Monthly Archives: February 2020

TWU Coronavirus Update

The TWU continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The disease originated in Wuhan, China, and has since reached 37 international locations, including cases in the United States. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that person-to-person spread will continue to occur and new cases will most likely be identified over the coming days and weeks.

Efforts by the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and others are focused on containing the spread and mitigating the impact of the virus, including multi-layered efforts to limit introductions of the virus to the United States.

As part of the response, the U.S. government suspended entry of foreign nationals who have been in China within the past 14 days and instituted extensive screening, health monitoring, and possible quarantining for U.S. citizens and residents who have visited parts of mainland China over the past two weeks. The CDC has also issued a notice to avoid all nonessential travel to China, while the Department of Homeland Security has been redirecting all flights from China and all passengers who have visited China to 11 airports throughout the United States with increased health screening capability.

In the meantime, there are steps that people can take to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.

We will continue to share the latest information from the CDC as it becomes available.

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Revises UBP STD Letter

You are receiving this email because you have a Transamerica Short Term Disability policy.  Payroll deductions for your TWU-sponsored voluntary benefit ended beginning January 1, 2020. The Transamerica disability policy does not allow for portability. All members who have a Transamerica Short Term Disability policy will now be converted to the group Hartford policy effective March 1, 2020.

Previously, your premiums for TWU-sponsored voluntary benefits were deducted from your paycheck.
In order to begin Short Term Disability benefits sponsored by the TWU, please convert your premium deduction method from your current payroll deduction to direct deposit in JetNet. To avoid any lapse in coverage, you will need to enter the attached payment information no later than March 15, 2020.

Attached is important information you will need to continue your coverage. Please follow the steps (page 1) to enter your new total premium, checking account information (provided on page 2) into a new JetNet direct deposit window. If you do nothing, the coverage will end.  Again, if you do nothing, you will no longer continue STD coverage.

*Please do not enter your personal banking information into JetNet; if you need assistance with the account information or if you have any questions about the new way to pay for TWU-sponsored voluntary benefits, please call Union Benefit Planners at 866-386-6060. Support will be available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.