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I have a question about our contact negotiations.  I haven’t been able to find an answer and I know there are many smart people on here that might be able to help out.

We have been without a contract for a year now.  Recently, we were close to settling when an issue with retro pay came up.  The union was prepared to except terms of a new contract.  The new contract included retroactive pay for the year we went without a contract.  The board claims that we owe money toward the health care premium at the rate we would have paid if we were making the salary that the retro pay covers.

The board claims we owe about $150,000 dollars toward health care premiums which they intend on deducting from our retroactive pay.  

Question:  Is it common practice to deduct health care premiums from retroactive pay?  As I understand it, the premiums were already paid for.

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23 hours ago, jebjebitz said:

I have a question about our contact negotiations.  I haven’t been able to find an answer and I know there are many smart people on here that might be able to help out.

We have been without a contract for a year now.  Recently, we were close to settling when an issue with retro pay came up.  The union was prepared to except terms of a new contract.  The new contract included retroactive pay for the year we went without a contract.  The board claims that we owe money toward the health care premium at the rate we would have paid if we were making the salary that the retro pay covers.

The board claims we owe about $150,000 dollars toward health care premiums which they intend on deducting from our retroactive pay.  

Question:  Is it common practice to deduct health care premiums from retroactive pay?  As I understand it, the premiums were already paid for.

Its a common practice during negotiations that School board negotiators can claim anything. It's up to the union's negotiating team to decide on whether to deduct or not. 

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