Anoka approves wage increases, benefits for 2013

The Anoka City Council has approved 2013 updates to the medical, dental and wage benefits for the city’s non-union employees.

Next year the city will renew its health insurance policy with Medica, which it has had for the past four years.

The city offers four different plans from which its employees can choose, said Deb Erar, human resources director.

There is a 12 percent increase in the cost of the health insurance coverage for 2013.

That is expected to cost the city approximately $50,000 extra next year. Employees also share in the cost of their health care premiums for three of the tiers offered by the city.

Those who choose employee only coverage (single person) will continue to have 100 percent of their premiums paid by the city, said Erar.

Erar is pleased the city can offer a variety of options for health insurance, she said.

“The more choices we have for our employees the more it benefits everyone,” said Erar. “When you only offer one choice you usually target one group that it can help. Now people get a lot of discretion on what helps them the most.”

There is also a 3.5 percent increase in dental insurance premiums for employees that opt to have coverage in 2013. Employees are responsible for 100 percent of their dental insurance premiums, offered through Delta Dental.

Non-union staff will also see a wage increase in 2013.

The city council approved a 1 percent increase in January and another 1 percent in July. This is consistent with wage increases offered in 2012, said Erar, following two years with no wage increases.

Contracts for the city’s union employees are negotiated separately, but the city typically offers the same wages and benefit increases to both.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]