ARTICLE 32

BENEFITS

Health Plan and Eligibility

32.1

Eligible employees and eligible family members as defined by CalPERS shall continue to receive health benefits offered through the CalPERS system for the life of this Agreement. Payment for these benefits shall be based on rates established by the CalPERS for participating members. The Employer shall contribute the amount required for such payments by Government Code Section 22871. This provision shall be applicable to all faculty unit employees whose eligibility for CalPERS health benefits derives from their employment in the faculty bargaining unit.

32.2

Eligible Lecturers and Coaches in academic year classifications who are appointed for at least six (6) weighted teaching units (i.e., 0.4 time base) for at least one semester or two or more consecutive quarters shall be eligible to receive health benefits offered through the CalPERS system for the life of this Agreement. This unique enrollment criteria for health benefits is pursuant to Government Code 22772(4) and the negotiated Agreement between CSU and CFA and is subject to CalPERS rules and regulations.

The CSU shall contribute the amount required for such payments by Government Code Section 22871. This provision shall be applicable to eligible employees in the following academic year classifications:

Class Code Class Title
0357 CMA Lecturer – Cruise AY
0360 Maritime Vocational Lecturer IV – Cruise AY
0361 Maritime Vocational Lecturer IV – Noncruise AY
0364 Maritime Vocational Lecturer – Cruise AY
0365 Maritime Vocational Lecturer – Noncruise AY
0557 CMA Lecturer – 2nd Cruise AY
0560 Maritime Vocational Lecturer IV – 2nd Cruise AY
0564 Maritime Vocational Lecturer – 2nd Cruise AY
2308 Lecturer, Statewide Nursing Program AY
2358 Lecturer AY
2375 Head Coach AY
2378 Coach AY
2381 Coaching Specialist AY
2384 Coaching Assistant AY
  1. Enrollment will be continued during subsequent consecutive semesters or quarters provided the employee is appointed for six (6) Weighted Teaching Units (0.4 time base) or more.


  2. If during an academic year the enrolled employee is appointed for less than six (6) Weighted Teaching Units, the employee may continue enrollment by direct payment of the employee and employer premiums through the end of that academic year. If an enrolled employee is not reappointed, the employee is eligible to continue enrollment through COBRA.


  3. If during the initial qualifying appointment period (at least one semester or two or more 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.


  4. In accordance with provision 32.1, eligibility shall be as defined by CalPERS.


32.3

All faculty unit employees who contribute toward health benefits pursuant to provisions 32.1 and 32.2 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.

CSU Benefit Plans and Eligibility

32.4

The term "eligible employee(s)" as used to define eligibility for the CSU dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment and long-term disability plans shall mean an employee or employees who are appointed half-time or more for more than six (6) months. Those excluded from CSU benefit plans 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.

The term “eligible employee(s)” as used to define eligibility for the CSU dental, vision, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment and long-term disability plans includes eligible Lecturers and Coaches in academic year classifications who are appointed for at least six (6) weighted teaching units (i.e., 0.4 time base) for at least one semester or two or more consecutive quarters. Eligible academic classifications are listed in 32.2.

32.5

The term "eligible family member" as used to define eligibility for the CSU dental and vision plans 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.

The term “eligible family member” includes the employee’s registered domestic partner as defined pursuant to Family Code Section 297 et. seq. and subject to the Secretary of State’s registration process.

Dental Plans

32.6

CSU enhanced dental benefits shall be offered to eligible employees and eligible family members as defined in 32.4 and 32.5 for the life of this Agreement, fully paid by the Employer. The level of benefits shall be the CSU Enhanced Prepaid Dental Plan and the CSU Enhanced Level II Indemnity Dental Plan.

Eligible employees include participants in the Faculty Early Retirement Program if the participant was enrolled in a CSU dental plan immediately prior to his/her service retirement and is appointed half time or more.

Vision Care

32.7

Eligible employees and eligible family members as defined in 32.4 and 32.5 shall be entitled to participate in the vision plan as provided in the plan 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 employees include participants in the Faculty Early Retirement Program if the participant was enrolled in the vision plan immediately prior to his/her service retirement and is appointed at half time or more.

32.8

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

Life Insurance, AD&D Plan and Disability Benefits

32.9

The CSU shall provide eligible employees as defined in 32.4 with a supplemental life insurance plan at no cost to the employee. This plan 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 32.8 and 41.3.

32.10

The CSU shall provide eligible employees as defined in 32.4 with $50,000 accidental death and dismemberment insurance at no cost to the employee.

32.11

The CSU shall provide eligible employees as defined in 32.4 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.

32.12

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

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:

a. Waive medical & dental $140 per month
b. Waive medical only $128 per month
c. Waive dental only $12 per month

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

Health Care Reimbursement Account

32.14

All eligible bargaining unit employees shall be entitled to participate in the CSU Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) Plan. The terms of this plan shall be determined by CSU and IRS regulations. All administrative costs for participation shall be paid by participating employees.

Dependent Care Reimbursement Program

32.15

All eligible 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.

403(b) Programs and Optional Retirement Plan

32.16

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.

32.17

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

32.18

The parties agree as follows regarding the enhanced 1959 survivor benefits:

  1. The amount paid to a surviving spouse under the 1959 survivors benefit enhancement shall be the level of payment described in Government Code 21574.7.


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

Retirement Benefits for Part-time, Seasonal and Temporary Employees

32.19

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

32.20

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

32.21

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

32.22

Effective on the first day of the first month following ratification of this Agreement, parking fees for Unit 3 faculty on individual campuses will be increased by the percentage amount of the General Salary Increase (GSI) for 2006/07. In each fiscal year of this Agreement thereafter, parking fees will similarly be raised on July 1st of each year by the cumulative GSI which will be implemented in that fiscal year.

The above section shall be subject to the proviso that on no campus shall Unit 3 parking fees exceed those paid by CSU students in any given fiscal year.

32.23

Eligible bargaining unit employees shall be entitled to participate in the CSU Pre-tax Parking Fee Deduction Plan. The terms of this program shall be determined by the CSU.

32.24

Faculty Unit Employees employed at two or more campuses shall not be required to purchase multiple parking passes. Procedures to implement the terms of this provision shall be determined by the CSU. This procedure will permit parking at all campuses where a faculty member is employed provided that the faculty unit employee has purchased a parking pass during the same academic term at a CSU campus.

Last updated: June 9, 2008

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