VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: October 15, 2021!

This is important to remember. Why? Because, in just a few months, the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem will gavel in the 2022 legislative session, and there’s a host of issues for VSEA members to come together to support, including: full funding of the Pay Act, fair pension reform, enhanced employee safety and health protections and finding ways to address the staffing crisis across state government.
 
United We Stand, Divided We Beg  

Alert About Consent Form For Employees Who Opt Of COVID Testing

Pension Task Force Releases Interim Report

Make It A Union-Made Halloween

VSEA Fall Membership Drive Wraps Up Next Week!

2021-2022 Bolton Valley Partner Pass Added To The VSEA Advantage Program!

Sugarbush Once Again Offering Discounted Corporate Pass To VSEA Members!

John Deere Workers Strike!

Video: Kellogg’s Strike Leaders Explain Why Workers Are Walking The Line

Film & TV Workers Threaten To Strike Monday

Maine State Employees Ratify New Contract

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VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: October 8, 2021!

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This postcard was mailed this week to VSEA Corrections Unit members statewide. It’s a reminder of the many gains VSEA Corrections Unit Bargaining Teams have been able to successfully negotiate over decades for Unit members. Hopefully, it also serves as a reminder to all VSEA members of how union membership benefits your work and personal life, while raising the bar for all Vermont workers. 

Latest VSEA Pension Task Force Webinar

As Predicted, State Finding It Difficult To Find Replacement For Woodside

Report Finds Brattleboro State Office Building Ready For Occupancy, But…

On The Frontlines To Ensure Clean Water

VSEA Fall Membership Drive Wraps Up Soon!

2021-2022 Bolton Valley Partner Pass Added To The VSEA Advantage Program!

Sugarbush Once Again Offering Discounted Corporate Pass To VSEA Members!

Quote Of The Week!

Next Week’s Union Meetings And Events

Reminders:

Speaker & Pro Team Seek Input On Vermont’s Future Path Forward: Good Opportunity For VSEA Members To Stress Pension Protection, Safety & Health Improvements, Staffing, Etc.

VSEA Diversity Committee Seeking Members

AOT Stewards Needed! Become A Worksite Steward Today!

View/Download Your Contract on VSEA.org

Solidarity Stories:

UVM Medical Center Imaging Technologists Ratify Agreement

No Contract, No Cereal. Kellogg’s Workers In Four States On Strike

NY Agricultural Workers Say “Union Yes” For First Time Ever

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As Predicted, State Finding It Difficult To Find Replacement For Woodside

Image: VTDigger

A story posted this week to VTDigger appears to validate workers’ and union’s concerns that it will be difficult for the State to find a new home in a timely manner for the now-shuttered Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center youth facility.

Last year, VSEA frontline workers at Woodside joined VSEA leaders in warning lawmakers about the ramifications of a decision to close Vermont’s sole care facility for at-risk youth. While the level of care and services were the workers’ and union’s primary reason to fight the closure, they also warned that siting a new facility would be a challenge in itself.

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VSEA members can now watch a recording of Monday’s Pension Task Force Update Webinar

VSEA members can now watch a recording of Monday’s Pension Task Force Update Webinar. In a collaborative effort with the Vermont NEA and Vermont Trooper’s Association, VSEA is producing a series of webinars to update members and retirees about any and all developments with the newly formed Pension Task Force. The webinars are being held on the first Monday of every month, and all are encouraged to log in.

View the October 4 Webinar here. (Log-in required)

VSEA members can create a free VSEA.org account here.

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Ensuring Clean & Healthy Water For All Vermonters

Courtesy photo Valley News/James M. Patterson.

A photo of VSEA Board of Trustees member Dr. Leslie Matthews ran at the top of a story posted this week to VTDigger about a building moratorium being implemented around Lake Morey until there is a better understanding of the nutrient sources that are contributing to repeated cyanobacteria blooms. Matthews, an Environmental Scientist with ANR, is pictured here testing the lake water. We appreciate your service, Dr. Matthews!

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