House Passes Joint Resolution Urging Mediation For VSEA & State

Read the resolution and the VSEA press release

Joint resolution relating to classified state employees

Offered by:  Representatives Nease of Johnson and Leriche of Hardwick

Whereas, the executive branch and the Vermont State Employees’ Association have made proposals to address the budgetary shortfall in state revenues, and
Whereas, it is extremely important that every effort be undertaken to continue the delivery of essential state services to the citizens of Vermont, and
Whereas, it appears that the executive branch and the Vermont State Employees’ Association are at an impasse, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly urgently requests that in an effort to resolve this impasse, the executive branch and the Vermont State Employees’ Association enter into a mediation process with a completion date no later than May 5, 2009, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Governor James Douglas, Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville, and Vermont State Employees’ Association Executive Director Jes Kraus

Vermont State Employees Association Open To Mediation To Help
Bridge Gap Between State’s And Union’s Cost-Savings Offers
            Responding to a joint resolution (J.H.R. 26) adopted today by the Vermont House, Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) Director Jes Kraus said the union was  open to the resolution’s request for the Governor and VSEA to “enter into a mediation process” to determine if there can be any further movement by either side.
            “This seems like a fair request to make, and VSEA is ready to participate and see if the mediation process can bear any fruit,” explained Kraus. “We’re available to meet as soon as possible, and we welcome a neutral party being able to hear both sides of the cuts argument and see if indeed common ground can be established.”
            The joint resolution was introduced by Rep. Floyd Nease (D-Johnson) and Rep. Lucy Leriche (D-Harwick).