Masonic Care Community responds to workers protests

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – Masonic Care Community healthcare workers picketed yesterday to protest changes to their pensions and healthcare plans as well as demand better wages and an increase in staff after turnover rates have increased. A representative from Masonic Care responded to my email request early this morning and sent a written statement addressing the worker’s concerns. In response to the change in their pension, Randy Bogar, Director of Human Resources for MCC said,

“MCC is proposing a stronger and more viable 403(b) retirement plan option which is not being accurately represented to employees, employees would benefit by having their own individual retirement accounts they can personally oversee and manage, including their own investment options.” 

The statement further says that MCC proposed pay increases, ranging from 7 to 18% across every union paygrade adding that MCC implemented pay increases this month. In regards to the cost of health insurance going up the statement said, “as the cost of medical health care insurance has continued to skyrocket, MCC is providing significant funding for employee coverage. Unlike other organizations that have dramatically increased the cost of medical coverage to employees, MCC has proposed to the union a very minimal increase of $1 for single-person coverage and $4 for two-person or family coverage per bi-weekly paycheck.“

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