In the last month of negotiations, the USofCC and College administration have focused on certain priority issues for Year 1 of the new contract (2013-2014). This has been prompted by the College’s desire to change health care benefits, increase premium costs, and switch health care providers by the end of December 2013.
Some tentative agreements have been proposed but not finalized: eliminating BAS and going to direct administration of benefits by Blue Cross Blue Shield; requiring spouses and domestic partners to get health screenings in order to qualify for discounted health premiums.
The bargaining team is still working with the College to conclude negotiations on other items for Year 1 including health premium costs, the change in health insurance providers, salary increases, and an agreement on implementation of the job classification study. The College has dramatically pulled back on its proposal to increase premiums and out of pocket expenses for USofCC members.
The USofCC bargaining team has made it clear to the College that we need to hold the line and not have members lose money if health care costs are increased.
The Year 1 agreement will need to be ratified by you, the membership. We anticipate that a vote may happen soon, so stay tuned for more details.
Negotiations for the following years of the new contract will continue without interruption after a Year 1 agreement is reached.