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  • WCT teachers' Recognitions

    New York Association of School Psychologists President Elect:

    Elizabeth Rizzi (JJ)



    Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award:

    Rebecca Zilinski (JJ) 

    NYS Art Teacher's Association Teacher of the Year:

    Robyn Talbot (JJ)
     

    Nancy Beiner (JJ) recognized by former student, Shannon Herrmann with Rose I Kelly Award  from University of Scranton Pennsylvania for Excellence in Teaching.


    Patricia Fitzgibbon (RCK) received National Board Certification 2016: Early Childhood through young adulthood/Exceptional Needs AND Martha Jones (OG) National Board Certification in Elementary Art
      

     

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      UNITED WE PROSPER

      Dear Colleagues,

      The Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in The Janus v. AFSCME case on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The 5-4 decision dealt a huge blow to organized labor, ruling that non-union members no longer have to pay their “fair share” for union representation in collective bargaining negotiations. As you know, we have been preparing for this unfortunate outcome and have taken proactive steps to educate our members in order to protect and preserve your hard-fought benefits.

      Your signed pledge to the Wappingers Congress of Teachers affords you the level of representation and benefits you have earned as a memeber in good standing, including:

        *  Legal defense and representation services above and beyond that which is defined in the local union's collective barganining agreement provided by NYSUT legal such as but not limited to:

                 ♦ Ed. Law 3020-a. Disciplinary proceedings by the district to terminate a tenured member.
                 ♦ Part 83. Moral fitness hearings. Any information indicating that an individual holding a teaching certificate has committed an act which raises a reasonable question as to theindividual's moral character. 
                 ♦ Ed. Law 913. Authorizes a board of education to have a medical examination of an employee conducted when questions arise as to the employee's physical or mental health.

      * Tenure denials

      * Layoff, seniority lists and recall rights (Preferred Eligibility List claims)

      * Certification issues

      * Disability retirement applications

      * Improper Practice Charge proceedings before NYS Public Employment Relations Board

      * Worker’s Compensation claims

      * Family and Medical Leave Act claims

      * Discrimination complaints

      Your uninterrupted membership and support of our organization will also afford you continued WCT Welfare Trust Fund Benefits in retirement which includes:

      ♦ Optical/Vision Care/Laser Vision Correction

      ♦ Dental

      ♦ Hearing aid

      ♦ Prescription Co-Payment Reimbursement ($200 plus $5 per subsequent prescription)

      ♦ Medical Co-Payment/Co-Insurance Reimbursement ($300 plus 1%)

      ♦ Life Insurance

      ♦ Legal Services Program which includes over 25 benefits

      ♦ Financial Counseling Program

      In the near future, you may be contacted by wealthy special interests organizations to dissuade you from being a union member. These affluent groups have been fighting for years to undercut the aforementioned benefits. Fortunately, we have been meticulously preparing for this outcome, and are ready to stand together and be the UNION!

      Rest assured that the leadership of the WCT will remain vigilant and will keep the membership informed throughout this process. Relax and enjoy the rest of the summer!

      In Solidarity,

      Pasquale Delli Carpini

      WCT President


      MANDATORY MAIL ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS

      Dear DEHIC Participants:

      This is to inform you of an important update from the DEHIC Board of Trustees that will positively impact the prescription drug benefit of the Alternate PPO, Healthy Advantage PPO, and EPO Select 20 beginning July 1, 2018.  This important update is estimated to save the health plan $2.2M over the next plan year.

      During the Board of Trustee’s meeting held on January 24, 2018; a motion was made to approve the introduction of Mandatory Mail Order Coverage for prescription drug maintenance medications.

      By definition, maintenance medications are those drugs used to treat chronic, long-term conditions taken on a regular and recurring basis.  Examples of chronic conditions requiring this type of treatment include but are not limited to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.  DEHIC members currently have an opportunity to obtain their maintenance medication through the mail order process under Express Scripts, Inc. The process is currently voluntary and members are able to obtain a 90-day supply for two copayments.

      Beginning on July 1, 2018; members will be required to obtain their maintenance medications through Express Scripts, Inc. This process will save time and money (two copayments for 90-day supply remains in place).  You will no longer need to make a trip to the pharmacy, as the medication will be delivered directly to the home address.  If members will be away from the home for extended periods of time, the medication can easily be re-directed upon request.  An extended period of time is 3 or more months.

      We have included materials for your review that explain the process for you as well as a list of maintenance medications. This material can be found in two locations of the website: under "Headlines", and under "Benefits-Health Care." You can also find the same materials on the WCT app under "What's New."  The attached list of medications is subject to change by Express Scripts, Inc; so it is important to periodically check with Empire Customer Service on such updates.

      Although this does not go into effect until July 1, 2018; please enroll sooner than later so that any issues that may arise can be worked out.  To ease into the transition beginning July 1, 2018; members will be allowed to obtain two prescription fills at their pharmacy if they have forgotten to enroll in the mail order service.  After that, they must use the mail order service, or will have to pay the full cost of the prescription out of pocket.  Should members forget to use the mail order service beginning July 1, 2018; a letter will be sent to the member from Express Scripts, Inc.; within 2 weeks after each fill at the pharmacy. The letter will remind the member to use mail order, as well as, the ways in which they can sign up.  A phone number will be included for additional member support. 

