Teachers union: Snyder law limiting government employee benefits is unnecessary
Teachers union leaders say their members were agreeing to concessions even before Gov. Rick Snyder on Saturday signed the law that limits the amount public employers may pay for government employee medical benefits, the Grand Rapids Press reported.
Beginning on Jan. 1, a public employer such as a city, county or township will be limited from paying more than $5,500 for health benefits annually for a single employee, $11,000 for an employee plus spouse or $15,000 for family coverage, according to the report.
Employers may split the cost of medical coverage with workers, who will have to pay a proportion of their health insurance costs - but no more than 80 percent of the annual cost of medical benefits, the Press reported.
Teachers union leaders said the law is unnecessary, noting that teachers in districts across the state agreed to wage freezes and significant insurance contributions in response to the $470-per student cut in state aid.
Snyder signed the bill into law before heading to Asia, according to a news release issued today.