ARTICLE 33 – INSURANCE AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS
A. General Conditions
Employees in this unit are eligible to participate in a number of benefit programs generally available to non-management, non supervisory, non-confidential, nonacademic employees of the University who are not exclusively represented. The current benefits for each plan are briefly summarized in Appendix D. However, the Union understands and agrees that the descriptions below do not purport to recite completely the coverage or eligibility requirements for each plan, the details of the most current benefit program information can be found at http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu.
B. Health Benefits
If during the term of this Agreement the University chooses to alter the coverage, rate of contribution, or carrier of these plans as they apply to other staff employees described above, the Union will be notified of any such proposed change(s) before they are implemented. Upon the Union’s request, the University will meet and discuss on the proposed change(s).
Beginning fiscal year 2020, and ending June 30th, 2023 increases in employee contribution rates for the Kaiser, and UC Blue and Gold HMO health plans, for employees in salary tier 1 & 2 shall not exceed $25 dollars per month. This is a non- precedent setting agreement that shall not be used by Teamsters Local 2010 in any other negotiations.
C. Retirement Benefits
- The University maintains several retirement and savings plan for eligible University employees. Currently, such plans include the UC Retirement Plan (UCRP), TAX-deferred 403(b) Plan, Defined Contribution Plan (DC Plan), and 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, which collectively constitute the University of California Retirement System (UCRS). Eligible Employees may participate in a number of retirements plans generally available to other eligible staff employees of the University.
- The University may, at its option, alter the existing UCRS plans and establish new retirement and/or savings plans for the UCRS. Such alterations include but are not limited to altering the eligibility criteria; altering or deleting current benefits; changing rate of employee contribution subject to b.2 (below); or changing the carrier or administrator for established plans or programs.
- In the event the University makes such alterations, the changes will apply to employees eligible for retirement benefits in the same manner as they apply to other eligible non-represented staff employees of the University.
- The sole exception to section C.2, above, shall be:
- Any alterations proposed by the University which affect only bargaining unit employees.
- Any proposed increases to the rate of employee contribution will be subject to meeting and conferring with the Union.
D. Health & Welfare Benefits (formerly side letter page 86)
- The University’s Office of the President and the Union agree to meet no less than twice per calendar year to discuss changes, if any, to the University’s health and welfare benefit programs. Such meeting shall occur in advance of the University’s annual open enrollment period and will be rotated between the three Southern campuses. The parties may agree to hold these meetings via conference call or webinar in lieu of an “in-person” meeting.
- In order to effectuate this meet and discuss process, the University will provide written notice and any information available at the time to Teamsters 2010 as soon as practicable but in no event later than (60) days prior to the effective date of proposed changes. Both parties agree to meet and discuss within fifteen (15) calendar days of the written notice.
- The University shall provide up to (4) hours of paid release time for up to for four (4) bargaining unit employees to participate in the meeting described herein. If the meeting is held at another location, which is not the home location of the bargaining unit employee, up to four (4) additional hours may be granted for the purpose of the travel.