“While negotiating our most recent contract in 2010, we agreed to accept only one health insurance provider because it would save the college in excess of $100,000 per year over the previous options,” she said.
Members of the Faculty Association also stated during the meeting that Jablonski and the board rejected the early-retirement incentive plan recently proposed by the association.
“The layoffs come as a result of your decision to reject the Faculty Association’s retirement incentive proposal, a proposal that is considerably less costly than the college’s offer last year,” Foley told the board at the meeting.
Last spring, the college offered a three-tiered early retirement incentive, which depending on the number of years an employee served the college, offered a lump sum of $30,000, $20,000 or $10,000 to employees who retired early.
This lump sum, Jablonski told the Press-Republican, was in addition to any retirement benefits an employee was contractually entitled to.
The purpose of offering the incentive, he said, was to see if any of the college’s long-term employees would be willing to retire early, allowing the college to hire replacements at a lower rate of pay.
No members of the Faculty Association took the package; however, two college employees, including Moffett, did.
On Nov. 15, the Faculty Association presented its early-retirement incentive proposal, which the association estimated would result in $1.3 million in savings to the college over the next five years.
The proposal, Foley told the Press-Republican, was rejected without negotiation.
“They just said ‘no,’” she said.
The association’s proposal pertained to retirements at the end of 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 and called for the college to pay 100 percent of the cost of retiree health insurance, as well as 100 percent of health insurance costs for retirees’ surviving spouses after their death.
Jablonski said this didn’t make sense for the college in the long term since CCC currently only pays 90 percent of retiree health insurance costs and does not cover surviving spouses.