UT, CWA agree to one-year contract extension

September 23, 2011 | News, UToday
By Jon Strunk

The University of Toledo and members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 4319 have agreed to a one-year contract extension through December 2012 that maintains current wages and asks CWA members to partner with the University to help cover increasing insurance costs.

“I want to thank the CWA leadership and all members of the CWA in the UT community for their partnership and collaboration that has led to this extension,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said. “With this agreement, we take a large step toward implementing a work force model that supports CWA members working across the various campuses with the goal being increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

Among the changes in the extension for full-time employees are increases in health insurance cost sharing from 15 percent to 20 percent and increases in dental and vision coverage cost sharing from 0 percent to 2 percent.

The extension also equalizes the rates all part-time employees will pay.

The Communication Workers of America, in partnership with the University, agree new employees would participate in the consumer-driven health plan and share additional costs for dental and vision, said Connie Rubin, senior human resources officer.

“This extension provides an added measure of stability in turbulent times and is symbolic of the CWA’s commitment to The University of Toledo’s continued success,” Rubin said.

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