Defining the Trust
The Union Benefits Trust offers dental, vision and life insurance benefits, Working Solutions and the legal service plan to approximately 43,000 Union-represented State employees.
The Trust is the product of several years of work by the Unions serving the
State employees. OCSEA, the largest Union for Ohio's State employees, established
the Trust through collective bargaining in its 1992-1994 agreement with the
State. The Unions believed that they could administer benefits more effectively
and efficiently for Union-represented State employees, and the Trust today is
proof of that belief.
On January 27, 1993, the Trust was born with the official signing of the Trust
Serving the Members
The Trust members are the 43,000 Union-represented State employees in:
OCSEA/AFSCME Local 11
District 1199/ Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Ohio State Troopers Association (OSTA)
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)/OLC
State Council of Professional Educators (SCOPE) / Ohio Education Association (OEA) and
Communication Workers of America (CWA).
Setting policy benefiting members and administering the assets of the Trust
are a few of the Trustees' duties. The Trustees consist
of representatives from the five Unions with the most State employees, and a
representative of the State.
A full-time staff provides additional support to members. The staff offers
professional assistance through expertise in benefits analysis, customer service
and communication. Members learn about important benefits enrollment information
and education through Trust Talk, the Trust's
Together, the staff and the Trustees created a mission
statement to guide the Trust.
Over the next few years, the Trust plans to:
Continue to focus on our customers and their needs
Explore the expansion of our market base
Expand communications to reach a greater percentage of members through emerging
Increase member satisfaction with benefits as gauged through member input and
Reinforce the identity of the Trust and supporting Unions.
will add new benefits or enhance existing benefits that meet
the mission through the direction of the Trustees. For example,
dental, vision and supplemental life insurance benefits were improved July 1, 2006, with enhancements such as: polycarbonate and progressive lenses covered in full (in network), increases to the maximums for orthodontia and annual limit in dental and the maximum amounts available for members and spouses in the supplemental life insurance plan. These changes meet the criteria of
the mission, as they positively impact the members served
by the Trust and their families.
Continuing to provide benefits and services that fulfill the mission statement may become more challenging in the next few years. Members face continual change
at work and at home, as they work to meet the demands of society, employer and family. To help members, the Trust will stay focused on its core priorities,
but will develop the flexibility to adapt to members' changing needs. Serving members is the Trust's business. And that won't change.
For more information about the Union Benefits Trust or its benefits and services,
contact the Trust.
Updated August 2006