Support for Health Benefits for Domestic Partners of
California State University Employees
AS-2402-98/FA - March 5-6, 1998
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University reaffirm its 1994 support for extending health benefits to domestic partners of CSU employees and urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to work with the California Faculty Association to support enabling legislation which would permit the Public Employees Retirement System to contract with agencies that provide employee health benefits to domestic partners and their dependents.
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU endorse the efforts of the California Faculty Association, and urge the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees to do likewise, to extend vision and dental benefits to domestic partners of CSU employees and to seek to contract with agencies that provide such benefits to current CSU employees.
RATIONALE: A large and growing number of higher education institutions (e.g., Harvard, Columbia, Yale, MIT, Stanford, University of California, University of Chicago, and University of Minnesota) have amended their employee benefits programs to provide employee benefits to domestic partners and their dependents. More than 136 major corporations in the United States (including AT&T, Apple, Microsoft, Bank of America, Levi Strauss, PG&E, MCA, HBO, Sprint, Time Magazine, and Warner Brothers) provide employee benefits to domestic partners and their dependents. Cities such as San Francisco, Berkeley, and Seattle provide employee benefits to domestic partners and their dependents. Extending such benefits will enhance the California State Universitys ability to attract, recruit, and retain quality employees.
It is time for the California State University to support benefits for domestic partners.
APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY May 7-8, 1998