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August 27, 2015

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Respect, Honor, Remember

Next month will mark MoDOT’s third annual Day of Remembrance. To honor those we have lost, the central office and districts are planning ceremonies on Thursday, Sept. 17. The Central Office ceremony will take place at 1:30 at the Fallen Worker Memorial just west of the Central Office. At approximately 1:31 p.m., a moment of silence will be observed across the state to remember our fallen coworkers. Employees can check with their district communications staff for local event times.

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Records dating back to 1946 indicate we have lost 131 members of our MoDOT family. Luckily, we have not lost an employee in the last three years, since Clifton Scott in 2012.

These annual ceremonies also give all of us an opportunity to recommit ourselves to safety and never add another name to the memorial.

Another way we commemorate this day is by asking employees to wear orange clothing, orange lapel pin ribbons or any clothing with the MoDOT logo. Of course, if you are working on a job that requires personal protection equipment, that equipment needs to be worn as usual. This is another way we can recognize we are one team and remember those we have lost.

Please plan to attend one of these ceremonies. If you are not able to attend, and can do it safely, please take a moment on Sept. 17 at 1:31 p.m., or anytime during the day, to pause and to remember.

Ride for Remembrance
shirtsOnce again this year, the St. Louis District is organizing a Ride to Honor and Remember MoDOT’s fallen workers. The group will ride from St. Louis, traveling down Hwy 94, to participate in the Day of Remembrance ceremony held at the Central Office Fallen Worker Memorial on Sept. 17.

Registration is free and all motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts are welcome to participate. Fund raising through an optional poker run and t-shirt sales will benefit the 1033 Benevolent Fund.

Details of the ride are found at the following flyer: 2015RideforRembrance.pptx.

Online registration and T-shirt orders are found on Sharepoint - Registration.

Team Talk
I’m sure you’ve heard we are planning a special day at MoDOT to focus on safety. Our first Stand Up for Safety day will be Oct. 8. I hope what you’ve heard so far has made you curious. Go to our SharePoint site to see a short video from Commissioner Mike Pace on Stand Up for Safety.

stand up squareDuring the last few years, we’ve put more emphasis on working safely than ever before. As we continue to search for ways to be safer, we’ve decided to devote an entire day on just that; how we can work safer in the days ahead than we did in the days past. Whether you’re located in a maintenance facility, an office or anywhere in between, we’ll all spend the day focused on safety.

Part of the day will be about having good discussions about incidents or near incidents and what we could have done to work safer. We’ll talk about our processes and operations and changes we can make to get better.

We’ll check PPE to clean or replace items, check facilities and equipment, review tornado and earthquake emergency plans and other safety activities.

That’s a short list of what we’ve planned. More details will be coming in the weeks ahead.

Thanks for all that you do, and stay safe.


MoDOT's 2016 Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign Sept. 15 - Oct. 23, 2015

dogMoDOT’s 2016 Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign will kick off the campaign season on Tuesday, September 15 with a Meet the Charity Event (final details on the event are still pending and will be distributed soon)! In conjunction with the first kickoff, we will be hosting a PET PARADE! If you have a pet, like animals or just need somewhere to donate a few dollars, this event is for you!

This is the chance to turn your pet into a star! We are asking anyone interested in participating who has a furry friend to submit a photo by Friday, Aug. 28. A voting period will be held starting Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the pets with the most votes get to “come to work” for the pet parade during the first kickoff! See all the details on the flyer here: http://modot.org/documents/petparade.pdf

We look forward to viewing all the pet photos, so get your camera/phone, and start snapping to catch that perfect pic!

CO MSECC Team: Jennifer Jorgensen, Kelly Mertens, Dawn Haslag, Reagan Schmidt, Patrick Haslag and Patrick Wood.

New Medical Plan Option FAQs

In the next several issues of Connections, we will feature a few FAQs about the new High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) option for 2016.

Employees are encouraged to review all of FAQs and other information on the website at http://modot.org/newsandinfo/benefits.htm, then attend one of the workshops being held in the districts and central office to see if this new plan would be beneficial for you. You can also contact employee benefits staff at 877-863-9406.

FAQQ. Who is eligible for the HDHP?

  • Actives employees
  • Non-Medicare retirees
  • Non-Medicare survivors
  • Cobra enrollees  
  • Vested members
  • Non-Medicare work related and long term disability

Q. Will I have a separate card for my prescription benefits?

  • Yes, you will have a medical card from Coventry and a prescription card from MedImpact.

Q. Can I be enrolled in the cafeteria plan and also the HDHP/HSA?

  • You can enroll in the cafeteria plan for the Premium Only Participation (POP).
  • You can enroll in the Dependent Care benefit.
  • You can enroll in the Commuter benefits.
  • You can enroll in the Limited Scope FSA.
  • You cannot enroll in a medical Flexible Spending Account (FSA.)

