What is this agreement about?
This Health Benefit Agreement (HBA) sets the funding and administrative terms of your LAUSD health benefits. The HBA is a master agreement between the district and all LAUSD employee unions, including employees in Local 99 units B & C and is negotiated separately from your full collective bargaining agreement with the district. The HBA determines, among other things, how much the district contributes to cover the cost of your health care.
Who negotiated this agreement?
This agreement was negotiated between representatives from LAUSD and a union bargaining team composed of representatives from each union covered by the HBA. The representatives from Local 99 were three members and one staff person.
What is the Health Benefit Committee mentioned in the agreement?
The Health Benefit Committee (HBC) is a body consisting of representatives from LAUSD, employee unions, and a benefits consultant. The most important purpose of the HBC is to conduct what’s called plan design, which essentially means that it plays an active role in selecting and approving the benefit plans available to members and managing the cost of coverage.
Don’t I get my health benefits through my Local 99 union contract?
Yes and no. Your union contract gives you access to the benefits provided as part of the Health Benefit Agreement (HBA). The HBA is what determines those benefits (e.g., how much the District contributes to them, who makes decisions about them, etc.).
Will this agreement change my health coverage? Will I have to pay for my health insurance now?
Absolutely not! On the contrary, this new agreement will ensure that your current level of benefits will remain unchanged through 2023.
What do all those contribution amounts in the agreement mean?
The contribution amounts are the amount per qualifying member that the District will contribute on a yearly basis toward the health benefit fund. The fund is used to pay for individual member benefit plans. Currently, all LAUSD employees covered by the HBA receive full employer-sponsored health benefits and this agreement adjusts the contribution levels to ensure that remains the case.
My job is in either unit B or C, but I don’t qualify for District-sponsored health benefits. Why not?
Your assignment must meet certain work hours and status conditions to qualify for District benefit coverage. Those conditions are described in the Local 99 union contract for your unit. Please review your contract and if you feel you have been disqualified in error, contact your organizer or fill out an Inquiry Form immediately.
Local 99 is currently fighting to make sure all of our members have access to decent, affordable health benefits. If you are interested in joining this fight, fill out this form.