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Retiree Health Ratification Vote a Success!

Thank you to all of the MEA members who took the time to vote on the Retiree Healthcare Tentative Agreement. It was overwhelmingly ratified by a vote of 1,526 in favor to 39 opposed, which amounts to a 97.5% “yes” vote to support the recommendation of MEA’s Negotiating Team.  We had a large turnout with approximately 45% of our eligible members voting.

The next steps in this process include a sufficient amount of time for (1) an MOU and implementing Ordinance to be prepared; (2) a defined contribution retiree health benefit trust to be established; and (3) proper education to occur regarding the new benefit options before an employee will be asked to make an irrevocable election on one of the available options.  These events will take place over the coming 6 to 8 months, and we will continue to update you every step of the way.

For more information on the specific terms of the Retiree Health Tentative Agreement, please visit MEA’s website at www.sdmea.org.  If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your MEA representative at 619-264-6632.