VSEA Supplemental Dental Open Enrollment is Here!


For VSEA members who are not currently enrolled in your union’s Northeast Delta Dental Supplemental Program, now is the time to join, during the open enrollment period for the 2023-2024 plan year. The VSEA supplemental program is designed to enhance your current State-provided dental insurance benefit.

Northeast Delta Dental is our region’s largest dental-provider network, with 85% of all Vermont dentists participating in the Delta Dental Premier network, and 45% participation in the Delta Dental PPO network. Even with the vast majority of dentists participating, there are no restrictions on dentist selection. Patients can visit any dentist they choose and still receive benefits. Patients will receive the best dollar value from the program when receiving dental care from a Delta Dental PPO network provider and still enjoy savings and convenience when visiting a Delta Dental Premier provider.

Learn more or enroll here!

VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: April 28, 2023!

VSEA Librarians Won’t Be Laid Off!

Update From The State House

Next Friday Is The Deadline To Apply For A 2023 VSEA Scholarship Application!

Four VSEA Board Of Trustees Seats Up For Election

Delta Dental Supplemental Plan Enrollment Begins Next Week!

VSEA Budget Committee Seeks Interested Members

VSEA Awards and Scholarship Committee Seeks Interested Members

VHFA Reminds About Homeowner’s Assistance Program

File Today To Represent VSEA District 5 (Rutland & Bennington) On Union’s Board Of Trustees

June 1 Deadline! Group G Coming – Certain Corrections and Mental Health Workers Can Choose A New Retirement Plan!

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National AFL-CIO Releases Its Annual Worker Safety & Health Review

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VSEA Welcomes News That State Colleges’ Librarian Positions Will Not Be Cut 

VSEA is applauding news about interim Vermont State Colleges’ President Mike Smith’s announcement today that the plan is no longer to cut eight campus librarian positions or campus athletic programs. Smith made the announcement during today’s Colleges’ Board meeting.   

“This is great news, and VSEA thanks interim President Smith and the Board for shelving the previous plan and doing what is right for all involved,” says VSEA President Aimee Towne. “The initial plan was a very bad one in the minds of many Vermonters, and that was evidenced by the large number of commentaries and letters to the editor blasting the decision, as well as plenty of testimony to lawmakers in the past few weeks against the cuts. VSEA is proud of the way our VSC librarians—and our entire State Colleges’ Unit—stood together in solidarity to help bring about its reversal. It’s a very good day!” 

Towne also thanked the other labor unions and organizations who campaigned with VSEA against the initial decision to make cuts.   

Sadly, Despite Pause To VSC Digitization Plan, VSEA Librarian Positions Still Being Cut 

The news seemed great on the surface last Friday, after it was announced the plan to digitize the Vermont State Colleges’ campus libraries was being paused. But for VSEA’s VSC librarians, the news wasn’t so great. They were still being laid off, and once VSEA learned of the decision, the boxing gloves were back on. 

From a story in yesterday’s Times Argus about the decision:

VSEA Executive Director Steve Howard said he first learned about the possible continuation of layoffs after VSEA made an inquiry on the matter to general counsel over the weekend. He added that he and many VSEA members were not pleased to find out the layoffs would not be rescinded.

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VOSHA Fines DCF For “Serious” Health & Safety Violation That Could Endanger State Employees

VSEA issued the following press release this afternoon:

Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) members working for the Department for Children and Families (DCF) in the St. Albans Family Services Division office are applauding VOSHA’s decision this week to cite DCF for a “serious” health and safety violation, assessing a fine of $14,500. 

The citation’s “type of violation”: Each employer shall furnish to each of his or her employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or significant physical harm to his or her employees; and the employer shall comply with safety and health standards promulgated under the VOSHA code. 

The citation’s violation: The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm, in that Family Services employees were exposed to the hazard of physical assaults by clients that could exhibit violent behavior during visitations within the employee’s office space, during client transports, and due to the lack of documented safety training. 

“VSEA members working in DCF offices across Vermont have been voicing their concerns about their personal safety and health—and their colleagues’ safety—for years now, so this VOSHA DCF citation is certainly welcome and will hopefully improve protections for Family Services Division employees across the state,” explains VSEA President Aimee Towne, herself a DCF employee. “Frontline employees are performing critical public services every day across Vermont, and we all deserve to feel safe while at work.” 

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