VSEA released the following to the press this afternoon:
A small group of VSEA DCF social workers met personally in Montpelier this afternoon with Governor Shumlin to thank him for his recent announcement about budgeting money for new DCF hires and to urge him to do even more to enhance safety for social workers and for Vermonters visiting DCF offices statewide. They also gave the Governor a list of the safety recommendations DCF frontline workers presented to the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee on November 18.
VSEA Judiciary members working in courthouses across Vermont ramped up their efforts this week to get management to come to the bargaining table, after management informed the workers recently that it is unwilling to come to the table until mid-December. Workers had filed an unfair labor practice to try to force management to begin bargaining right now with the Unit, in advance of having to submit a budget to the legislature, but it was recently dismissed by the Labor Board on a technicality. Following the ULP’s dismissal, VSEA members wrote a letter to management, asking them again to come to the table, but the answer they heard back was “not until mid-December.”