By Steve Hall
AFT Local 1828 and district negotiators have agreed on an academic calendar for 2019-2020. There are no major changes from last year’s calendar with Fall classes beginning on Monday, August 19, 2019 and Spring instruction beginning on Monday, January 6, 2020. Winter break will begin Wednesday, December 18 through Sunday, January 5. Spring break will fall the week before Easter, April 6 - 10, 2019. The number and arrangement of flex days will remain the same as the current academic year.
On Tuesday, November 20, district management emailed an initial proposal for the 2020 – 2021 instructional calendar to AFT Local 1828 with no mention of moving to a “compressed calendar.” AFT Local 1828 has consistently stated its willingness to discuss and study moving to a compressed calendar for many years. However, district management and the Board of Trustees have yet to demonstrate their support o switch to a compressed calendar.
Health Benefits Update
Major Errors Discovered
As we reported to you last month, the AFT/Management Health Benefits Committee’s work was halted due to the numerous data errors related to enrollment in our Health Benefits plans.
In a brief email update provided by Burnham (Health Benefits Consultant) on November 14, it was reported that were mistakes with OVER 100 enrollments in Anthem Blue Cross alone. Burnham has been working with district staff to try and correct the errors in time to do a survey of the Health Benefits marketplace, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in December.
Also, it was reported again that the loss ratio reports distributed to the AFT/Management Health Benefits Committee over the past several years were inaccurate. Your AFT Health Benefits Reps (Alan Hayashi, Jeanette Redding, Ty Gardner, and Angela Wilkins) will continue to demand complete and accurate data before we consider any changes to our health plans. The next meeting of the Health Benefits Committee is scheduled for Thursday, December 6.