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Tim Talk: Look for negotiations to bring health benefits back to PUSD teachers

Original post made on May 10, 2019

Haglund told a group of retired church men on Tax Day that the district's longtime policy of not paying any health benefits was going to have to change. He cited the district's challenges in recruiting and retaining employees, whether mid-managers or teachers. That's a key long-term issue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 9, 2019, 10:14 AM

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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on May 10, 2019 at 10:42 am

The issue most directly impacts a single parent teacher. That person has to fund their healthcare while a teacher who has a spouse can often leverage the spouses plan and leverage the higher salary structure Pleasanton put in place.

I think the answer is to have an option. Opt out and receive higher pay if you do not require the insurance or take slightly less salary and opt in for employer contributions to your health plan.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Spudly, please look at my comments on the original posting of Tim’s blog. The history matters. I’m not against a solution, but even if the few opt in, the cost is millions which I don’t think the district has.


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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on May 10, 2019 at 2:10 pm

@Kathleen,

Please direct me there or send me a link. I am not smart enough to find it! Without knowing more about what you wrote, I would expect the salary tiers to drop a bit to help fund the healthcare option and all teachers would have to take that hit. It is probably hard to get agreement on something like that as the current system works for some and maybe not others.

I imagine the true long term financial viability of supporting unfunded retirement obligations combined with this topic make for quite a mess.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 10, 2019 at 2:44 pm

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Original: Web Link

I estimated $25MM, but really that assumed all would take benefits. So it was probably a worst case guess.


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