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OPEIU Local 212 Airs Radio Spots Protesting Lockout at HealthNow New York, Inc.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 General News J E 4
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Spots Begin Airing Today on WBEN, WYRK and WBLK Demanding that HealthNow NY Keep Jobs in Western NY

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 212 in Buffalo, New York today will begin running sixty second radio spots on several Western New York radio stations in protest of a lockout of workers by HealthNow New York, Inc., dba Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western New York (BCBS of WNY), and the company's  planned subcontracting of work out of the region. 

The agreement covering the 390 workers represented by Local 212 working at HealthNow NY, Inc. expired at 11:59 p.m. on April 25, 2011.  The parties had been meeting to negotiate a successor agreement since February.  The next negotiation is scheduled for June 8, 2011.

Local 212 members provide customer service, process claims, reproduce documents and do other clerical and support work. 

Following is the radio spot text:

Attention Buffalo residents!

Did you know that HealthNow NY Incorporated, doing business as BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, has locked out its Buffalo workers and is planning to subcontract their work out of the region?

That's right!  For more than a month, these 390 skilled workers have been locked out of their jobs while less experienced people field your calls and process your claims!

And who pays for these folks to be out of work?  You do, and Western New York does!  With unemployment at an all-time high, we can't afford to lose any more jobs!

BlueCross and its CEO have gotten rich off of our community, and this is how they repay us? 

Keep Buffalo jobs in Buffalo. Call CEO Alphonso O'Neil-White at 716-887-7550 and tell him to negotiate a fair contract now!  That's 716-887-7550.  Tell him we need to keep Buffalo jobs IN Buffalo!  Paid for by OPEIU Strike Benefit and Defense Fund.

SOURCE Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO (OPEIU)

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