If you have HealthNet or Blue Cross insurance you may be paying $50 to $200 per month more for health care benefits than you should. UPTE has filed an unfair labor practice charge to overturn this increase and demand reimbursement.
For HealthNet: If you got raises in 2008 (including January 2009) that increased your pay from under $45,000 to over $45,000, UC increased your rates unilaterally by about 50%.
For Blue Cross: UC decreased the cost of Blue Cross, but this does not apply to UPTE- represented employees because we are still in bargaining. UPTE chose not to allow UC to change the cost of health benefit premiums, because few of us are on Blue Cross and the other plans had cost increases that would have negatively affected most of our members. UC advertises the lower rates, but does not make clear these do not apply to techs or researchers either during the open enrollment period or for new hires.
UPTE does not know which health plan our members have chosen. If you think that you might be one of the affected employees, let us know by filling out the brief form below. When our legal challenge prevails, we want to make sure that you get reimbursed.