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MTEA Soften its Stance on Viagra and Drops Lawsuit

Union, MPS

From MJS


Milwaukee teachers union drops Viagra lawsuit


Madison - The Milwaukee teachers union has dropped a lawsuit seeking to keep Viagra coverage in its health insurance plans, a spokesman for the organization confirmed Monday.


Stan Johnson, executive director for the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, declined to comment further on the matter, but court records reviewed by the Associated Press indicate the union, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and the state labor commission agreed to dismiss the lawsuit on March 1.


The union sued in July 2010 to force the school board to again include the erectile dysfunction drug and similar pills in its health insurance plans.


MPS first agreed to cover drugs that treat erectile dysfunction in 2002.  During negotiations with the union for its 2003-2005 contract, MPS tried to stop coverage, citing rising costs.  An arbitrator sided with the district in 2005.


The union's lawyers argued that dropping the drug coverage constituted discrimination against male employees because Milwaukee Public Schools' health plans covered medications for female sexual dysfunction.


The district countered that eliminating the drug coverage was a necessary cost-saving measure.  It also argued the move was not discriminatory because Viagra and similar drugs are mainly recreational.


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