VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: September 17, 2021!

VSEA is thanking Barre Community Correctional Officer and VSEA Member, Fred Fleury, for a great summer of racing at Thunder Road and for using your car to send two important messages to Vermonters who attended a race this season at Thunder Road: “A Pension is a Promise” and “Protect Our Pensions!”

VSEA 77th Annual Meeting Concludes. Aimee Towne
Re-Elected President

Latest VSEA Pension Task Force Update

Public Assets President’s Testimony Supports Tax Restructuring, Not Cuts, To Keep Pensions Whole

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.

Springfield Chapter Employee Appreciation Day!

Sugarbush Once Again Offering Discounted Corporate Pass To VSEA Members!

Next Week’s Union Meetings And Events

Quote Of The Week!

Solidarity Stories:

New Colorado Study Finds Public Sector Workers Earn Less Than Private-Sector Counterparts

New Mexico’s Experiment With Private Prisons Fizzles

Tentative Agreement Reached In Nabisco Strike. Portland Rejects Contract

Important Reminders:

VSEA Diversity Committee Seeking Members

AOT Stewards Needed! Become A Worksite Steward Today!

View/Download Your Contract on VSEA.org

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VSEA 77th Annual Meeting Concludes. Aimee Towne Re-Elected President

VSEA members met virtually on Saturday to conduct the union’s business for the upcoming fiscal year, which primarily means adopting an operating budget and passing or defeating bylaw change proposals. One highlight of this year’s meeting was the announcement of officer election winners by the VSEA Elections, Rules and Nominating Committee. The winners are:

President – Aimee Towne (ESD)

First Vice President – Margaret Crowley (Judiciary)

Second Vice President – Leslie Matthews (DEC/ANR)

Treasurer – Eric Davis – (DEC/ANR); And

Clerk – Karen Marchant (Corrections)

Public Assets President’s Testimony Supports Tax Restructuring, Not Cuts, To Keep Pensions Whole

In testimony this week to the Pension Task Force, charged with drafting a proposal(s) to ensure funding for the state employee, teacher, and trooper pension plans, Public Assets Institute President Paul Cillo offered a proposal to address the issue that doesn’t involve cuts to existing pensions.

From Cillo’s Remarks:

It is true that most Vermonters pay enough in taxes. But that’s not true for all Vermonters. Many Vermonters at the top, with much greater amounts of discretionary income, still pay less as a percentage of their income in state and local taxes than their lower-income neighbors, according to a 50-state analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Additionally, the 2017 federal tax cuts left $500 million in formerly collected federal taxes in the hands of Vermonters—most of it in the hands of the top 20 percent of taxpayers. This is money previously paid in taxes that is no longer being collected—$500 million each year.

So the suggestion that all Vermonters are overtaxed is not true. A revenue strategy targeted to those at the top could raise additional needed revenue without hurting those who already pay enough. Specifically, a one percent surcharge on the income of the top one percent of Vermont taxpayers would raise about $33 million, three percent would raise $100 million. As you’ve heard from Graham Campbell, eliminating Vermont’s capital gains exclusion would raise another $15-20 million per year.

Full Remarks

VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: September 10, 2021

Members & Retirees Emailed Zoom Links For Tomorrow’s 77th VSEA Annual Meeting

Governor’s Vaccination Mandate To Extend To All State Employees, Beginning September 15

VDOH Employees’ Letter, Expressing Concerns About COVID Guidance, Sparks In-Person Meeting With Commissioner

Brattleboro State Office Building’s Re-Open Date Pushed Two Weeks

VSEA Mourns Passing Of Longtime Corrections Employee

VSEA Organizers Stand Ready To Help With Members’ Worksite Issues

Next Week’s Union Meetings And Events

Quote Of The Week!

Solidarity Stories:

Hawaii Governor Signs Executive Order Mandating Proof Of Vaccinations For Visitors To State Facilities

Worth A Read! How Workers Can Safeguard Pensions

Colorado State Worker Pens Excellent Commentary On Public Pensions

UAW Members Take Strike Vote At John Deere

Undelivered Nabisco Orders Climb From 5.3% to 7.1% As Strike Continues

Important Reminders:

VSEA Diversity Committee Seeking Members

AOT Stewards Needed! Become A Worksite Steward Today!

View/Download Your Contract on VSEA.org

Read The Full Newsletter Here

Subscribe To Week In Action Here

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