It isn’t the first time the city has had to settle with retirees over their health benefits; in fact it’s not even the second. The city settled with retirees in 2007 and 2011 over benefits changes that had been enacted in 2005 and 2006.
Here we go again
The complaints cite some passages in the settlement over Wanda Sorensen et al, versus The City of Racine, which was filed in 2006 and settled in 2007 over changes to retiree benefits which were passed in 2005.
The current complaint cited the following requirements of the settlement, which stated:
“For the lifetime of the Retiree and the lifetime of Retiree’s surviving Spouse, if any, the City shall not, at any time, require the Retiree or the surviving Spouse, as the case may be, to contribute toward the premium cost of his or her single or family coverage under the Plan, and amount more than the lesser or: A. 5% of the total premium cost of said coverage; B. $30 per month for single coverage or $60 per month for family coverage;…