Has CSEA reached out to retirees to ask their opinions about leaving CalPERS or, to put another way, are any retirees on the negotiating team or providing input to the negotiating team? If so, what is this input?
Yes. We currently have two retirees on the Health Care Task Force representing retirees. Their input is heard by the negotiations team. Input includes issues such as:
Minimizing disruption to the Retiree Unit.
Provide plans that are equivalent or better than CalPERS.
Provide access to dental.
Maintain free services such as Silver Sneakers and call-in consultations.
Correct the disparity to retirees who live out of state. Currently retirees who live out of state have to receive a reimbursement check form the District to cover the cost for deductions to their pension payments due to a CalPERS regulation.