|By Joyce Russell, The Times, Munster, Ind.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It approved two ordinances and put on hold the possibility of pay increases for nonunion employees choosing a new health insurance plan.
The first group moving toward changes in health insurance are the approximate 35 nonunion employees. Open enrollment for the three new health insurance plans begins
As part of the deal, the administration has suggested those employees receive 3 percent pay increases.
"We are offering less rich health insurance and giving a raise to compensate," said Clerk-Treasurer
However, the council held only the first reading on the proposed increase because of some unanswered questions regarding the ability to give some employees raises while holding off on others. It is likely it will discuss the issue again at its
The city is continuing to negotiate with union employees. While the
The council approved an ordinance allowing employees who choose the high deductible with a health savings account insurance option to sell back a week of vacation. They could sell back the week for 125 percent of its value or
"We are raising their deductible and we want to give employees some sort of parachute," Snyder said.
The council also approved raising the city's self-insurance plan from
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