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Cost of living increase coming for members on LTD

The Consultative Committee on Staff Benefits has approved a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for a significant number of employees receiving Long Term Disability benefits who do not have automatic inflation protection. The 2% increase applies to members who went on LTD between 2002 and Dec. 31, 2009. It comes into effect on Jan. 1, 2011 and will be retroactive to July 1, 2010. Only those employees who are still on LTD on Jan. 1, 2011 will be eligible for this particular increase.

We should note that members who have been on LTD since *before* 2002 automatically receive an adjustment of up to 2% each year. That automatic adjustment ended in 2003 because of the financial shape the plan was in. The CCSB has made adjustments to the benefits as the condition of the plan improved, but the increases are no longer automatic. The January 2011 increase will improve the LTD benefits for approximately 200 CBC employees, or about two thirds of the people receiving LTD.

At the December meeting, we also had an interim report on the fall influenza vaccination program. Fewer CBC employees opted to be vaccinated at work this year. Whether that’s because of H1N1 fatigue or the new online registration process remains to be seen. This year’s program is winding down so we’ll have better numbers in March.

As well, we’ve been discussing the role of doctors who work for CBC Health Services. Just a reminder to members: if you see a CBC doctor, that physician should only deal with workplace accommodation or return-to-work issues and should not prescribe medications or tests. Your employer has the right to know whether you are fit to work, but can’t compel you to follow any particular treatment. Your medical treatment is between you and your own doctor(s). It came to the CCSB’s attention that a Radio Canada employee in Montreal had treatment prescribed by the CBC doctor. We’ve been assured that was an exceptional case.

Your representatives at the December CCSB:

Bob Fisher
Ralph Legare
Carrie May
Barbara Saxberg
Jon Soper
Gabi Durocher, CMG Staff Representative
Dan Oldfield, CMG Senior Staff Representative

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