Southern Interior Health & Welfare Plan
Sponsored by USW and the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association

Southern Interior Health & Welfare Plan

The Southern Interior Health & Welfare Plan arises out of and is subject to the terms of the British Columbia Southern Interior Master Agreement. It provides benefits to eligible Steelworkers bargaining unit employees of forest industry companies which are members of the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Three Trustees have been appointed by Steelworkers and three by the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association. The six Trustees are responsible for the placement and administration of the Plan. As of June 17, 2014, the Trustees are:

Employer Trustees Union Trustees
Jeff Roos Marty Gibbons
Jay Nelson Pat McGregor
Kristen Gammel Doug Singer

 

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS

  July 1, 2012
Life Insurance
Insured by The Great-West Life Assurance Company
(“Great West”)
$120,000
   
Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D)
Insured by The Great-West Life Assurance Company ("Great West")
$120,000
(Principal Sum)
   
Weekly Indemnity (WI)
Self-insured by the Trust, paid by the British Columbia Life and Casualty Company (“BC Life”)
$637/week
26 week maximum
eff Jan 1, 2016
     
Dental Plan Plan A:   80%
  Plan B:   60%
  Plan C:   60%
(lifetime maximum $2,500 for adults, $3,000 for children)
     
Extended Health Care
Self-insured by the Trust, paid by Pacific Blue Cross*
$75 annual deductible
80% reimbursement for most eligible expenses

Life time limit
$100,000 Jan 1, 2014
$150,000 Jul 1, 2014
$200,000 Jul 1, 2015
$250,000 Jul 1, 2016
$300,000 Jul 1, 2017
   

Note: Designated part-time employees are covered for full benefits except that WI is one-half of the regular amount. Cost of benefits other than WI is shared equally between the employer and the designated part-time employee.

ADMINISTRATION

The Trustees have hired Pacific Blue Cross* to administer the Plan on their behalf. Every month, participating employers contribute to a trust fund on behalf of their eligible employees. The Trustees hold and invest the fund, which is used to pay for benefit coverage and for operating expenses.

NOTICE

The information on this web site is an outline of the benefits provided by the Southern Interior Health and Welfare Plan and is not a contract.  This Plan only covers those benefits listed above and included in the Plan Summary and the Plan Booklet included in the web site. Each covered employee may study a copy of the Plan Text at any time by contacting his employer or local union office.  For your information, we have included references to other negotiated benefits and certain government programs.

OTHER BENEFITS

Eligible employees may also be covered through their employment for other benefits which are NOT part of the Southern Interior Health & Welfare Plan:

  • Long Term Disability benefits (through the jointly trusteed IWA-Forest Industry LTD Plan)
  • Pension benefits (through the jointly trusteed IWA-Forest Industry Pension Plan)
  • Basic Medical and Hospital (through the provincial government’s Medical Services Plan of British Columbia)
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