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Monday, 02 July 2007
ARTICLE XII
MILA
Section 1. Management-ILA Managed Health Care
Trust Fund.

The Management-ILA Managed Health Care Trust Fund
("MILA") is a joint labor-management, Taft-Hartley trust fund
managed by an equal number of Management and Union trustees to
administer an employee welfare benefit healthcare plan covering
active and retired dockworkers covered by this Master Contract and
their dependents in all ports except the port of Miami/Port Everglades.

Section 2. Funding.

MILA is a defined contribution welfare plan that is funded by
the following contributions:

(a) CR-4 Tonnage Contributions. During the term of this
Master Contract tonnage contributions to the CR-4 Fund for the
funding of MILA shall be increased as follows:
Effective Date Increase

October 1, 2004 $0.25 per ton, raising the contribution
rate from $0.20 to $0.45 per ton.

October 1, 2005 $0.75 per ton, raising the contribution
rate from $0.45 to $1.20 per ton.

October 1, 2009 $0.25 per ton, raising the contribution
rate from $1.20 to $1.45 per ton.

(b) Second Container Royalty Contributions. During the
term of this Master Contract, the Second Container Royalty
assessment in the amount of $1.00 per weight ton of containerized
cargo not stuffed or stripped by ILA-represented labor (or such lesser
amount as may be required under the Stein Award, which is attached
to this Master Contract as Appendix E, for containerized cargo carried
on vessels that are not full container vessels) shall be paid to MILA
to be used exclusively to fund the managed healthcare program
administered by MILA. The Container Royalty Cap provisions set
forth in Article XI, Section 4 of this Master Contract shall not apply
to the Second Container Royalty contributions to MILA.
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(c) Hourly Contributions. During the term of this Master
Contract, $5.00 of the hourly contributions for local pension, welfare,
and other employee fringe benefits set forth in Article IV, Section 1
of this Master Contract shall be paid to MILA.
Section 3. Second Container Royalty Contributions.

The Second Container Royalty contributions shall be used
exclusively for the funding of MILA healthcare benefits in all ports
and districts covered by this Master Contract that participate in the
MILA healthcare plan. If the South Atlantic or the West Gulf continue
to use the Second Container Royalty contributions for other purposes,
then, either or both such areas must pay to the trustees of MILA the
equivalent of said Second Container Royalty contributions in total
dollars out of the 1993 dollar contributions, if they are being used
for welfare purposes, as well as out of other fringe benefit
contributions, such as the local fringe benefit contributions set forth
in Article IV, Section 1 of this Master Contract and the portion of the
container royalties in excess of the benchmarks distributed to the
Local Escrow Fund in accordance with Article XI, Section 4(c) of
this Master Contract. The trustees in these areas shall remit monthly
payments so that MILA has received the same amount that it would
have received had the Second Container Royalty contributions been
made to the MILA plan.

Section 4. Eligibility of Active Employees.

The MILA plan in effect on September 30, 2004, shall be
amended to incorporate the following eligibility provisions for active
employees:

(a) To be eligible to be a participant entitled to coverage under
MILA’s Premier Plan for the calendar year commencing
January 1, 2006, and for each of the succeeding calendar
years during the term of this Master Contract, an employee
must work or be credited with at least 1,300 hours of service
in the immediately preceding contract year.
(b) To be eligible to be a participant entitled to coverage under
MILA’s Basic Plan, for the calendar year commencing
January 1, 2006, and for each of the succeeding calendar
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years during the term of this Master Contact, an employee
must work or be credited with at least 1,000 hours of service
in the immediately preceding contract year.

(c) To be eligible to be a participant entitled to coverage under
MILA’s Core Plan for the calendar year commencing
January 1, 2006, and for each of the succeeding calendar
years during the term of this Master Contract, an employee
must work or be credited with at least 700 hours of service
in the immediately preceding contract year.
Section 5. Eligibility of Retirees.

The MILA plan in effect on September 30, 2004, shall be
amended to incorporate the following eligibility provisions for
retirees:

(a) During the term of this Master Contract any retiree who is
covered under MILA’s Premier Plan as a non-Medicare
eligible retiree on September 30, 2004, shall continue to
be covered under MILA’s Premier Plan, as may be
modified, until the retiree becomes eligible for Medicare
at which time the retiree’s MILA benefits will be limited
to Medicare wraparound benefits.
(b) Any active employee who during a six-month window
period, commencing October 1, 2004, and ending on March
31, 2005, elects early retirement under the terms of the
local pension plan in effect as of September 30, 2004, and
actually retires on or before March 31, 2005, shall be
eligible during the term of this Master Contract to be
covered by MILA’s Premier Plan, as may be modified,
until the retiree becomes eligible for Medicare at which
time the retiree’s MILA benefits will be limited to Medicare
wraparound benefits.
(c) After the window closes on March 31, 2005, until the
expiration of the term of this Master Contract, to be eligible
for MILA benefits as a non-Medicare eligible retiree, a
retiree must be fifty-eight (58) years of age with twenty-
five (25) or more years of service, as defined by the local
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pension plan, and such retiree will qualify for coverage
under MILA’s Basic Plan, as may be modified, until such
retiree becomes sixty-two (62) years of age, when the
retiree will become eligible to be covered under MILA’s
Premier Plan, as may be modified, until such retiree
becomes eligible for Medicare, at which time such retiree’s
MILA benefits will be limited to Medicare wraparound
benefits.

(d) Any former employee who no later than September 30,
2004, is no longer in the industry but has sufficient service
to qualify for a vested pension benefit upon the attainment
of the age of sixty-five (65) and who is also entitled to
receive MILA benefits as of September 30, 2004, shall be
eligible to receive MILA Medicare wraparound benefits
when he attains the age of sixty-five (65). Any individual
employee who leaves the industry after September 30,
2004, without retiring and who is eligible for a vested
pension benefit when he leaves the industry shall not be
eligible to receive any MILA benefits when he retires.
Section 6. Plan Amendments.

The MILA plan in effect on September 30, 2004, shall be
amended to adopt the following plan provisions:

(a) The co-pay shall be $15.00 per visit to a primary care
physician ("PCP") and $30.00 per visit to a specialist in
the Premier Plan and $25.00 per visit to a PCP and $40.00
per visit to a specialist in the Basic Plan, but there shall be
no co-pay for an annual physical.
(b) The payment rate for out-of-network services shall be sixty
(60) percent of reasonable and customary eligible charges,
and the out-of-pocket annual benefit limits that apply to
out-of-network charges shall be $6,500 per individual and
$13,000 per family.
(c) There shall be a $500 annual pharmacy family deductible
for all active employees and all retirees (including
Medicare-eligible retirees) for brand-name drugs only
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except for those brand-name drugs for which there is no
comparable generic substitute as determined by the MILA
trustees. This deductible replaces the $500 pharmacy
deductible that is currently in place in the MILA plan.

Section 7. Creation of Core Plan.

The MILA trustees shall place in effect by January 1, 2006,
MILA’s Core Plan, which shall provide lesser benefits than those
provided by MILA’s Basic Plan.
 
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