ARTICLE 32

BENEFITS


Health Plan

32.1

Eligible employees and eligible family members as defined by PERS shall continue to receive health benefits offered through the PERS system for the life of this Agreement. Payment for these benefits shall be based on rates established by the PERS for participating members. The Employer shall contribute the amount required for such payments by Government Code Section 22825.1. This provision shall be applicable to all faculty unit employees whose eligibility for PERS health benefits derives from their employment in the faculty bargaining unit.

32.2

For the limited and exclusive purpose of providing health insurance, employees appointed to the class of Lecturer, Academic Year (Class Codes 2331 and 2358) and/or Coach, Academic Year (Class Codes 2332, 2333, 2334, 2335, 2375, 2378, 2381, and 2384), who are not eligible to enroll under the regular enrollment regulations shall be eligible to enroll under the following conditions provided that they were both employed as Academic Year Lecturers or Coaches and enrolled in health benefits at any time during the 1991/92 academic year:

  1. The employee is appointed for one semester or two consecutive quarters for six (6) Weighted Teaching Units or more but less than seven and one-half (7-1/2) Weighted Teaching Units.

  2. Enrollment will be continued during subsequent consecutive semesters or quarters provided the employee is appointed for six (6) Weighted Teaching Units or more.

  3. If during an academic year (following completion of the initial qualifying appointment period of one semester or two consecutive quarters), the enrolled employee is appointed for less than six (6) Weighted Teaching Units or is not reappointed, the employee may continue enrollment by direct payment of the employee and employer premiums through the end of that academic year (August pay period).

  4. If during the initial qualifying appointment period (one semester or two consecutive uarters) the employee's assignment is reduced to less than six (6) Weighted Teaching Units, the employee's enrollment will be administratively cancelled on the same basis as others who lose eligibility.

  5. An employee who had a qualifying fall term appointment or who was eligible in the fall to enroll under the regular enrollment regulations and who elected not to enroll shall not be eligible to enroll during subsequent terms of that academic year under this section of the Agreement.

  6. Individuals eligible to receive health care through payment of the student health fee shall not be eligible to enroll under this procedure.

  7. In accordance with provision 32.1, eligibility shall be as defined by PERS.

32.3

Temporary Faculty Unit Employees that became eligible for CSU health insurance pursuant to Assembly Bill 211 shall receive this benefit in accordance with the following schedule:

  1. Employees who do not have alternate health insurance shall be eligible to enroll for coverage which shall be effective with the first appointment after the close of business on June 30, 2002. Employees will be required to certify in writing that they meet this condition as part of the enrollment process.

  2. All other employees eligible for CSU health insurance pursuant to Assembly Bill 211 shall be eligible to enroll for coverage which shall be effective with the first appointment after the close of business on June 30, 2003.

  3. The employee is appointed for at least six (6) Weighted Teaching Units for at least one semester or two or more consecutive quarter terms. All other enrollment and continuing eligibility conditions shall be in accordance with provision 32.2 b through g.

32.4

All faculty unit employees who contribute toward health benefits pursuant to provisions 32.1, 32.2 and 32.3 shall be entitled to participate in the CSU Health Premium Conversion Program. The terms of this program shall be determined by the CSU. All administrative costs for participation shall be paid by participating employees.

Dependent Care Reimbursement Program

32.5

All bargaining unit employees shall be entitled to participate in the CSU Dependent Care Reimbursement Program. The terms of this program shall be in accordance with Internal Revenue Service Regulations. All administrative costs for participation shall be paid by participating employees and shall be the same as for all other employees.

Dental Plans

32.6

CSU enhanced dental benefits shall be offered to eligible employees and eligible family members for the life of this Agreement, fully paid by the Employer. The level of benefits shall equal the following plans in existence on January 1, 1991: the CSU Enhanced Prepaid Dental Plan and the CSU Enhanced Level II Indemnity Dental Plan.

