Health and Welfare
The Coordinated Joint Negotiation team has continued to work towards finding the best resolution to address the increasing cost of health care to employees. Although the team has not reached any final decision, we have made significant progress and narrowed down the scope of focus of potential health care providers based on meeting the needs of all employees. We have utilized Fund 62, a reserve fund specifically designated for health benefits, to offset the increase in premium rates that would have gone into effect September 1, 2018. Without the use of the Fund 62 money, employees would have incurred the cost increase in their monthly health and medical benefits monthly rate deducted from their payroll check.
On December 18, 2018, the Coordinated Joint Negotiation team agreed to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and use Fund 62 through February 28, 2019. The team met again on January 22, 2019 and agreed to continue the extension of the MOU through June 30, 2019 and offset the rate increase so employees will not see an increase on their monthly health benefit deductions through June 30, 2019.
The Coordinated Joint Negotiation team will continue their work of selecting the Districts health care providers and plans and keep everyone informed throughout the process.