In addition, teachers base pay will be frozen. They will not receive a step increase in pay, based on educational attainment and longevity, for the first year and a half of the contract, according to the Muskegon Chronicle.
The two-year contract with the Fruitport Education Association calls for teachers to pay 12.5% of cost of their MESSA Choices II health care insurance for the first year of the contract. In addition, they will start paying $10 co-payments for office visits and deductibles of $100 for an individual or $200 for families. Previously, they had no office co-pays or deductibles.
In the contract’s second year, teachers will pay 15% of health care costs if they agree to a different prescription drug plan in which common generic drugs are $2, other generics are $10 and brand-name drugs are $40. Brand-name drugs would be even more if a generic equivalent is available. Generic prescriptions would remain at $10.
If teachers don’t agree to the change in drug plan, they will pay 17.5% of their health care costs in the second year.According to the news report, the clerical association agreed to the $10 office co-pays and $100/$200 deductibles for Choices II insurance. They will contribute 13% of the health insurance costs for the first year of the contract and 20% in the second year. Their wages will be frozen for both years.
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