health care benefits http://michiganradio.org en City of Lansing finalizes new contract with UAW employees http://michiganradio.org/post/city-lansing-finalizes-new-contract-uaw-employees <p>Some Lansing city workers have a new three year contract.</p><p>The Lansing city council gave the final OK to the contract with the city’s UAW employees last night. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the contract, the city’s UAW employees will pay more toward their retirement benefits.&nbsp;&nbsp; Also, the families of new city employees will not be eligible for health benefits after the employee retires.&nbsp;&nbsp; The contract also includes a slight pay increase.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:37:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 14940 at http://michiganradio.org City of Lansing finalizes new contract with UAW employees Michigan Supreme Court declines to hear live-in partner benefits case http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-declines-hear-live-partner-benefits-case <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the policy that allows live-in partners of state employees to be covered by their health coverage.</p><p>The court’s decision allows the policy to stand.&nbsp;</p><p>The benefit was negotiated as part of most state employee contracts.</p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette challenged the benefit arguing that providing insurance for live-in partners violates the state’s ban on recognition of same-sex marriage and civil unions.</p><p>Voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 13:52:55 +0000 Rick Pluta 12392 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan mom asks for death benefits for in-vitro twins conceived after father's death http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-mom-asks-death-benefits-vitro-twins-conceived-after-fathers-death <p>A Michigan mother whose twins were conceived using&nbsp; in-vitro technology after their father died is asking the state Supreme Court to allow the children to get death benefits and inheritance rights.<br><br>Pam and Jeff Mattison had a daughter using in-vitro fertilization, and wanted more children.<br><br>But Jeff Mattison was ill, and died just before the procedure was performed again.<br><br>Pam Mattison had a twin boy and girl nine months after her husband died. She applied for Social Security benefits for the twins, but was denied.<br><br>Victor Bland is Mattison's attorney.<br> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:22:13 +0000 Rina Miller 9860 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan mom asks for death benefits for in-vitro twins conceived after father's death Are conservative Republicans trying to 'micromanage' state university budgets? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-conservative-republicans-trying-micromanage-state-university-budgets <p>A leader in Michigan&rsquo;s higher education community says state universities may urge the governor to veto the state education budget bill.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says it&rsquo;s a question of &lsquo;micromanaging&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Michael Boulus&nbsp;is the executive director of <a href="http://www.pcsum.org/aboutthecouncil/pcsumstaff/">the President&rsquo;s Council,</a> a group that lobbies on behalf of Michigan&rsquo;s public colleges and universities.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 May 2011 16:30:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 2382 at http://michiganradio.org Are conservative Republicans trying to 'micromanage' state university budgets? Extended health care benefits for unmarried state workers on hold http://michiganradio.org/post/extended-health-care-benefits-unmarried-state-workers-hold <p>Unmarried state workers will have to wait to see if incoming governor Rick Snyder's administration will consider extending health care benefits to their live-in partners.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta just filed this report:</p><blockquote><p>The state Civil Service Commission has delayed a vote on extending health benefits to the live-in partners of state employees. The commission was poised to make a decision, but the Granholm administration proposal had too many unanswered questions -- including whether state employees would be able to claim multiple domestic partners on their benefit plans. The delay likely kicks the decision into next year, when Governor Granholm will be gone and Governor-elect Rick Snyder will have the job. Snyder's spokesman says he has not taken a position on partner benefits for state workers. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 17:59:33 +0000 507 at http://michiganradio.org Extended health care benefits for unmarried state workers on hold