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Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter. Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

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October 2020:

Retirees: By now you should have received your 2021 edition of Medicare and You for those 65 years and older. For those who are currently on the MTDC health plan and intend to change to another carrier please keep in mind of the following. Your MTDC health insurance has Creditable Coverage. We should receive a notice from MTDCWF in October stating that fact. If you intend to enroll in the Part D of Medicare effective for January, 2021 the normal enrollment period is October 15 to December 7, 2020. The loss of the MTDC plan permits enrolling in Part D during a time outside of the normal enrollment period, however, for those of us changing coverage it’s very important to remember to enroll no later than 63 days after December 31, 2020 to avoid lifelong penalties. Also keep in mind that the type of drugs you take is an important consideration in choosing a drug plan. The cost does vary considerably. See Section 6 page 75-92 for additional information in Medicare and You. Have questions? Contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227. Additional Medical Insurance Information: https://www.aarpmedicaresupplement.com you can order a detailed booklet on plans from this web site. This site list 8 different supplemental plans. Cost per month based on your age, zip code and what each plan offers. Top quality plans cost about $300 per month with no or very little out of pocket deductible cost. This plan is single coverage with no Part D prescription plan included. The part D plan varies in cost based on the type of medication one takes. For example, a high blood pressure medication is considered tier one and the monthly cost would be $0 with no deductible. On the drug prescription website you can enter the medication and dosage to find the cost per month, etc. There is also Medicare Advantage instead of Medicare if you qualify. Part D must be enrolled for within 63 days after coverage is terminated with the MTDCWF policy. If dental insurance is desired most insurance companies offer plans. A suggestion, contact your dentist for suggestions. Be sure to know that discount coverage is less expensive but is not dental insurance. I wear a MASK for you. Return the favor and wear a Mask for me. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Fresh Ricotta : Ingredients: 4 cups milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar Steps: 1 . To prepare, let the milk, heavy cream, and salt boil on low 2 . When it boils, add three tablespoons of distilled white vinegar 3 . Drain the ingredients in a cheese cloth until all of the water is out 4 . Place in the refrigerator to cool Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s October 2020 Message: Dear LFA Retirees, Please check your mail and emails concerning the new rates for the MTDCTF medical package into retirement. Your efforts to make the MTDCTF aware of the gross increase to the medical were heard! The new rates are not as costly for all retirees over 65 years of age. The retirees under 65 years of age unfortunately will have to pay higher rates. Please be sure to send in your Election Form as soon as possible, but no later than November 20, 2020. Thanks again for your support concerning this issue. Dear LFA Teachers, Your safety during this pandemic is of utmost concern. St Edmund is in a Hot Zone and was forced to close. Bishop Loughlin had a case and closed for 14 days. Archbishop Molloy is on the boarder of a Hot Zone and may be forced to close. Xaverian has closed for one Monday and the students that were positive were asked to quarantine for 10 days. Nazareth remains closed for the First Quarter. As you can see there is no one set formula to address the Covid 19 situation in our schools. Every school will do what it needs to do to keep the students, teachers, and staff safe. In these unprecedented times, I commend the LFA Delegates and Alternate Delegates who are working very hard with the Administration of your schools to accommodate any teacher with hardship, and bring teacher Covid 19 concerns to their attention. Please stay strong and stay safe! Fraternally yours, Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

September 2020:

Important Supreme Court Decision:    In a ruling that will open the door to more public funding for religious education, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of parents in Montana seeking to use a state scholarship program to send their children to religious schools. The court said that a Montana tax credit program that directed money to private schools could not exclude religious schools. The 5-4 ruling was penned by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court's four conservative justices. "A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious," Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. Passing of Marie Manzella: I am sorry to inform you that Marie Manzella passed away at 95 years of age. Marie was a member of the Business Department at Bishop Ford for many years. In my first days of teaching she was both very kind and supportive. From   the   Board   of   Directors: As the Board of Directors of the Lay Faculty Association, LIUNA have been profoundly affected by the events of the past few months. The senseless death of George Floyd, together with other instances of unequal treatment of African Americans and the violent interactions between police and protestors, are painful reminders of the deep wounds of inequality going back generations. These events have ignited important conversations around social injustice, inequality, and prejudice against those who are Black, Indigenous or people of color. I want to state very clearly that the Lay Faculty Association, LIUNA does not and will not tolerate racism or discriminatory attacks of any kind. We share a fundamental conviction that the lives of some are not less valuable than others, and that all people deserve the same level of respect and protection, as well as the right to be heard. We believe now is the time to listen and learn from each other, to engage in a respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives, and to take actions that make things better. Nazareth HS retirement: Congratulations to Rick Dolan of Nazareth Regional High School who has retired after 38 years of service. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza : Dough Puffs : Ingredients: 3 large eggs 1 cup of granulated sugar 1 ¼ cups of milk pinch of salt 3 cups of self-rising flour vegetable oil for frying confectioner’s sugar for dusting Steps: 1 . Add eggs, sugar and beat for two minutes on high in a mixing bowl 2 . Add milk and salt and continue to mix on low speed, gradually adding flour 3 . In a large saucepan heat oil, then roll out the dough into small balls and fry until golden brown 4 . Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners’ sugar Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s September 2020 Message: TEACHERS: This September our schools will open in an unprecedented fashion that we never in our lifetimes could have ever imagined! I am satisfied with the plans that each school has presented to the Union. The administration of each of our schools have interpreted the CDC Guidelines, followed the many recommendations, and adapted them to fit the unique school structures our teachers work in. The written plans for the opening of school look good on paper; however, I hope that these plans can be realized to successfully open the facilities. My concern is that each and every one of our teachers may feel safe going into the buildings and that each teacher is protect as they take on the new responsibilities that this pandemic has added to the already complicated job. I ask that every teacher keep an open mind and to please report any unhealthy working conditions to the LFA Delegate. On Wednesday, September 23rd, I will meet with each Delegate and review all the Covid issues that need to be addressed at the individual schools. RETIREES: We have not yet received any updates from the Mason Tenders’ District Council Trust Fund concerning the premium increase that is supposed to take place as of January 1, 2021. NONE of our requests submitted to Anna Gutsin, after our meeting in March, have been addressed. There have been NO communications since March. We have been told that we will hear from them in November. Please remember to submit payment for your medical prorating the amount to cover September 1st through December 31st if you have not done so already. The members of the Executive Board and I pray that you will stay strong and stay safe! Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

Wishing all of our members and staff a safe, healthy and successful 2020-2021 school year

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

The Lay Faculty Association Local 1261 is a proud member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (Chartered

4/20/1998) LFA-1261 is also affiliated with The Mason Tenders’ District Council of Greater New York and Long Island. We are all

LIUNA union members in addition to the LFA.

News
Lay Faculty Association Local 1261 Phone: (718)539-6440 Email: layfacultyassociation1261@gmail.com © 2020 LayFacultyAssociation

News From the LFA and its member

schools:

Thanks to Dan DiPleco, our newsletter editor, the LFA publishes a periodical Newsletter. Click the links below for the most recent and archived newsletters.

LiUNA! News:

Recent News from our

local:

October 2020:

Retirees: By now you should have received your 2021 edition of Medicare and You for those 65 years and older. For those who are currently on the MTDC health plan and intend to change to another carrier please keep in mind of the following. Your MTDC health insurance has Creditable Coverage. We should receive a notice from MTDCWF in October stating that fact. If you intend to enroll in the Part D of Medicare effective for January, 2021 the normal enrollment period is October 15 to December 7, 2020. The loss of the MTDC plan permits enrolling in Part D during a time outside of the normal enrollment period, however, for those of us changing coverage it’s very important to remember to enroll no later than 63 days after December 31, 2020 to avoid lifelong penalties. Also keep in mind that the type of drugs you take is an important consideration in choosing a drug plan. The cost does vary considerably. See Section 6 page 75-92 for additional information in Medicare and You. Have questions? Contact Medicare at 1-800- 633-4227. Additional Medical Insurance Information: https://www.aarpmedicaresupplement.com you can order a detailed booklet on plans from this web site. This site list 8 different supplemental plans. Cost per month based on your age, zip code and what each plan offers. Top quality plans cost about $300 per month with no or very little out of pocket deductible cost. This plan is single coverage with no Part D prescription plan included. The part D plan varies in cost based on the type of medication one takes. For example, a high blood pressure medication is considered tier one and the monthly cost would be $0 with no deductible. On the drug prescription website you can enter the medication and dosage to find the cost per month, etc. There is also Medicare Advantage instead of Medicare if you qualify. Part D must be enrolled for within 63 days after coverage is terminated with the MTDCWF policy. If dental insurance is desired most insurance companies offer plans. A suggestion, contact your dentist for suggestions. Be sure to know that discount coverage is less expensive but is not dental insurance. I wear a MASK for you. Return the favor and wear a Mask for me. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza: Fresh Ricotta : Ingredients: 4 cups milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar Steps: 1 . To prepare, let the milk, heavy cream, and salt boil on low 2 . When it boils, add three tablespoons of distilled white vinegar 3 . Drain the ingredients in a cheese cloth until all of the water is out 4 . Place in the refrigerator to cool Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s October 2020 Message: Dear LFA Retirees, Please check your mail and emails concerning the new rates for the MTDCTF medical package into retirement. Your efforts to make the MTDCTF aware of the gross increase to the medical were heard! The new rates are not as costly for all retirees over 65 years of age. The retirees under 65 years of age unfortunately will have to pay higher rates. Please be sure to send in your Election Form as soon as possible, but no later than November 20, 2020. Thanks again for your support concerning this issue. Dear LFA Teachers, Your safety during this pandemic is of utmost concern. St Edmund is in a Hot Zone and was forced to close. Bishop Loughlin had a case and closed for 14 days. Archbishop Molloy is on the boarder of a Hot Zone and may be forced to close. Xaverian has closed for one Monday and the students that were positive were asked to quarantine for 10 days. Nazareth remains closed for the First Quarter. As you can see there is no one set formula to address the Covid 19 situation in our schools. Every school will do what it needs to do to keep the students, teachers, and staff safe. In these unprecedented times, I commend the LFA Delegates and Alternate Delegates who are working very hard with the Administration of your schools to accommodate any teacher with hardship, and bring teacher Covid 19 concerns to their attention. Please stay strong and stay safe! Fraternally yours, Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