      Please take the time to review your medications so that you can check the list to see what maintenance drugs are covered.  Remember this will be mandatory as of July 1, 2018.

      In Solidarity,

      Pasquale Delli Carpini

      WCT President
       

      May 2018 Dear DEHIC Participants: This is to inform you of an important update from the DEHIC Board of Trustees that will positively impact the prescription drug benefit of the Alternate PPO, Healthy Advantage PPO, and EPO Select 20 beginning July 1, 2018.  This important update is estimated to save the health plan $2.2M over the next plan year.
      Read More...
      Download: HDComplete Member.pdf , BIG SAVINGS Express Scripts Final Copy.pdf , Maintenance Drug List BCBS.pdf

      Our summer hours will be 10 am – 3 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

       

      Summer Legal Days :                           

      July 25th  

      August 8th                                          

      August 22nd

      Summer Financial Days:

      July 25th

      August 22nd

      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers is offering up to $150 as a grant to each school to further the character education of our students and promote bully prevention programs in the Wappingers Central School District.
      Read More...
      Download: Character Ed Bully Grant Application 2016.doc
      On Thursday, August 18th, in collaboration with the WCSD, the Wappingers Congress of Teachers welcomed approximately 30 new teachers to our ranks. More than half of the new teachers are Wappingers graduates! After spending the morning at Central Office, the teachers took a yellow school bus over to their new union office where they were served a hearty lunch. Several were joined by their mentors.
      Read More...

      Read More...
      Download: Mobile App Flyer 2.0 - v2 - 100517.pdf

      Read More...
      Download: SKM_C554e17102014080.pdf
      The committee was formed from the WCT’s Local Action Project (LAP) during the 2017-2018 school year in response to the growing substance abuse epidemic in Dutchess County and the impact on our members, students and community-at-large. We function under the belief that education is imperative to the prevention and successful treatment of those with a substance abuse disorder. Moreover, we know that the stigma associated with substance abuse must be diminished in order to appropriately care for a person with a substance use disorder, as well as all those involved in substance abuse including the family, friends and co-workers.
      Read More...
      Download: WCT Addiction Prevention and Education Committee Vocabulary.pdf
      Once you have logged in successfully, you can follow these directions to verify your information:
      If you would like to check and/or change the telephone or email information at any time, you can sign into the website and follow these steps:
      1. Under Member Resources, click on "Member Home"
      2. Click on the "Account Settings"
      3. Update whichever information you would like to edit
      4. Scroll down and click "Save Settings"
      Your union, your benefits, when you need them, at your fingertips! The WCT has integrated the contents of our website with a customized app for both iPhone and Android where you can enjoy your union benefits and communication in a convenient and easy way.  Simple navigation, quick links to the places you need to visit, your contract, your forms, and blogs, and much more.
      Read More...
      May 2018 Dear DEHIC Participants: This is to inform you of an important update from the DEHIC Board of Trustees that will positively impact the prescription drug benefit of the Alternate PPO, Healthy Advantage PPO, and EPO Select 20 beginning July 1, 2018.  This important update is estimated to save the health plan $2.2M over the next plan year.
      Read More...
      Download: HDComplete Member.pdf , BIG SAVINGS Express Scripts Final Copy.pdf , Maintenance Drug List BCBS.pdf

      Our summer hours will be 10 am – 3 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

       

      Summer Legal Days :                           

      July 25th  

      August 8th                                          

      August 22nd

      Summer Financial Days:

      July 25th

      August 22nd

      The Wappingers Congress of Teachers is offering up to $150 as a grant to each school to further the character education of our students and promote bully prevention programs in the Wappingers Central School District.
      Read More...
      Download: Character Ed Bully Grant Application 2016.doc
      On Thursday, August 18th, in collaboration with the WCSD, the Wappingers Congress of Teachers welcomed approximately 30 new teachers to our ranks. More than half of the new teachers are Wappingers graduates! After spending the morning at Central Office, the teachers took a yellow school bus over to their new union office where they were served a hearty lunch. Several were joined by their mentors.
      Read More...

      Read More...
      Download: Mobile App Flyer 2.0 - v2 - 100517.pdf

      Read More...
      Download: SKM_C554e17102014080.pdf
      The committee was formed from the WCT’s Local Action Project (LAP) during the 2017-2018 school year in response to the growing substance abuse epidemic in Dutchess County and the impact on our members, students and community-at-large. We function under the belief that education is imperative to the prevention and successful treatment of those with a substance abuse disorder. Moreover, we know that the stigma associated with substance abuse must be diminished in order to appropriately care for a person with a substance use disorder, as well as all those involved in substance abuse including the family, friends and co-workers.
      Read More...
      Download: WCT Addiction Prevention and Education Committee Vocabulary.pdf
      Once you have logged in successfully, you can follow these directions to verify your information:
      If you would like to check and/or change the telephone or email information at any time, you can sign into the website and follow these steps:
      1. Under Member Resources, click on "Member Home"
      2. Click on the "Account Settings"
      3. Update whichever information you would like to edit
      4. Scroll down and click "Save Settings"
      Your union, your benefits, when you need them, at your fingertips! The WCT has integrated the contents of our website with a customized app for both iPhone and Android where you can enjoy your union benefits and communication in a convenient and easy way.  Simple navigation, quick links to the places you need to visit, your contract, your forms, and blogs, and much more.
      Read More...

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