From a PostalReporter reader: Name withheld upon request
to Lucille Caldwell
date Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 1:17 AM
subject PSE’s Health Insurance
Did you notice this unusual health insurance provision in the proposed USPS-APWU Tentative National Agreement, buried on pages 173 to 174? The Postal Service is dangling this as an incentive for APWU members to vote YES on the proposed contract.
After an initial appointment for a 360-day term and upon reappointment to another 360-day term, any eligible non-career PSE employee who wants to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program on a pretax basis will be required to make an election to do so in accordance with procedures to be published as soon as administratively practicable. A previous appointment as a transitional employee will count toward qualifying for participation in FEHB, in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulations. The total cost of health insurance is the responsibility of the PSE employee, except as provided below.
The Postal Service will make a contribution in the amount of 75% of the total premium for any eligible PSE who selects the APWU Consumer Driven Health Plan.
Only an APWU member can belong to this FEHBP health plan. Isn’t that clever? Under this proposed contract a Postal Support Employee that doesn’t join the APWU will lose an employer-contribution of $6,817 annually on his/her family health insurance enrollment or $3030 on a self only enrollment [see APWU attachment based on 2011 rates].