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					                               Tentative Agreement Between
                             Menlo Park Fire Protection District
                                            And
                             Menlo Park Firefighters Association
13.       Health, Welfare and Benefits

13. 1 Medical Insurance

          13.1.1 Medical Insurance Benefits

                       The District agrees to contract with the California Public Employees
                       Retirement System (CalPERS) Health Benefits Program for the
                       purpose of providing employees, their dependents and eligible
                       retirees with access to medical insurance benefits. Unit members
                       must comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the
                       CalPERS Health Benefits Program and the Public Employees
                       Medical and Hospital Care Act (PEMHCA).

                       In the event medical insurance coverage in effect on July 1, 2008
                       becomes unavailable, or upon request of the District, the parties
                       agree to meet and confer on modifying this Article to provide for an
                       alternative group medical insurance plan which meets or exceeds the
                       provisions contained in Sections 13.

          13.1.2 District’s Employer Contribution for Medical Insurance Benefits

                       The amount required by Government Code Section 22892 shall be the
                       District’s Employer Contribution for medical insurance benefits. This
                       contribution is required only to the extent mandated by law and only
                       as long as the District participates in the PEMHCA plan.

                       The Districts Basic Contribution in 2008 is $97.00 per month, in 2009
                       is $101.00 per month, and will increase in future years as required by
                       law.

          13.1.3 District Supplemental Medical Contribution

                       Effective September 1, 2008, The District shall provide to each full-
                       time unit member a maximum supplemental monthly contribution
                       towards the cost of medical plans that, when added to the District



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                       Basic Contribution in Section 13.1.2 will have a total equal to the
                       CalPERS Health Kaiser Family Premium. An Employee who elects
                       to participate in a medical plan with a cost greater than the cost of
                       Kaiser Family must pay the difference between the two plans.

                       13.1.3.1   Fringe Benefit for Employees opting out of Sections
                            13.1.2&13.1.3

                                         Employees who opt out of participating District-sponsored
                                         health insurance plans are not eligible to receive any
                                         benefits under Section 13.1.2 or 13.1.3 above. Instead,
                                         employees who opt of participating in District-sponsored
                                         health insurance plans will receive a Fringe Benefit
                                         Allowance in the amount of $750.00 per month.

                                         Any Fringe Benefit Allowance provided under this Section
                                         13.1.3.1 may be received by the employee as either: (1)
                                         cash; (2) a contribution to employee’s 457 deferred
                                         compensation plan; (3) a contribution to the employee’s
                                         129 DCAP account; or (4) participation in the 125 flexible
                                         spending program.

                                         In order to receive benefits under this Section 13.1.3.1,
                                         employees must provide written proof of health insurance
                                         coverage.

13.2      Dental Program

          The District will provide a self funded employee dental plan for the members covered by
          this MOU. The plan document will be on file with the Districts Administration. Any
          changes to this document during the term of this MOU shall require an agreement
          between the Union and the District. Effective July 1, 2001, the District shall contribute
          one hundred twenty-two dollars ($122.00) per month toward the employee dental plan.

13.3      IRS 129 - Dependent Care Assistance Program

          The District shall establish and implement a Dependent Care Assistance
          Program (DCAP) for active unit members that complies with all applicable
          IRS rules.

          If in its sole discretion, the District determines that administration of the
          DCAP will require the services of an outside entity, participating unit
          members shall pay their prorated share of the contracted administration fee.

13.4      IRS 457 - Deferred Compensation Plan


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          The District shall establish and implement a Deferred Compensation plan
          that complies with all applicable IRS rules. Each active unit member shall
          be eligible to participate in the District’s Deferred Compensation plan.
          Approved 457 carriers are:

                   ING Direct
                   Lincoln Financial Group
                   IAFF / Nationwide Retirement Solutions
                   National League of Cities / ICMA-Retirement Corporation

          The Plan Document, which outlines the carriers and guidelines for the 457
          plans, is available for review in the District’s Administration Office.

13.5      IRS 125 - Flexible Spending Plan

          For the duration of the MOU, the District agrees to maintain a Flexible
          Spending Plan, pursuant to Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, for the
          purpose of providing employees with access to various health and welfare
          benefits with pre-tax dollars. Such allocation by the employee will be governed by
          the rules of the District’s flexible benefit program that shall be developed by the Union
          and the Fire Chief and that shall include a once a year open enrollment period. Benefits
          available to the bargaining group include but are not limited to:

                       1)     Long Term Disability Carriers
                         a)   California State Firefighters Association (CSFA)
                         b)   California Association of Professional Firefighters (CAPF)
                       2)     Life Insurance Carriers
                         a)   California State Firefighters Association (CSFA)
                         b)   Lincoln Life Insurance
                       3)     Pre Paid Legal Services Incorporated
                       4)     Insurance Premium Expenses
                       5)     Dependent Care for Child and Elder
                         a)   up to five thousand dollars ($5000.00) per year
                       6)     Un-reimbursed Dental, Medical and Vision Costs
                         a)   up to three thousand six hundred dollars ($3600.00) per year

          The District shall comply with Internal Revenue Code Section 125. In the
          event that the IRS determines that any unit member owes taxes on any
          benefit in Section 13, that unit member shall be solely and personally
          responsible for any federal, state, or local tax that may arise out of the
          implementation of the IRS 125 Flexible Spending Benefit.

