BLET short-term disability insurance available in October

As a result of the last national contract, many members of the BLET will soon be able to take advantage of a short-term disability program obtained by the National Division through MetLife.

The effective date of the plan is October 1. However, those who become disabled after July 1 will be able to collect benefits after October 1. The benefits are not retroactive to July 1. Participants will receive benefits for the period in which they are disabled up to the maximum of 52 weeks.

The benefit rate is $402 per week for up to 52 weeks. This benefit level is guaranteed for three years from October 1, 2004. The plan's premium is paid for by the railroads participating in the last national contract.

Some of the plans details are as follows:

BLET National President Don M. Hahs lauded the plan, which was negotiated in the last national contract.

"This is definitely a step in the right direction toward providing our members much-needed protection in the unfortunate event they should become disabled and can't provide a living for themselves and their families.

President Hahs also commended Vice President Lee Pruitt and Special Representative Jim Bradford for the work they did in establishing the plan.

"They did an excellent job in finding the best plan available for the dollars available," President Hahs said.

BLET members with questions on this new Plan should contact:



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