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MWRA Employee Benefits

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Benefits for Union Employees

  • Health Insurance
    The MWRA offers employees a choice of several health insurance options including an indemnity plan, a preferred provider organization and several health maintenance organizations. The MWRA pays 75% of health insurance premiums and employees pay 25%. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the-month following 60 days from date of hire.

  • Dental Insurance
    Dental benefits are provided through the Health and Welfare fund of the Union. Coverage for most new employees begins after six months of service. Unit 6 employees may choose to be covered by the MWRA Dental Plan or by the Union Plan.
  • Basic Life Insurance
    All health care options include a term life insurance policy for
    $5,000. The MWRA pays 75% of the premium. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the month following 60 days from date of hire.
  • Optional Life Insurance
    Employees may elect additional term life insurance up to eight times their annual salary. Employees pay the full cost of these premiums. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the month following 60 days from date of hire.
  • Mutual Aid
    Mutual Aid is designed to provide employees with income protection on a short-term basis if the employee is unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury. Employees who have completed their probationary period are eligible to participate in the Mutual Aid program.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
    Employees may purchase long term disability insurance to provide a steady income if they become totally disabled. Benefits of up to 55% of salary are paid after an employee has been disabled for 90 days. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the month following 60 days from date of hire.
  • Retirement
    All employees are automatically enrolled in the MWRA Retirement System as of date of hire. Each pay period a percentage of an employee’s salary is deducted from his/her paycheck and deposited into the MWRA Retirement System. The deduction is 9% on earnings up to $30,000 and 11% on earnings over $30,000.
  • Deferred Compensation
    The MWRA offers a voluntary retirement savings program. This tax deferred compensation plan allows a maximum deferral of $18,000 per year (2015).
  • Direct Deposit
    The MWRA provides for direct deposit of paychecks into most banks.
  • Tuition Aid
    Employees with six months service are eligible for tuition aid for job related courses through two programs, tuition remission and tuition reimbursement. Tuition aid is provided for tuition, curriculum fees, registration fees, and laboratory fees. Books and other fees that may be required by the school are not covered under either program. Tuition remission, for classes at state schools, provides for full-time eligible employees. Employees are eligible to use the reimbursement program for the balance of allowable costs after remission. Tuition reimbursement covers 100% of of state school post remission costs. It also covers 80% of private school allowable costs up to a maximum of $2,500 per fiscal year for job related courses and degree programs. This includes tuition and curriculum fees, registration fees and laboratory fees.
  • Holidays
    MWRA observes 11 holidays per calendar year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
  • Vacation
    Most employees earn 2 weeks vacation each year; Unit 6 employees earn 3 weeks per year.
  • Sick Leave
    Employees earn one day of sick leave for each full month on active status.
  • Personal Leave
    Employees are entitled to 3 personal days each fiscal year. Personal Leave is prorated on the employees first year.
  • Other Leave
    The MWRA also offers other types of leave such as bereavement, civic duty, military, and family and medical leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential, professional counseling and evaluation service provided for employees and their family members. The program also provides a resource and referral service for child care and elder care.

Benefits for Non-Union Employees

  • Health Insurance
    The MWRA offers employees a choice of several health insurance options including an indemnity plan, a preferred provider organization and several health maintenance organizations.
    The MWRA pays 75% of health insurance premiums and employees pay 25%. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the-month following 60 days from date of hire.
  • Dental Insurance
    The MWRA offers employees dental insurance, and pays 90% of the premium. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the month following 15 days from date of hire.
  • Basic Life Insurance
    All health care options include a term life insurance policy for
    $5,000. The MWRA pays 75% of the premium. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the month following 60 days from date of hire.
  • Optional Life Insurance
    Employees may elect additional term life insurance up to eight times their annual salary. Employees pay the full cost of these premiums. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the month following 60 days from date of hire.
  • Salary Continuation
    Salary continuation provides income protection on a short-term basis if an employee is unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury. Employees are eligible for salary continuation once they have exhausted their sick leave.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
    Employees may purchase long term disability insurance to provide a steady income if they become totally disabled. Benefits of up to 55% of salary are paid after an employee has been disabled for 90 days. Coverage for new employees begins the first day of the month following 60 days from date of hire.
  • Retirement
    All employees are automatically enrolled in the MWRA Retirement System as of date of hire. Each pay period a percentage of an employee’s salary is deducted from his/her paycheck and deposited into the MWRA Retirement System. The deduction is 9% on earnings up to $30,000 and 11% on earnings over $30,000.
  • Deferred Compensation
    The MWRA offers a voluntary retirement savings program. This tax deferred compensation plan allows a maximum deferral of $18,000 per year (2015).
  • Direct Deposit
    The MWRA provides for direct deposit of paychecks into most banks.
  • Tuition Aid
    Employees with six months service are eligible for tuition aid for job related courses through two programs, tuition remission and tuition reimbursement. Tuition aid is provided for tuition, registration fees, and laboratory fees. Books and other fees that may be required by the school are not covered under either program. Tuition remission, for classes at state schools, provides for a 50% or 100% reduction of tuition depending on an individual’s student status (part-time or full-time). Employees are eligible to use the reimbursement program for the balance of allowable costs after remission. Tuition reimbursement for courses at private institutions covers 80% of allowable costs up to a maximum of $2500 per individual per fiscal year.
  • Holidays
    MWRA observes 11 holidays per calendar year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
  • Vacation
    Most employees earn 2 weeks vacation each year; Unit 6 employees earn 3 weeks per year.
  • Sick Leave
    Employees earn one day of sick leave for each full month on active status.
  • Personal Leave
    Employees are entitled to 3 personal days each fiscal year. Personal Leave is prorated on the employees first year.
  • Other Leave
    The MWRA also offers other types of leave such as bereavement, civic duty, military, and family and medical leave.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential, professional counseling and evaluation service provided for employees and their family members. The program also provides a resource and referral service for child care and elder care.

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Updated September 12, 2016

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