LETTER OF THE LAW Official Publication of the Labor Association of Wisconsin, Inc. N116 W16033 Main Street, Germantown, WI 53022 WEB: www.lawinc-wi.org PHONE: 262-946-4000 1-800-657-0742 FAX: 262-946-3000 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org February 2009 Volume 24, Issue 2 Announcing the Unveiling of the New In This Issue LAW, Inc. Website! New! LAW, Inc. Law, Inc. has launched a new website; www.lawinc-wi.org. Our website Website is designed to keep members up to date on membership news, vision- dental-VEBA information, Letter of the Law newsletter, and many other Law Inc Health areas of interest to our members. Staff members also have new email Benefit Trust addresses, effective Monday, February 16th, so be sure to update your email address books. Reward General Email Telephone Numbers Settlements Toll Free: 1-800-657-0742 email@example.com Office: 262-946-4000 New Labor Fax: 262-946-3000 Consultant firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 262-946-4000 Ext. 223 Labor Consultants Dates to Remember Patrick Coraggio - email@example.com Office: 715-649-3335 Office: 262-946-4000 Ext. 222 Ben Barth - firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 262-424-4864 New! For Your Gary Krueger - email@example.com Cell: 715-965-1767 Health Jason Ganiere - firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 262-352-2707 Jerri Behnke - email@example.com Cell: 262-424-8702 Cathy Tupper - firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 715-212-2235 Mike Yogerst - email@example.com Office: 262-946-4000 Dan Kraschnewski - firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 715-905-0200 NOTE: If your primary Rep. is not available and you require an immediate response, call the Home Office at 1-800-657-0742. If the office is closed, call one of the other Labor Consultants whose number is listed above. On weekends a Rep. can be reached by calling the home office number. Office Administration JoEllen Islo - email@example.com Office: 262-946-4000 Ext. 221 Marlene Yogerst - firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 262-946-4000 Ext. 223 Debbie Plunkett - email@example.com Office: 262-946-4000 Ext. 225 WANTED - CANDIDATES FOR THE LAW BOARD OF TRUSTEES The LAW Health Benefit Board of Trustees has 2 vacancies. The candidates for the LAW Board of Trustees must be a member of a full-service Association which is in good standing. A full term on the Board of Trustees is 4 years. The meetings of the Board are usually held during the months of January, April, July and October. SETTLEMENTS The F.L. Weyenberg Library, represented by Ben Barth settled their contract for 2 years with a wage increase of 3.25% in both 2009 and 2010. The Nekoosa Department of Public Works represented by Ben Barth, have settled their contract for 2 years with a wage increase of 2.5% in 2009 and 3% in 2010. The Lisbon Employee’s Association settled their contract for 2009 and 2010 with wage increases of 2% for both years. The Grafton Police Association represented by Ben Barth settled their contract for 3 years with wages increases of 3% in 2009, 3.25% in 2010 and 3% in 2011. The Grafton Dispatchers Association also settled their contract for 2009-2011 with wage increases of 3% for each year. Reminder! To make sure our contact list is always up-to-date please contact us by phone, fax or email with any changes in membership or association officers. Phone: 262-946-4000 ~ (800)-657-0742 Fax: 262-946-3000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LAW STAFF LAW INC. HEALTH BENEFIT TRUST ACCOUNT Please use the email contact links on our LAW, Inc. is continually accepting members in the trust account. By website to contact contributing $10.00 per month for 10 years, you will receive a return of LAW staff. approximately 650% of your investment at today’s projection for your investment of $1,200. For every 3 months an employee contributes Labor Consultants Patrick J. Coraggio – after their initial 10 years, they would be entitled to an additional one Germantown month of a benefit. Currently, after 10 years, you are entitled to 120 months of (262) 946-4000 benefits. Under this plan, you would be entitled to accumulate additional months at the Benjamin M. Barth – ratio of 1 month of benefit equals 3 months of contributions. Under this formula, Germantown (262) 946-4000 someone who paid into the plan for 20 years would be entitled to an additional 40 months (3 yrs + 4 months) of benefits. The additional months earned may be used at Jason Ganiere – the front or back of the base 120 months that is triggered at age 55 or later. A New Berlin (262) 352-2707 participant can draw from the fund while the employee is still working. For example, if someone contributed for 20 years and was entitled to an additional 40 months, they Jerri Behnke – could start drawing this benefit before their 52nd birthday. As the fund grows, so does Ozaukee (262) 424-8702 your payout. Participants draw from the fund tax-free to help pay for health, dental and vision premiums when they are eligible. Members of LAW can take advantage of Gary Krueger – Medford this wonderful benefit by filling out a simple application. Sign up your spouse as an (715) 965-1767 affiliate member for $2/month and get the same benefits X2. Catherine Tupper - Lincoln (715) 212-2235 Mike Yogerst – Germantown WANTED - NEW VEBA PARTCIPANTS Dan Kraschnewski – Medford (715) 965-7070 At the last meeting of the LAW Health Trust Benefit Board of Trustees, the Board voted to offer an incentive to sign up affiliate members. Administration Jo Ellen Islo Effective August 1st, 2008 through December 31, 2009, any person that signs up for the trust as Marlene Yogerst an affiliate member will have their $2.00 per month affiliate membership waived until January 1, 2010. Debbie Plunkett Hopefully, this will be an incentive for current participants to sign up their spouse, relatives and Legal Counsel: friends Linda Vanden Heuvel – Lisa Vanden Heuvel – Germantown Scott Schroeder – Janesville Andy Phillips – got ideas? Oshkosh James Martin – If you have any information you would like printed in the Letter of the Law, please contact our Lake Geneva Germantown office with your ideas for consideration. Lobbyist: Forbes McIntosh Insurance Analyst Marty Tomcek REWARD Join the ranks of other fellow LAW, Inc. members by recommending us to a prospective local. If the new local becomes a member of the LAW Family, you will receive a $100 reward. DATES TO REMEMBER February 2 – Groundhog’s Day February 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday February 14 – Valentine’s Day February 16 – President’s Day February 22 – Washington’s Birthday “Your life lies before you like a path of driven snow, be careful how you tread it ‘cause every step will show.” - Lowri Williams For Your Health! Sea Salt vs. Table Salt What’s the Difference? Salt as we know it is a pure white free flowing spice that we find essential to flavoring our daily foods. Usually one doesn’t even think about it much unless we have a medical condition where a doctor will tell us to decrease the amount of salt intake. Table salt is normally rock or ocean salt that is mined, heat blasted, chemically treated, and then anti-caking agents and iodine added to it. What you have left is table salt that is basically dead. It is now just dry sodium and chloride. Once again man is cheating us of one of Mother Nature’s most perfect foods. Processed salt is now devoid of all the essential minerals and macrobiotic nutrients that our bodies need to survive. Consider this, when you cry your tears are salty, and if you’ve cut yourself and tasted your blood, you know it is salty. The fluids in our bodies are like an ocean environment. Salt is essential for life and yet our bodies cannot make it so it must come from an outside source. Most often it comes from meat or regular table salt. The problem is that our bodies don’t really know what to do with processed salt. Years of processed salt intake can damage almost all areas of the body such as the heart, kidneys, muscles and bones and it is processed salt that bloats us and causes water retention. Processed salt can put a body out of balance. According to Dr Langre’s book, people that have an aversion to salt or tell you they dislike salt most likely have too much sodium chloride attached to their organs and tissues, are really telling you that they are sick and are in need of essential minerals. 100% natural sea salt maintains its integrity. Quite frankly, natural, organic sea salt is completely unfooled around with and is still harvested the same way it was done 2000 years ago by French salt farmers. It is hand raked and left in the sun to dry. All of the trace and micro-nutrients are fully intact. The correct balance of sodium and chloride are present as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium and 90 other trace and micro-nutrients. These are charged minerals that retain a lot of moisture and are grey in color. If your sea salt from the health food store is white and free flowing then it is processed and should not be used. When natural sea salt is ingested, it immediately works with the saliva in the mouth (amalese in particular) and starts the digestive process. The more minerals present in the mouth the more digestion takes place. Digestion continues in the stomach. Natural organic sea salt has been known to lower blood pressure and decrease water retention. It enables the liver, kidneys and adrenals to work much more efficiently. It can boost the immune system. Natural sea salt has all the elements of the ocean and this means that the survival potential of a body is much greater than if you remove these vital elements. Do your body good and get natural grey sea salt. It won’t pour like table salt because of the moisture content, but the health benefits can be significant. Note: In an effort to improve the health of everyone in the United States, organizations like the American Heart Association urge us all to cut back on table salt. But there really isn't a one-size-fits-all recommendation for daily sodium intake. If you are under age 50, your blood pressure is in a healthy range, and your health is good, you probably have little reason to worry about salt intake. A lower-sodium diet is good for people who are older, who are of African American descent, or who have high blood pressure or diabetes. These folks should limit their sodium (table salt) intake to no more than 2,300–2,400 mg a day. People with heart failure or kidney disease are advised to keep their sodium intake under 2,000 mg.