Whereas, The PEBB administered benefits represent a substantial reduction in benefits for the years 2001 and 2002 and an increase in costs for most faculty; and
Whereas, The current PEBB benefit system contains a structure of subsidies that run counter to faculty needs and preferences as documented in PEBB surveys; and
Whereas, The planning of benefit packages under PEBB has ignored the needs unique to higher education faculty; and
Whereas, Faculty as a group may represent a relatively low cost pool of beneficiaries; and
Whereas, The originating legislation (SB 271) said the System "...may elect, at the discretion of the State Board of Higher Education, to provide alternative benefits plans to its employees, should the same level of benefits be available at a lower cost..."; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate of the University of Oregon approve a petition to request that the Board of the Oregon University System work with due haste to develop and implement a plan to separate faculty health care benefits from PEBB control by developing a system of benefits governance that is more responsive to faculty concerns and more cost effective in meeting faculty health care needs.