The results are in for the SMMUSD Health Benefits Agreement vote with 76.6% of members voting in favor of accepting the Health and Welfare Benefits Committee recommended change from Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) to Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC). Voting closed August 31 at 6 pm with 218 total voters.
The Health and Welfare Benefits Committee at SMMUSD is made up of the three unions representing workers at the district – SEIU Local 99, SMMCTA and SMMASA. The committee recommended changing the entity from whom the district purchases health care benefits from CalPERS to SISC.
This change will address the rising cost of health care benefits. It will mean full-time employees and their families can continue with their same doctors and hospitals at no-cost or low-cost for “buy-up” platinum plans. A majority of part-time employees will see no change or a lower rate to their contribution rates. Additionally, the change from CalPERS to SISC will save the district money which our union plans to leverage for higher wages in our upcoming contract negotiations.
Read the full language of the recommendation here.
Review this comparison of costs and coverage between SISC and CalPERS.
Read these Frequently Asked Questions.