13.6      IRS 501c3 - Post Employment Health Plan



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          The District agrees to participate in the Post Employment Health Plan
          (PEHP) for Menlo Park Firefighters Association, Local 2400, District 10, in
          accordance with the terms and conditions of the Plan’s Participation
          Agreement, a copy of which may be obtained from the Fire Chief or designee.
          The District and Union designate Nationwide Retirement Solutions to act as
          Plan Administrator for the Plan, or its successors appointed in accordance
          with the Plan and Trust Documents. Annually, the Union reserved the right
          to modify the percent of accrued leaves it wants to contributed to the Plan on
          behalf of unit members.

          Effective the 1st pay period directly following the ratification of this
          agreement,, the District shall contribute two percent (2%) of the Top Step
          Firefighter’s base monthly salary to the Post Employment Health Plan
          (“PEHP”) for each unit member.

13.7      Group Life Insurance

          Effective within sixty (60) days of ratification of this agreement, all
          employees covered by this MOU shall be provided One Thousand Dollars
          ($100,000) of group life insurance under a program to be selected and
          administered by the District.

13.8      Vision Care

          Effective within sixty (60) days of ratification of this agreement, The District
          Shall contract with Vision Service Plan (VSP) or a comparable vision care
          provider to provide Vision Care Plan “B” benefits for employees covered by
          this MOU. The Vision Care Plan “B” provides for an exam every 12 months,
          lenses every 12 months if needed and frames every 24 months. There will be
          a ten ($10) dollar co-pay for exams and a twenty five ($25) dollar co-pay for
          lenses and/or frames. Up to one hundred and twenty-fire ($125) dollars will
          be covered for frames and elective contact lenses. The District will cover up
          to the Employee +2 or more.

13.9      Retirement Benefits

          13.9.1 23.8         Retirement Plan

                    The District Retirement Plan is the State of California Public Employee’s
                    Retirement System (CalPERS) 3% at age 50 plan (3@50), with the following
                    options:

                       1.     (PRSA 50%) Half Continuance
                       2.     1957 Survivors Benefit


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                       3.     1959 Survivor Benefit at the “Indexed Level”
                       4.     Single Highest Year Option (FC 1 Year)
                       5.     Sick Leave Credit
                       6.     Military Status 76 ( Military Service Credit” Option)
                       7.     Retired DB $500
                       8.     Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of Two Percent (2%)
                       9.     2 Years Additional Service
                       10.    Pubic Service Layoff
                       11.    PRSA Continues
                       12.    Pre-Retirement Option 2W
                       13.    Military Retiree
                       14.    DB Continues
                       15.    Peace Corps : VISTA
                       16.    Prior Service Credit 1944
                       17.    Pre 1/98

                    Employees shall be responsible for the employees’ required contributions to the
                    Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

          13.9.2 Retiree Health Trust

                    The District shall establish and maintain a tax-deferred Retiree
                    Health Trust for unit members covered by this MOU. If in its sole
                    discretion, the District determines that the Retiree Health Trust will
                    require the services of an outside administrator, participating unit
                    members shall pay their prorated share of the contracted
                    administration fee.

          13.9.3 Retiree Medical Benefits

                    During the open enrollment period prior to a unit member’s
                    retirement, CalPERS regulations may require the unit member to elect
                    health insurance coverage under Section 13.1. After a unit member
                    retires, the District shall contribute to the retired unit member’s
                    medical coverage the minimum amount required by Government Code
                    Section 22892 and the District Resolution establishing participation in
                    the PEMHCA program. Any contribution provided to a retiree under
                    this provision shall not exceed the District’s Employer Contribution as
                    described in Section 13.1.2 of this Article. The District contribution to
                    retired unit member’s medical coverage shall be required only to the
                    extent required by law. This section does not establish a vested benefit,
                    and the District’s contribution to retired unit members’ medical
                    coverage may be changed in future negotiations.

          13.9.4 Supplemental Retiree Medical Contribution


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                    Bargaining unit members who retire from the District and who have
                    completed at least twenty (20) years of District service are eligible to
                    receive a supplement retirement benefit. The District shall provide to
                    each eligible retired bargaining group member a maximum
                    supplemental monthly contribution towards the cost of medical plans
                    that, when added to the District Basic Contribution in Section 13.1.2
                    will have a total equal to the CalPERS Health Kaiser Employee
                    Premium.
                    A Retiree who elects to participate in a medical plan with a cost
                    greater than the cost of Kaiser Employee must pay the difference
                    between the two plans. If and when an retiree becomes for Medicare
                    coverage, Part A and Part B, then the District shall provide the retiree
                    a supplementary program as provided for in Government Code
                    Sections 22819 and 22839.

13.9      Health, Welfare and Benefits for Domestic Partners

          The District will provide access to medical and dental insurance for
          registered domestic partners of bargaining unit members to the same extent,
          and subject to the same terms and conditions as medical and dental
          insurance benefits are made available to spouses of unit members. Access to
          benefits is conditioned upon the domestic partnership meeting all the criteria
          of California Family Code Section 297, et seq. and upon the unit member
          presenting the District with proof that a valid declaration of domestic
          partnership has been filed with the Secretary of State pursuant to Family
          Code Section 297, et seq. Benefits offered under this section are subject to
          any applicable state and federal law and the District is not responsible for
          the tax treatment or any other legal consequences that may occur as a result
          of providing access to domestic partner benefits.

FOR THE DISTRICT                                  FOR MPFA

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Harold Schapelhouman                              John Wurdinger
Fire Chief                                        MPFA President

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Tim Campbell                                      Michael Sweeney
Battalion Chief                                   MPFA Vice President


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Maribeth Linhart                                  Ken Babcock
Interim Human Resource Manager                    Association Board Member


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Richard Bolanos                                   Ehren MacDonald
Legal Council                                     Association Board Member


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                                                  ___________________________
                                                  Greg Womble
                                                  Association Board Member


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