Compensation and Benefits

Watertown Educators Association

Other Collective Bargaining Unions

(Offered to employees who work .5 FTE or greater)

Medical Insurance

We offer a variety of medical insurance plans. All of the plans are offered through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC).

The effective date of medical insurance is the first of the month following 60 days of employment. If electing to enroll in health insurance, employees must select their plan within 10 days of hire. Employees have a choice of selecting an individual or a family plan. Open enrollment is held in April and May of each year with an effective date of July 1st.

Dental Insurance

We offer a choice of 2 dental plans. Both plans are offered through DMS Dental. The effective date of dental insurance is the first of the month after your date of hire. Open enrollment is held in May of each year with an effective date of July 1st.

Retirement Plans

As a .5 FTE or greater, you will become a member of the municipal retirement plans, either Massachusetts Teachers Retirement or Watertown Retirement. Employees who work less than half time will become members of the OBRA retirement system.

Flexible Spending Accounts

You may enroll in a medical or dependent care spending account. The annual limit for our medical spending account is $2500 and the annual limit for the dependent care spending account is $5000. You may elect to utilize debit cards to pay for your expenses.

Short or Long Term Disability Insurance

You may elect to enroll in short or long term disability insurance. You can choose the amount of disability benefits to meet your needs, subject to income.

Term Life Insurance

For a minimal fee, we offer $10,000 term life insurance through Boston Mutual Life Insurance. You may purchase additional voluntary life insurance for you, your spouse or dependents for a minimal fee.

Time Off

Please refer to your specific union contract for time off provisions that include holiday time, sick time, personal time and if applicable vacation time.

Credit Union

We offer our employees the choice of belonging to the Watertown Credit Union.

Direct Deposit

A program that allows you to have your weekly pay deposited directly to your bank account.

Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan

We offer a 457 Plan through ING Aetna that allows you to save additional money for retirement.

403 B Retirement Plans

We offer you a choice of 403B retirement plans enabling you to save additional money for retirement.


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