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On May 5, 2014 at the Annual Town Meeting, we came up just 9 VOTES short in our bid to cut $680,000 from the health insurance budget. Our goal was to salvage the missed opportunity when the Teachers Union torpedoed a proposed change to Tufts Health plan. A change that would have saved $1 Million in the first year — with $680,000 going to taxpayers (the money we tried to restore) and $320,000 going to employees. The debate was the lead story in the 5/6/2014 Eagle Tribune: Andover Town Meeting engages in raucous debate. (Also see related Patch Blog post: Union vote costs taxpayers nearly $1 million.)
5/10/2014: Legal Opinion may have tainted health insurance vote. See our Patch Blog Post for more details.
5/19/2014: Newly elected Selectman Mary O'Donoghue took a stand for Andover residents. On 5/19/2014, she rallied the other Selectman in a 5-0 vote to instruct the Town Manager to reopen negotiations with the town's unions on the health insurance issue. The story appeared in the Andover Townsman and raised another troubling issue of a conflict of interest with the Town Manager and our existing health plan provider.
5/27/2014: Tufts Health Plan released this letter that details their proposal, addresses union concerns and shows they are ready to move forward.
5/28/2014: Meeting with Town unions occurred on Wednesday, May 28th at 3:30 PM. See latest updates on our Patch Blog.