September 2020:

Important Supreme Court Decision:   In a ruling that will open the door to more public funding for religious education, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of parents in Montana seeking to use a state scholarship program to send their children to religious schools. The court said that a Montana tax credit program that directed money to private schools could not exclude religious schools. The 5-4 ruling was penned by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court's four conservative justices. "A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious," Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. Passing of Marie Manzella: I am sorry to inform you that Marie Manzella passed away at 95 years of age. Marie was a member of the Business Department at Bishop Ford for many years. In my first days of teaching she was both very kind and supportive. From   the   Board   of   Directors: As the Board of Directors of the Lay Faculty Association, LIUNA have been profoundly affected by the events of the past few months. The senseless death of George Floyd, together with other instances of unequal treatment of African Americans and the violent interactions between police and protestors, are painful reminders of the deep wounds of inequality going back generations. These events have ignited important conversations around social injustice, inequality, and prejudice against those who are Black, Indigenous or people of color. I want to state very clearly that the Lay Faculty Association, LIUNA does not and will not tolerate racism or discriminatory attacks of any kind. We share a fundamental conviction that the lives of some are not less valuable than others, and that all people deserve the same level of respect and protection, as well as the right to be heard. We believe now is the time to listen and learn from each other, to engage in a respectful exchange of ideas and perspectives, and to take actions that make things better. Nazareth    HS    retirement: Congratulations to Rick Dolan of Nazareth Regional High School who has retired after 38 years of service. Cooking with VP Jerry Franza : Dough Puffs : Ingredients: 3 large eggs 1 cup of granulated sugar 1 ¼ cups of milk pinch of salt 3 cups of self-rising flour vegetable oil for frying confectioner’s sugar for dusting Steps: 1 . Add eggs, sugar and beat for two minutes on high in a mixing bowl 2 . Add milk and salt and continue to mix on low speed, gradually adding flour 3 . In a large saucepan heat oil, then roll out the dough into small balls and fry until golden brown 4 . Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners’ sugar Questions or comments: Contact Jerry at www.chipfranza@aol.com The President’s September 2020 Message: TEACHERS: This September our schools will open in an unprecedented fashion that we never in our lifetimes could have ever imagined! I am satisfied with the plans that each school has presented to the Union. The administration of each of our schools have interpreted the CDC Guidelines, followed the many recommendations, and adapted them to fit the unique school structures our teachers work in. The written plans for the opening of school look good on paper; however, I hope that these plans can be realized to successfully open the facilities. My concern is that each and every one of our teachers may feel safe going into the buildings and that each teacher is protect as they take on the new responsibilities that this pandemic has added to the already complicated job. I ask that every teacher keep an open mind and to please report any unhealthy working conditions to the LFA Delegate. On Wednesday, September 23rd, I will meet with each Delegate and review all the Covid issues that need to be addressed at the individual schools. RETIREES: We have not yet received any updates from the Mason Tenders’ District Council Trust Fund concerning the premium increase that is supposed to take place as of January 1, 2021. NONE of our requests submitted to Anna Gutsin, after our meeting in March, have been addressed. There have been NO communications since March. We have been told that we will hear from them in November. Please remember to submit payment for your medical prorating the amount to cover September 1st through December 31st if you have not done so already. The members of the Executive Board and I pray that you will stay strong and stay safe! Your President and Business Manager Ciro Quattrocchi

Wishing all of our members and staff a safe, healthy

and successful 2020-2021 school year

As news stories that impact our local are published, we will

update this area with the national news from the Laborers

International Union of North America

The Lay Faculty Association Local 1261 is a proud member of

the Laborers’ International Union of North America

(Chartered 4/20/1998) LFA-1261 is also affiliated with The

Mason Tenders’ District Council of Greater New York and

Long Island. We are all LIUNA union members in addition to

the LFA.