Corrections union deal ratified
Teamsters Local 633 represents more than 300 state employees in the Department of Corrections, including corrections officers and corrections corporals.
In return, employees are agreeing to take a more active role in managing their health and health care costs. The state will switch to a site-of-service plan, where certain services employees will have the option to go to select providers or pay a deductible.
The changes will help reduce the state’s future liability for the federal “Cadillac tax” on health plans worth more than $20,000 a year, scheduled to go into effect in 2018.
“Our people cannot truly be safe and justice cannot fully be done without a strong and effective corrections system, and our corrections officers are the backbone of that system, providing a safe, secure and humane correctional system that respects the victims of crime and helps individuals safely move back into society when they have served their sentences,” Hassan said. “I thank Teamsters Local 633 for working with the state to reach this fair agreement that will create important health care savings for the state and provide an important boost for our corrections officers and their families.”