Executive Director Corner

Bonnie Summers

In this month’s issue of Labor Matters we are happy to highlight a number of accomplishments to date, including our recent Strategies Meeting, Labor Representative of the Year winner, as well as a new member to our team. The NLO is proud to support National Drug Take Back Day, April 27, and as a result, many of the articles this month focus on raising on raising awareness of substance use disorders and its treatment.

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Labor Rep of the Year

Left to right: Chris Preiner, BCBS Minnesota, Bonnie Summers, BCBSA, Kristin Squier, BCBS Minnesota, Ashley Laurent, BCBS Minnesota, Tony Saguibo, BCBSA, Richard “Dick” Quigley, HCSC


Labor Representative of the Year

2018 brought many changes to the Labor Union landscape, and our BCBS Plans work very diligently ensuring these union employees have top notch benefits. Each year, we recognize a Labor Representative of the Year nominated by their peers. At our Annual Strategies Meeting, we recognized Kristin Squier from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. She has been with BCBS Minnesota for 18 years and is a Principal Account Manager in Taft Hartley in the Commercial Markets segment. Kristin works with 14 funds that represents upwards of 90,000 participants. 

Kristin continues to look for creative ways to assist her clients by promoting and utilizing the BCBS portfolio wherever possible. She participates in an annual vendor summit for one of the larger funds, Operating Engineers, and has brought assistance addressing issues that face the fund participants such as Opioid addiction or frequent ER usage, as well as other topics. She has also worked with the Painters Fund, whom have a high frequency of upper respiratory conditions, by bringing in a specialized doctor from Mayo Clinic to collectively work on an education and resource program to assist members.

Kristin’s commitment to bringing exceptional service to the BCBS Minnesota Taft Hartley accounts is valued very much by her peers and clients.

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The NLO was pleased to host this year's Healthcare Strategies Meeting in Cape Coral, Florida. Over 100 representatives from our Funding Plans and Strategic Alliances were in attendance. Key topics included legislative challenges and opportunities facing healthcare and organized labor today, learning the latest on data and research, and how organized labor can fit into the gig economy.

2019 NLO Newsletters

Distribution Month Focus
June 2019 Labor Representative of the Year winner
April 2019 National Labor Office Spring Board Meeting Highlights


The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.