32.7

The term "eligible employee(s)" as used in this Article shall mean an employee or employees who are appointed half-time or more for more than six (6) months. Those excluded from dental benefits also include intermittent employees or any employee paid wholly from funds not controlled by the CSU or from revolving or similar funds from which a regular State share payment of the insurance premium cannot be made. A participant in the Faculty Early Retirement Program shall be deemed an eligible employee if the participant was enrolled in a CSU dental plan immediately prior to his/her service retirement.

32.8

For the limited and exclusive purpose of providing dental insurance, employees appointed to the class of Lecturer, Academic Year (Class Codes 2331 and 2358) and/or Coach, Academic Year (Class Codes 2332, 2333, 2334, 2335, 2375, 2378, 2381, and 2384), who are not eligible to enroll under the regular enrollment regulations shall be eligible to enroll under the following conditions provided that they were both employed as Academic Year Lecturers or Coaches and enrolled in health benefits at any time during the 1991/92 academic year:

  1. The employee is appointed for one semester or two consecutive quarters for six (6) Weighted Teaching Units or more but less than seven and one-half (7-1/2) Weighted Teaching Units.

  2. Enrollment will be continued during subsequent consecutive semesters or quarters provided the employee is appointed for six (6) Weighted Teaching Units or more.

  3. If during an academic year (following completion of the initial qualifying appointment period of one semester or two consecutive quarters), the enrolled employee is appointed for less than six (6) Weighted Teaching Units or is not reappointed, the employee may continue enrollment by direct payment of the employee and employer premiums through the end of that academic year (August pay period).

  4. If during the initial qualifying appointment period (one semester or two consecutive quarters) the employee's assignment is reduced to less than six (6) Weighted Teaching Units, the employee's enrollment will be administratively cancelled on the same basis as others who lose eligibility.

  5. An employee who had a qualifying fall term appointment or who was eligible in the fall to enroll under the regular enrollment regulations and who elected not to enroll shall not be eligible to enroll during subsequent terms of that academic year under this section of the Agreement.

  6. Individuals eligible to receive health care through payment of the student health fee shall not be eligible to enroll under this procedure.

  7. In accordance with provision 32.1, eligibility shall be as defined by PERS.

32.9

In accordance with 32.3, employees and family members eligible to enroll in health benefits are eligible to enroll in the CSU dental program.

Vision Care

32.10

Eligible employees and eligible family members as defined in this Agreement shall be entitled to receive vision care benefits as provided in the program presently offered by CSU and the CSU hereby agrees the Employer's contribution shall equal one hundred (100) percent of the basic monthly premium. Eligible family members also include the domestic partners of CSU employees pursuant to Supplemental Agreement dated January 4, 2000, in Appendix F on page 231.

32.11

The term "eligible family member" as used in this Article shall mean the eligible employee's legal spouse and unmarried children from birth to the end of the month in which the dependent children reach age twenty-three (23). An adopted child, stepchild, illegitimate child recognized by the parent, or a child living with the employee in a parent-child relationship who is economically dependent upon the employee is also eligible. A family member who is a disabled child over age twenty-three (23) may also be enrolled if, at the time of initial enrollment of the employee, satisfactory evidence of such disability is presented to the carrier consistent with the carrier's requirements. Upon attaining age twenty-three (23), a disabled child who is already enrolled may be continued in enrollment if satisfactory evidence of that disability is filed with the carrier in accordance with the carrier's criteria.

32.12

No provision contained in this Article shall be implemented unless and until the amount required therefor is appropriated by the Legislature and made available to the CSU for expenditure for such purposes.

Flex Cash Program

32.13

All employees eligible for either health or dental insurance pursuant to this Agreement, shall be entitled to waive health and/or dental insurance in exchange for the following monthly payments:

  1. Waive medical & dental $140 per month
  2. Waive medical only $128 per month
  3. Waive dental only $12 per month

In order to participate, each employee will be required to request participation and certify that he/she has alternate non-CSU insurance for the CSU insurance being waived.

