceptable proof of submission includes email, fax delivery
confirmation, and certified mail receipt.
“We urge anyone who
requests changes to make a copy of the election form, since we cannot trust
“If you are neither
changing coverage options nor enrolling in an FSA, there is no need to
“Please feel free
to contact your local union benefits representative or call the open
enrollment help line at (866) 268-3489 with questions regarding your