Baltimore County Retiree Health Care Dispute Drags On

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – Baltimore County officials are continuing to fight a court ruling ordering the county to pay millions of dollars to retired police officers who were overcharged for health insurance. After losing at the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in December, the county has appealed the case to the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. The case dates to 2007, when the county moved to…

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Comprehensive ‘Status Quo’ Opinion From Florida Court

The collective bargaining agreements between the City of Gainesville, Florida and the labor unions representing police, fire, and other employees do not discuss health insurance benefits for retirees. Until 1995, the City paid 100% of retirees’ health insurance premiums for individual coverage including all premium increases occurring after retirement. In 1995, the City reduced the percentage, but continued to pay a fixed percentage of retirees’ insurance premiums, including the…

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Employer Can Change Post-Retirement Health Insurance Benefits Without Violating Constitution

For many years, the collective bargaining agreement between the State of Rhode Island and Council 94 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) contained a clause requiring the State to pay a portion of the costs of post-retirement health insurance. The most recent agreement between the State and AFSCME expired on June 30, 2008, and the State gave timely notice to AFSCME that it was…

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