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March 11, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: Communicating For Safety Ford X-Plan Challenge, NATCA Scholarship Winners, Retirement Seminars, and Much More!


The National Benefits Committee (NBC) is pleased to announce its “CFS Ford X-Plan Challenge.” Any NATCA member who purchases a new Ford vehicle using the NATCA/Ford X-Plan within 30 days following Communicating For Safety (March 24-April 24) will be entered into a drawing for a $200 Ford accessories certificate valid at at any Ford dealership.

Participating NATCA members must send proof of purchase by email to the Benefits Committee no later than April 30. For more information on the Ford X-Plan, visit NATCA’s benefits page or visit the NBC at either the Ford booth or the committee’s booth at Communicating For Safety.

NATCA announces 2016 Scholarship Winners!
Each year, NATCA gives 20 $1,000 scholarships to talented and dedicated members of the extended NATCA family.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

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Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship towards their education. This year’s President’s Award of $2,000 will go to Rebecca Kerr, daughter of Cleveland (CLE) FacRep Robert Kerr. Rebecca has demonstrated a passion for unions and a desire to pursue a career in communications helping others. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

NATCA Store Item of the Week: Pocket Coolie
Try our collapsible insulator. Perfect for cans or bottles! It’s 1/8″ thick and made of high-density open-cell scuba foam. Available in blue or red. Sold at $10 per bundles of 10. Easy to carry around and fits well in your pockets. Made in USA.

Click here to view the item and order at natcastore.com. Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Be reminded, apparel and golf towels take 3-4 weeks to deliver. If you need items by a certain date, please contact NATCA Store Customer Service for arrangements. Expedited shipping charges may apply.

To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800.266.0895 or email [email protected].

Benefits Spotlight: GEICO + NATCA = A Win For You!
Quick…Do you know what GEICO stands for?

If you answered Gecko Everywhere In Central Orifices…then you are totally wrong! Now, if you answered Government Employees Insurance Company, then you get a gold star and a chance to save money on your insurance needs! Let’s face it: we have stuff, stuff sometimes breaks, and when stuff breaks you have to fix it. Now, depending on the size of your stuff, that can come with a hefty bill! So, insurance to the rescue! We insure our stuff, so we can have someone else pay the big money to fix our big stuff! But insurance costs money too right? Well, relax fellow NATCA member, your membership in NATCA can save you money on your “Stuff Insurance”!

It all starts with a click here.

UNUM Long-Term Disability Insurance
Last year, NATCA had a very successful open enrollment period for the NATCA/UNUM Long Term Disability Plan. This year, we hope to be just as successful with your help. The open enrollment period runs through April 30, 2016.

ME + ONE: We have added an additional incentive plan designed especially for plan participants. If you are a current participant, please talk to and enroll one member who is not currently enrolled in the plan. All current participants who are successful will receive a $25 NATCA Store gift card.

Enrollment Incentive: We also have designed a new t-shirt that will be given to the first 500 members who sign up. We encourage you to enroll early, as these are limited edition shirts.

Early Enrollment Raffle: On the third day of Communicating For Safety (CFS), we will raffle off a new iPad. Each member that signs up from the beginning of the open enrollment period to the second day of CFS (March 22) will be entered into the raffle. Members do not have to be present at CFS to win.

Cambridge Corner: Your Income
When you retire, your most immediate concern may be how you’ll pay all your living expenses without a steady paycheck. Having a clear idea of how much you spend each month on mortgage or rent, property taxes, insurance premiums, car costs, groceries, and utilities can help. Calculating your expenses will allow you to determine how much income you’ll need to cover them. Where will that income come from? Listing your anticipated income sources should be your next planning move. Social Security may account for some of it. Check your benefits statement or visit the Social Security website to estimate how much you’ll receive.

Call 888-900-4690 or click here for more information on how Cambridge Financial Partners can help you.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 SQUARE:

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Standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service. 3-9 p.m. local time.

Register by signing on to the NATCA Portal. Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the “My Profile” tab.

To register for a seminar, click the “Events” tab, followed by “2016 Retirement Seminars”. Complete the requested information and click “Next”. When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next”, verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done”. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete. A second email will be sent two to three weeks prior to the seminar giving you the logistical information for the seminar. Also included in this email will be instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

Please try to register three weeks prior to the seminar. Walk-ins are permitted to attend as long as they can provide their membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with zero to 15 years of service who want to maximize their retirement benefits and plan for financial stability in retirement. Log in to the Portal today to see which cities are offering this great new program.

NATCA EDGE – Designed exclusively for NATCA members!
Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you! Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar:

May 26: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET
July 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT
Oct. 18: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT
Dec. 6: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

To register for a session, visit portal.natca.net. Click “Events” on the menu bar on the home page, then select the “2016 NATCA Edge Online Retirement Webinar” link. Follow the questions and directions from there.

Personalized benefit estimate for participants paid for as an exclusive benefit for NATCA members. You will NEVER be solicited or sold anything, EVER!

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

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