VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: July 23, 2021!

Reminder! Your July 29 Paycheck Will Reflect Newly Adopted VSEA Dues Structure

President Towne Schedules Series Of Webinars To Provide Update On Pension Task Force Meetings

Pension Benefits, Design, and Funding Task Force July 22 Meeting Overview

New Study Finds More & More Americans Need Investment Help With Their 401ks

DOC Commissioner Tells Lawmakers That Staffing Crisis At “Very, Very, Very Dangerous Point”

Our Deepest Condolences

Jazzercise Waterbury Offering VSEA Member’s A Discount

Next Week’s Union Meetings and Events:

Quote Of The Week!

Pay Gap Between America’s CEOs And Workers Widens More

Oregon & Minnesota State Workers Reach Tentative Contract Agreements

Frito-Lay Workers Strike Over 84-Hour Weeks, Meager Raises

NLRB Rules That Unions Can Continue To Display Scabby The Rat

AOT Members Helping AOT Members. Become A VSEA AOT Steward Today!

August 2 Deadline For Eligible Members To Cast Your Ballot In District Board Of Trustee Elections

Please Sign These Petitions To Get AC Installed At Southern State And Northern State

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DOC Commissioner Tells Lawmakers That Staffing Crisis At “Very, Very, Very Dangerous Point”

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.”

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