Governor’s Call For Corrections Employees To Be Vaccinated Triggers Bargaining Between VSEA & The State

From a VTDigger story:

Steve Howard, executive director of the Vermont State Employees’ Association, the union representing the state’s correctional officers, said Monday that it is an issue for negotiation.

“As I understand it, it is not a mandatory vaccination,” Howard said of the governor’s plan. “You have to show proof of vaccination or be subject to biweekly testing and masking — you have to wear a mask — so it’s a little bit different than mandatory.”

“You don’t have to get the vaccine if you don’t want to,” he said. “You just have to submit to the testing and the masking.”

He said the union sent the Scott administration a “Demand to Bargain” notice, as the governor’s plan represented a change in the working conditions.

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