PAT Meeting Recaps Pending Benefit Changes
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 9, 2011
A discussion regarding forthcoming benefit changes for nonunion employees was the highlight of the March meeting of the PAT Council. The USNH board of trustees has voted to reduce the benefits by more than $8 million annually systemwide. Council representatives, along with those of the OS and EE Councils, are gathering input from constituents on how best to make the reductions and will then forward the ideas to the SPPC who will, in turn, present them to the USNH board of trustees.
A plan for reducing $1.8 million from USNH retirement contributions must be in place by July 1. One suggestion is a one-percent reduction across the board. Another is to have USNH’s contributions based on longevity.
Decisions on how to cut $2 million annually from medical benefits must be made by June 30, 2011 but the changes won’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2012.
The elimination of ARC (AdditionalRetirementContribution), and longevity pay for new hires also goes into effect July 1. Switching to a self-funded medical and pharmacy program will take place Jan. 1, 2012.
While several PAT councilors reported receiving suggestions for other ways to trim the USNH budget, it was noted that the money has to come from medical and retirement benefits.
Employees can direct suggestions and questions to their PAT, OS, and EE Council representatives or to the SPPC. The councils need to pass the suggestions for the retirement plan changes along to the SPPC prior to its March 17 meeting. The medical plan changes will be focused on after March 17 with an open forum planned for early April and a planned discussion at SPPC in late April.
UNH SPPC representatives include Tracy Boyle, PAT Council; Tammy McGlone, PAT Council; Lonn Sattler, OS Council; Janice Pierson, OS Council; Nancy Bradford-Sisson, EE Council; and David Proulx, HR. To contact the SPPC directly e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other PAT Council news, representatives adopted a list of goals for 2011.