Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The decision from the arbitration that was held in September 2018 for Retiree Life Insurance for members that have retired or would have retired before October 1, 2019 from NRG has finally come in. The Union argued, anyone that was eligible and retired before October 1, 2019 would get the death benefit until it was used, while the Company argued, as of October 1, 2019 the Retiree Life Insurance benefit would no longer be provided.
The Arbitrator ruled that the Union was unable to prove that the language in the contract intended for anyone who retired before October 1, 2019 would still receive retiree life insurance for the rest of their life. The Arbitrator ruled only on the current contract language (2014 - 2020 CBA) and did not include anyone who retired prior to October 1, 2014.
In the second step grievance answer the Company stated anyone who retired before October 1, 2014 would still receive Retiree Life Insurance.
This arbitration award will only affect those who retired after October 1, 2014.