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CSEA, District Reach Tentative Agreement

The Long Beach Unified School District and the California School Employees Association have reached a tentative bargaining agreement. The tentative agreement was subject to formal ratification by CSEA’s members and the Board of Education. Negotiators agreed to a 2.26 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2004. The raise is the same as the amount recently approved for the school district’s non-represented and management employees. The bargaining teams also reached tentative agreement on changes to employee health benefit plans. As a cost-savings measure, the district will close its two self-insured CCN health plans to CSEA members and instead re-open PacifiCare HMO and Blue Shield HMO, a move that would save an estimated $3.9 million. The same arrangement for non-represented employees will save an estimated $1.5 million. The district also will continue to offer Blue Shield PPO and Kaiser plans to classified and non-represented employees. CSEA-represented employees will be able to participate in health benefit open enrollment at the benefitenroll.com web site starting November 22. The login ID is the employee’s Social Security number with no dashes. The password is date of birth (mm/dd/yy). For information, contact Ceridian at (800) 582-6764. Classified and non-represented employees currently enrolled in CCN must switch plans by November 30, or they will not be covered by health insurance. An informational meeting on health plan options is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22 in the Lakewood High School Auditorium. As part of the tentative agreement, the district pledged to rescind eight layoffs of employees approved November 1 by the Board of Education.