ARBITRATOR CHOOSES YOUR TEAM’S HEALTHCARE PROPOSAL
The shape of the first-ever statewide public school employee healthcare package is clearer today as the arbitrator chose the union-crafted plan over one submitted by the Vermont School Boards Association.
The arbitrator’s decision – which is binding on school boards and more than 40,000 school employees and their families – was the final step in negotiations that began more than a year ago. And while the plan begins on July 1, 2020, both sides on the Commission for Public School Employee Health Benefits agreed that most changes to your health insurance won’t take effect until January 1, 2021. The pact expires Dec. 31, 2022.
Unlike the process in place when local school boards and local associations reach impasse, the law creating statewide healthcare bargaining forced the arbitrator to choose only one side’s proposal rather than craft a pact that takes elements from each.
In short, the new statewide healthcare plan will mandate how much public school employees pay for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, how out-of-pocket expenses are administered, who is eligible for healthcare, and how grievances related to healthcare are handled.
We know you’ll have questions, and we encourage you to ask them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please plan on joining us January 15 at 7 pm for a telephone town hall meeting with your healthcare bargaining team.
August 2019 update from your bargaining team
2019 Statewide Bargaining Proposal from Vermont-NEA & AFSCME
As statewide representatives of tens of thousands of unionized and non-unionized public school employees and their families, Vermont-NEA and AFSCME believe access to high-quality, affordable health care for all school employees and their dependents is absolutely essential to the recruitment and retention on high-quality teachers, educational support professionals and administrators.
Although this information is merely a summary, it does contain the most pertinent information needed to understand the key points in the proposals we are advocating.