Retirement Benefits for Part-time, Seasonal and Temporary Employees

32.14

Part-time, seasonal and temporary employees shall participate in the PST Retirement Plan administered by the Department of Personnel Administration. The total cost of this DPA plan shall be paid by participating employees in the form of a seven and one-half percent (7.5%) pretax reduction from a participating employee's covered wages each pay period. There shall be no cost to the CSU.

Recreational Facilities

32.15

Employees shall have access to campus recreational facilities when the appropriate administrator has determined that such access does not interfere with the student's use of the facilities. A nominal fee to cover CSU costs may be charged. Use of campus recreational facilities by a faculty unit employee pursuant to the terms of this provision shall be wholly voluntary and, for the purpose of workers compensation, any time spent in the use of these facilities shall not be counted as time worked.

Travel Reimbursement

32.16

Employee expenses incurred as a result of travel on official CSU business shall be reimbursed in accordance with CSU travel regulations. The parties agree that any increases for CSU employees ratified by the CSU Board of Trustees in the CSU subsistence allowance(s), travel allowance rate(s), and/or automobile mileage rate(s) shall be provided to faculty unit employees, and that the parties must meet and confer on any CSU proposal to decrease such reimbursement allowance(s).

Parking Fees

32.17

An employee is required to pay the parking fee as determined by the CSU for parking at any facility of the CSU. The CSU shall provide for payroll deductions for this purpose upon written authorization by the employee. The CSU shall not change the parking fees payable in effect upon the effective date of this Agreement, without first complying with provision 3.1 of the Agreement. Meeting and conferring over the impact of such a charge shall be about the portion of the rate increase, if any, the faculty unit employees will pay. 1

Life Insurance, AD&D Plan and Disability Benefits

32.18

The CSU shall provide employees eligible for health insurance pursuant to this Agreement with a supplemental life insurance program at no cost to the employee. This program shall provide life insurance during the term of employment in the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). This provision shall be exempt from the conditions set forth in provisions 32.12 and 41.3.

32.19

The CSU shall provide employees eligible for health insurance pursuant to this Agreement with a disability income protection plan at no cost to the employee. The level of benefits shall equal the CSU Group Long Term Disability Plan in existence on January 1, 1996.

32.20

The CSU shall provide employees eligible for health insurance pursuant to this Agreement with $50,000 accidental death and dismemberment insurance at no cost to the employee.

32.21

The campus Personnel Office shall make available information concerning an employee's rights under Nonindustrial Disability Insurance (NDI), Industrial Disability Leave (IDL), Temporary Disability, Social Security and PERS or STRS retirement options.

403(b) Programs and Optional Retirement Plan

32.22

All members of the bargaining unit shall be eligible to participate in 403(b) programs in accordance with regulations and procedures as established by The California State University.

32.23

Optional retirement plans permitted by legislation and subject to negotiations under HEERA shall be made available to members of the faculty hired after the effective date of any such plan.

Enhanced 1959 Survivor Benefits

32.24

The parties agree as follows regarding the enhanced 1959 survivor benefits and the implementation of SB 423 (Royce).

  1. The amount paid to a surviving spouse under the 1959 survivors benefit enhancement shall be increased to the equal level of payment described in Government Code 21382.4.

  2. The employer shall be responsible for payment of the additional monthly premium for such coverage at the rate established by PERS for the enhanced survivor benefit.

  3. In executing this Agreement the parties acknowledge they have fully discharged whatever obligations to bargain which may have arisen as a result of implementing the above-referenced status.

  4. The Agreement described above shall be implemented upon receipt of final approval and authorization by PERS.

1 Pursuant to the Supplemental Agreements in Appendix F dealing with Parking Fees:

  1. "The parties agree that faculty will not be required to pay parking fees in excess of those applicable as of June 30, 2001 during the 2001-2002, 2002-2003 contract years."


  2. "As part of the reopened negotiations for salaries and benefits to be effective July 1, 2003, the Parties further agree that either party may propose parking fee increases or decreases to be effective July 1, 2003."


  3. If parking fee changes as referenced in paragraph 2 are brought forward, said proposals may entail specific fee modifications for individual campuses in amounts thought appropriate for each campus."



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