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Jeffrey G. Stein

1199SEIU Health Care Employees Benefit & Pension Funds
General Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Jeffrey G. Stein is General Counsel to 22 Taft-Hartley funds and related organizations serving the members of 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East.  The 1199SEIU Health Care Employees Pension Fund is one of the largest Taft-Hartley funds, with over $9 billion in assets.  The 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund provides more than $1.5 billion dollars annually in hospital, medical and other welfare benefits and is at the forefront of many innovative managed care and wellness utilization programs.

Twelve of the 1199 funds are administered under an umbrella known as the 1199 Training and Employment Funds (“TEF”) consisting of training funds, job security funds and Labor Management Cooperation Act organizations, established under 302(c)(9) of Taft-Hartley, to provide research, planning and facilitation to the Union and employers.  One purpose of  TEF is to address economic changes in the health care industry by creating innovative educational programs for participants at risk of layoff, facilitating job restructuring to avoid layoffs to the extent possible, and assisting participants who are laid off to obtain additional education, access to available vacancies, supplemental financial benefits and continuation of health coverage during layoff.

In addition, two funds provide child care benefits to participants, and a subsidiary corporation provides child care programs.

Prior to his employment as General Counsel to these funds, Mr. Stein was an associate at a union-side law firm in New York City, Levy Ratner (formerly Levy Pollack Ratner & Behroozi and before that Eisner Levy Pollack & Ratner), responsible both for union side labor representation and employee benefits work.  Before that, he was on the faculty at New York University School of Law and spent six years at the Legal Aid Society of New York.

Jeffrey G. Stein received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1972 and a Masters Degree in Education also from Cornell in 1977, a J.D. at NYU School of Law in 1982, and an LL.M. in Taxation at NYU in 1997.

He has spoken frequently concerning employee benefits at programs sponsored by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Legal Education Institute, the New York State Bar, Cornell University, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Employee Benefits Committee, on which he is serving a second 3-year term.  He was a Co-chair of the Civil Practice Subcommittee of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Labor Section of the American Bar Association until Fall 2011. In 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. 

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