VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: October 22, 2021!

Save The Date! Pension Public Hearing

VSEA Supervisory Unit Reaches Tentative Agreement

Vermont Corrections Employees Vote To Retain VSEA As Their Bargaining Representative

Open Enrollment Time For VSEA’s Popular Delta Dental Supplemental Plan

VSEA Race Car’s Season Officially Wraps

Legislature Asking Retired VSEA Members To Consider Becoming A Committee Assistant

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!

Reminders:

VSEA Diversity Committee Seeking Members

AOT Stewards Needed! Become A Worksite Steward Today!

View/Download Your Contract on VSEA.org

Solidarity Stories:

Amazon Workers One Step Closer To Making History By Unionizing!

Kellogg’s Workers Staying Strong!

Thousands Of Kaiser Permanente Workers Could Soon Strike

John Deere Workers Enter Second Week Of Strike

Make It A Union-Made Halloween

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Vermont Corrections Employees Vote To Retain VSEA As Their Bargaining Representative

Leadership of the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) learned today that Vermont’s Corrections employees have voted to retain the VSEA as the workers’ bargaining representative. The vote was prompted by a recent attempted raid on the Unit by the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a Massachusetts-based union. The count was conducted at and by the Vermont Labor Relations Board.

“This is terrific news, and VSEA applauds and thanks everyone who cast a vote for VSEA,” says VSEA President Aimee Towne. “Now that this chapter has concluded, VSEA looks forward to working with our Corrections members—both “yes” and “no” voters—to address the many issues they identified to us both pre- and post-election. This means short staffing, forced overtime, COVID, and low morale to start. We are looking forward to meeting with the new commissioner in the very near future.”

Towne explains that prior to the vote, VSEA leaders and staff spent months talking with Corrections members, in person (when able), electronically, and by phone.

“This was very much an organizing drive that, due to the number of workers, required an all-hands-on-deck approach,” she adds. “I want to stress that today’s vote would not have happened without the help and knowledge of our rank-and-file leaders in each correctional facility. Now, it’s time to get to work.”

VSEA has represented Vermont Corrections employees for more than four decades.

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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