Thursday’s meeting of the Task Force began with the six union members setting clear expectations about how they expect the work of the group to proceed moving forward. They got the group to adopt a new process of setting the agenda for the group’s meetings, to make sure that the issues you care about can’t be ignored.
- Northeast Correctional Complex Employee Appreciation Day: July 28
- Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility Employee Appreciation Day: July 29
Several VSEA Units are currently fighting to improve working conditions, and soon VSEA Bargaining Teams across the board will be entering into a new round of negotiations with the State, Judiciary, Housing Authority, State Colleges, etc., Show your solidarity by adding the frame above to your Facebook profile.
VTDigger posted a story this afternoon about a recent hearing held to address the staffing crisis inside Vermont’s correctional facilities.
From the VTDigger post:
James Baker, interim corrections commissioner, testified late last week before the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee on steps the department is taking to address the problem, from stepping up recruitment to working for better retention of current employees.
“We’re at a very, very, very dangerous point,” the commissioner told the panel. The committee is made up of a mix of House and Senate members and met in-person at the Statehouse with the session also streamed online.
Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, an oversight committee member, said he hoped to see a bump in salary to help attract people to the job.
“I appreciate the problem. It’s not just with corrections,” Sears said of the staffing shortage. “But that’s a tough job, and hopefully we will consider upgrades to pay and working conditions.”
VSEA Legislative Specialist Tom Abdelnour emailed activists recently with an overview of the newly formed Pension Benefits, Design, and Funding Task Force’s July 7 meeting.