Domestic partner benefits at UGA?

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Faculty members at the University of Georgia are once again requesting that university leaders extend benefits, such as health insurance, to domestic partners. The University Council’s Human Resources Committee recently voted unanimously in favor of the request. The same council passed resolutions calling for the Board of Regents to approve benefits in 2002, 2005 and 2007. But the Regents  so far have ignored repeated calls from faculty at UGA and other University System of Georgia colleges and universities.

UGA is in a small minority of major colleges that have not extended health and other benefits to unmarried partners, according to the committee’s research. Most of the “aspirational” universities UGA would like to be more like offer the same benefits to domestic partners as available to spouses, including state flagship universities in Michigan, Wisconsin Texas .

Most of UGA’s “comparator peer institutions” — including the University of Florida and  the University of Kentucky — also have extended health insurance and other benefits beyond spouses to domestic partners.

The committee says that UGA administrators could set up a system using non-state funds even if the regents won’t approve spending the additional money. Previous studies have shown that costs involved with domestic partner coverage typically increase 1 percent to 2 percent when a company or university adopts such a system.

An executive committee is expected to approve the proposal Thursday. The proposal would then go to the full University Council for a vote. The council’s first meeting of the academic year is set for Sept. 27.

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Dea Whyte-Mansburten

September 12th, 2012
4:41 pm

Sorry…but why continue to PANDER to “outstanding faculty and staff” are gay?

In this economy, anyone who wants to jump ship and try their luck at landing a better job elsewhere is welcome to try. (Rotsa ruck!) That’s part of what a free country means…or at least used to mean…before equal protection under the law gave way to “protected classes of people.”
If UGA REALLY wants to attract/maintain quality faculty & staff, I might imagine that GIVING RAISES TO GAYS & STRAIGHTS ALIKE, after 6 years of fiscal drought would be a more even-handed & successful strategy.

Craig

September 12th, 2012
3:45 pm

Yes — the UGA should once against demonstrate its leadership role among the University System of Georgia institutions and provide domestic partner benefits. It will reduce barriers to attracting outstanding faculty and staff, thereby enhancing the quality of the educational experience for students. Georgia generally is behind the rest of the country in recognizing that we live in the 21st Century, and that economic conditions such as domestic partner benefits can have a critical influence on where people choose to work. If UGA succeeds, then perhaps the System office will take notice — even at a time when the System office is clawing back across-the-board state allocations.

skipper

September 12th, 2012
1:43 pm

@BenC,
Tell it like it is…………..I went to UGA (years ago) and this is the biggest crock imaginable…..