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Brothers & Sisters:  With the Covid on the raise the Board has
decided to cancel the Holiday Party & the December Local Meeting.
Please be safe & wear a mask. Happy Thanksgiving.

<>Don Dawson

Sisters and Brothers,
I have an ask today that is very important.  
Following the November 3rd election, on November 5th Broadlawns Medical Center Trustee Mary Fuller submitted her resignation from the board, effective immediately. It was received at a special meeting called by Chairman Bill Tabor on November 11. Following the meeting, on November 17, Tabor submitted his resignation, effective immediately.


Tabor lost his current seat during the recent election, placing 4th out of 5 candidates for the two open seats. It appears the gambit is for Bill Tabor to be elected by a majority of the remaining trustees, to fill Fuller’s unexpired term. And, all of this is to occur before Emily Webb, newly elected by the voters, is seated at the table and able to vote on filling the vacancy.

As a reminder the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor endorsed two candidates, Emily Webb and Dave Miglin,  for Hospital Trustee for the November 3rd election.  Proud to say that Emily Webb was the overall vote getter.  Dave Miglin came in 3rd.  He has applied to fill the unexpired term of Mary Fuller, who, as stated before, resigned.  

Dave Miglin, who was the voters next choice, should fill the seat, not Tabor.  


Anything else would be a poke in the eye of Polk County voters!


You are encouraged to share your thoughts with the remaining trustees:

Janet Metcalf

Mary Krieg

Kavi Chawla

Rocky Sposato

Marc Ward


Also, if you are alarmed about these “back door politics,” please forward this to your colleagues, friends and neighbors.


Here are two articles that have published that provided additional details:  


Des Moines Register -


Bleeding Heartland -

In solidarity, 

Mark Cooper
South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
2000 Walker Suite H
Des Moines, Iowa 50317
Work:   515 265 1862
Cell:     515 975 5627
Home:  515 274 3227

Let the Labor Kettle War Begin!

Thank you for being one of an incredible 10 unions participating this year in our Labor Kettle War November 10 – December 24, 2020. 

< style="font-family: arial;">We have created an event/team webpage where you can see all the unions participating and what they have raised at any given time.

< style="font-family: arial;">This is your link to your specific virtual kettle:

On December 24th at noon, the contest ends and we will announce the winner.  While this is a contest and we want everyone to have some fun with it, every amount raised helps and there are no losers.  The real winners are the children and families we make sure have food, presents and, most importantly, hope this Christmas.

Why is CenturyLink making this change to Lumen?
As you may have heard, CenturyLink is embracing a new company direction as Lumen, with the promise to further human progress through technology. The company will continue to honor its roots as a telecommunications provider and the people who have made Lumen what it is today, while also embracing a technology future.
We believe we are ideally positioned to meet customers needs as the 4th industrial revolution requires them to keep pace with a rapidly evolving world – one that leverages an ever increasing amount of data and emerging technologies and depends on software-enabled products and digital services. And we believe the brand Lumen conveys our network strength and the incredible capabilities our platform powers to help transform how businesses operate. We will continue to offer residential and small business services under the CenturyLink brand, and have even launched Quantum, a new best-in-world fiber offering for these customers.
Will my benefits, such as retiree healthcare, 401(k) or pension change?
While you will see a new company name, rest assured, this brand change and repositioning will have no impact on the benefits for which you are eligible. There are no changes to the eligibility, timing of benefit payments (such as pension) or the service center support you currently receive. And while some of the plan names may change, we will manage the plans the same way.
What can I expect in the future?
If applicable, you will begin to see updates during our upcoming Annual Enrollment cycle and will receive new ID cards reflecting the Lumen brand to use in 2021. Future communications to you will be from Lumen.
Will the stock ticker change?
Yes, the stock ticker will change to LUMN on September 18, 2020.
Where can I go for more information?
If you have additional questions, I encourage you to visit the retiree benefits website at (previously for updates and FAQs. You can also learn more about the company’s new direction at
           Read more about it at the links below
                 The above statement came from the below link

CenturyLink Transforms, Rebrands as Lumen

Congress Suspends Required Minimum Distributions
For 401(k)s And IRAs For 2020
The bipartisan COVID-19 stimulus bill just signed by President Trump includes welcome tax relief for retirees: The required minimum distribution rules for Individual Retirement Accounts and 401(k)s are waived for 2020. That means that instead of taking money out this year, retirees can keep their investments growing. The RMD waiver applies to 403(b) accounts, SEP IRAs, and SIMPLE IRAs. This is a repeat of the 2009 RMD holiday during the Great Recession.
The rules for who needed to take 2020 RMDs were already funky because of the SECURE ACT, passed in late December, which changed the age triggering RMDs from 70 ½ to 72, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information for CWA Members

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.

CWA's Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, contact your healthcare provider immediately and follow reporting procedures established by your employer. Also notify your CWA Local or District as soon as possible.
To find out more click the above link.

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