Editor’s observe: That is the third report in a three-day sequence additional analyzing the impacts of Luzerne County authorities union contracts adopted final week.
Luzerne County’s 5 latest collective bargaining agreements didn’t make medical insurance adjustments, however the county nonetheless hit a milestone this 12 months of totally transitioning all union staff to contributions of not less than 12% towards their premiums, evaluation of contracts exhibits.
Unionized jail employees employed earlier than 2020 have been the final group to change from 10% to 12% contributions, and so they made that change the beginning of this 12 months.
Some union staff have already got superior to fifteen% contributions.
In complete, the county has 10 collective bargaining agreements and three memorandums of understanding which are equal to union contracts.
The brand new agreements, authorised by county council final week, are with the AFSCME residual union, AFSCME court-related union and Teamsters Native 401-represented staff in Youngsters and Youth, Psychological Well being/Developmental Companies and the Space Company on Growing older.
Their medical insurance contributions, which didn’t change:
• Residual: 12% for workers employed by 2013 and 15% for these employed since 2014
• Court docket-related: 12% for employees employed by the tip of April 2013 and 15% for these employed on or after Might 1 that 12 months
• Youngsters and Youth, Psychological Well being and the Growing older Company have an identical provisions: 12% for these employed by March 26, 2018, and 15% after that date.
The contributions in different unions, based mostly on a overview of the agreements:
• Detectives: 12% by 2023 and 15% in 2024
• Jail: 12% for these employed by 2019 and 15% for employees employed since 2020
• Court docket-appointed skilled staff (probation/home relations assist officers): 12% for employees employed by 2019 and 15% for these employed since 2020
• Court docket-appointed assist employees: 12% for these employed by 2015 and 15% for employees employed since 2016
• Assistant district attorneys/public defenders: 15% for all staff. Employees employed by Sept. 1, 2020, had been paying 12% however modified to fifteen% contributions this 12 months.
First-level skilled supervisors in three human service companies — Youngsters and Youth, Psychological Well being and the Growing older Company — have memorandums of understanding authorised by council.
Beneath these memorandums, supervisors in all three companies employed by 2016 pay 12% towards medical insurance, whereas these employed since 2017 contribute 15%.
Prior county commissioners began requiring non-union employees to pay 10% towards medical insurance 18 years in the past, in April 2004, saying the motion would set the bar for a push to regularly transfer unions to that concentrate on.
Now that unions have surpassed that benchmark by paying not less than 12%, the topic of accelerating the non-union proportion seemingly will come up throughout 2023 finances discussions.
When the subject got here up prior to now, the administration has argued that non-union employees aren’t assured of raises yearly, and so they additionally should bear annual efficiency evaluations.
What’s the distinction between worker contributions for the county’s Highmark HMO protection?
This 12 months, staff are paying these quantities each two weeks at 10%, 12% and 15%, data present:
• Single: $33.57/$40.28/$50.35
• Worker/partner: $93.99/$112.79/$140.99
• Worker/little one: $67.14/$80.57/$100.71
• Worker/kids: $83.92/$100.71/$125.89
• Household: $104.07/$124.88/$156.10
General, the county has budgeted a $20.72 million expense for well being care this 12 months and $9.25 million in reimbursements to assist offset prices on the income aspect.