U Of I Employees Learn Of Possible Health Benefit Changes
The University of Illinois officials say they don’t know what to expect over changes to employee health insurance benefits. Informational meetings on all three campuses this week are reminding faculty and staff that Illinois has declared an impasse over its negotiations with the AFSCME union, reported to the Illinois Labor Relations Board.
Talks have have gone on since 2015, and any decision could be challenged in appellate court. These talks are not related to the AFSCME worker unit at the university.
The first of those meetings was held on the Chicago campus Monday.
Senior Director of the U of I’s Human Resources Administration, Katie Ross, also cited comments from Governor Bruce Rauner, who has suggested some of those premiums could double under a new agreement.
But Ross notes everything is still up in the air now.
“I do want to stress that – there are no known changes at this time," she said. "That this is not a forgone conclusion here. There’s still a lot of uncertainty, because this is subject to the negotiations that are ongoing and the labor board proceedings that we talked about. Any appeals that might happened afterwards, and so on.”
The U of I’s second such meeting is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Hall Theater on the Urbana campus, and can be viewed on line. The Springfield campus meeting is from 2 to 3:30 at Brookens Auditorium, and also available on line.
U of I President Tim Killeen put together the Employee Group Benefits Task Force, made up of faculty and staff from all three campuses, to examine proposed changes and proactively inform employees.
In the interest of disclosure - While WILL is editorially independent, the station is licensed to the U of I and its staff may be affected by any insurance changes.