Q. What does the employer contribute towards your HSA?

  • $250/year for single coverage - $500/year if two or more people are covered.
  • Contribution is only available for active employees.
  • Contributions are made half in January and half in July.
  • Prorated for anyone not enrolled for the full contribution period.

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Now Hiring: Seasonal Maintenance Workers
hiringMoDOT is hiring seasonal maintenance workers at buildings across the state. For this winter season, Human Resources is testing the practice of allowing first-and second-degree relatives to be hired as seasonal maintenance workers. These relatives cannot work in the same building, for the same supervisor or in the same line of command.

Some examples of first and second degree relatives include spouse or partner, parent or stepparent, child or stepchild, brothers or sisters and grandparents or grandchildren. For a complete list of first-and second- degree relatives, please check with Human Resources.

Interested applicants can apply at www.modot.org/jobs.

 

Statewide Fatalities Increase by 13

Percent Over Last Year

A single vehicle crash that claimed the lives of 16 people would definitely make the news as a national tragedy. However, just this past weekend, 16 lives were lost on Missouri's roadways, day by day - in single and multiple numbers.

fatalitiesAccording to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 519 lives were reported lost this year in Missouri traffic crashes as of Aug. 17. Sixty-one percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts. The top causes of these fatalities were driver inattention, speeding, driving impaired and not wearing a seat belt.

"Drivers must take personal responsibility for safety when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle," said MoDOT's Director of Highway Safety, Bill Whitfield. "Fatalities are preventable if drivers take proper measures to ensure their safety and the safety of others."

Since 2006, Missouri has seen a downward trend in statewide fatalities. However, currently, there is a 13 percent increase in fatalities over this time last year.

Combined efforts in engineering, law enforcement, education and emergency medical services aid in the reduction of roadway fatalities, but there is still much work to be done to prevent traffic crashes from occurring.

MoDOT offers the following tips to drivers to help prevent a fatal crash:

  • Never drive distracted.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always wear a seat belt, and make sure your passengers are buckled up.
  • Never drive impaired by alcohol, illegal or prescription drugs.
  • Maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles.
  • Slow down, and obey the speed limit.
  • Obey Missouri traffic laws.

Highway safety begins with you. Learn more by visiting http://www.savemolives.com/.

 
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What's Happening
golf10th Annual Transportation Day
Golf Tournament

The annual transportation day golf tournament to raise money for the 1033 Benevolent Fund has been scheduled for Sept. 14 at the Columbia Country Club.

The event organizer, Central District’s Travis Koestner, thanks everyone for their continued support and said everyone is looking forward to a great day of golf for a great cause.

Funds raised during the event support the fallen workers' families for state highway, law enforcement and fire fighters. We hope no one will need these funds in the future, but this resource has eased the burden on families by providing immediate financial assistance. Law enforcement and fire fighters also hold annual golf days.

There are already 46 teams registered for morning and afternoon tee times (8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.), but there are still spots remaining. If you want to play or get a team together, contact Travis Koestner at 573-526-6998.

Lunch and refreshments are provided with the entry fee.


six flagsHaunting Fun this Fall at Missouri’s
Amusement Parks

Six Flags and Worlds of Fun are offering state employees big discounts on tickets this fall. There’s something for the whole family as these parks deck out for spooky fun. Click on the fliers below for all the details on dates and discounts.

Six Flags Freight Fest
Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt


sketchersSKECHERS Friends and Family Days
SKETCHERS discounts for state employees begins Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. Shop online at www.skechers.com, using Promo Code SKBBF315A at checkout, to receive your 30-percent-off discount.

Or print this flier – SKETCHERS Discount, and shop at any of the 400 plusSKECHERS retail stores nationwide, or mention Retail Code 3F.

To find a SKECHERS retail store near you, click here - Store Locator.


August Retirees

Gregory J. Price – NE – 30 years
John P. Bickel – KC – 30 years
Diana L. Johnson – KC – 22 years
David E. Wood – CD – 31 years

Lester R. Shears – SL – 31 years

Paul R. Bryan – SW – 30 years
Leo Cologna – SW – 29 years
Dennis J. Greenfield – SW – 19 years
Robert D. Merriman – SE – 26 years
Theodie Morris Jr. – SE – 27 years
David S. Blalock – SE – 31 years
Lynn R. Lewis – SE – 26 years
Kurt E. Gribble – CO – 31 years
Lawrence W. Fritz – CO – 24 years
In Memoriam

Wade Hildenbrand (active employee)
KC – August 3
Robert Dodd (active employee)
SE – August 14
Martin Weekley
Former D4 – July 22
Wayne Wickham
Former D5 – July 27
Paul Dibble
Former D6 – July 27

James Graham
Former D3 – July 28
Lyndell Scott
Former D3 – July 30
Charles Kincaid – July 30
Former D4
Jerry Ray
St. Louis - August 1
Bill Lister
CO - August 2
Edward Schnitzler
Former D6 – August 2
Robert Wiley
Former D4 – August 4
Donald Barton
Former D8 – August 5
Harold Knapp
Former D5 – August 6
 
 
 
 
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