Soldotna, January 16, 2016—On Wednesday evening, during collective bargaining, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) negotiating team responded to a high deductible health care offer presented by the Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA), and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association (KPESA). After thorough analysis, the District provided an 11 page response* outlining costs and reasoning, with the conclusion it could not accept the proposal because the district’s health care costs would increase by $1.1 million, among other reasons.*
In response to the KPEA and KPESA offer, on January 13, 2016, KPBSD presented the two Associations with a health care proposal** that also included a high deductible health care plan, but with a monthly cap on the employer contribution. The offer also included opt-out provisions for employees with alternate health care coverage. The District’s proposal was rejected by the KPEA and KPESA on January 13, 2016, and the two Associations did not present a formal counter proposal to KPBSD.
*January 13, 2016: KPBSD Response to KPEA and KPESA October 14, 2015, Health Care proposals
**January 13, 2016: KPBSD Health Care Proposal to KPEA and KPESA
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Contact: Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison
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