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Benefits for the city unionized employees are negotiated as a part of labor contracts between the City of Woburn and the specific unionized groups. Other, non-unionized employees, receive benefits which are more completely covered by the city ordinances.The City of Woburn employees have the following benefits:

Contributory Health Insurance
  • City pays 80% of HMO premiums, employees pay 20%.
  • City pays 65% of Indemnity health insurance premiums, employees pay 35%.

Contributory basic term life insurance
  • Term coverage starts at $5,000.
  • City pays half the premium, employee pays half
  • Additionally, employees may purchase at group term rates optional addition life insurance up to a maximum of $1,000 less than annual salary.

Dental Insurance
  • Employees pay 100% of the premium under group rates

Paid vacation
  • Minimum of two weeks and maximum of five weeks per year
  • Dependent on years of service and for union employees, dependent on negotiated terms of the labor contract

Paid Personal Days
  • Two per year unless labor contract provides different terms.

Paid bereavement days
  • Number of days dependent on the relationship of the employee to the deceased person.

Earned sick leave
  • Each employee earns one and one-quarter sick days per month or fifteen days per year.
  • Sick days may be used only for legitimate sickness and/or injury
  • and may be accumulated, if not used
  • There is no other sick leave or disability coverage for employees. The labor contracts for union employees and city ordinances for non-union employees provide more complete information on sick leave.

Comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
This provides emergency counseling and referral services for a number of problems and issues which employees sometimes face, including:
  • Substance abuse
  • Marital and other family issues
  • Crisis counseling
  • Child care referrals
  • Elder care referrals
  • Legal service referrals, etc.

Voluntary Wellness program

  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation Program in which an employee may designate an amount of money to be withheld on a pre-tax basis from weekly pay and invested on a tax exempt basis in one of a number of investment options.
  • The Deferred Compensation Program is under the oversight of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Treasurer’s Department and is administered on a contract basis by Great West Retirement Services.
  • Contributory retirement pension plan.
  • See the retirement system administrator for additional information on the pension plan.

NOTE: All employee premiums or contributions are deducted on a pre-tax basis from the
employee’s weekly pay.