VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: June 26, 2020

This Week:

Roller Coaster Week For Pay Act Ends With Year-One Funding

Important Deadlines Approaching!

New Inmates Spark New COVID Concerns For VSEA Members Working In Vermont Prisons

Northern Vermont University Group Announces Proposal For School’s Future

VSEA Brattleboro Chapter Pickets With Brattleboro Retreat Workers!

President Bellini’s Primary Email Account Hacked

Quote Of The Week!

U.S. Ranked Worst for Workers’ Rights Among Major Economies

Group Gives States Failing Grades For Corrections’ Systems’ COVID Response

Hundreds Of Frontline Food Service Workers Dying From COVID


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VT Senate Votes Unanimously In Favor Of House’s Year-One Wage & Step Increase For State Employees

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The Vermont Senate just conducted a roll-call vote on the House amendment to provide state employees with year one of their negotiated wage and step increases. The vote was unanimous in favor of state employees in the Non-Management, Corrections, Supervisory, Judicial and Defender General Units getting the increase in year one of the contract.

The increase now lands on the Governor’s desk for his signature, as part of the overall budget proposal.

The Legislature’s plan reads that it will take up the issue of funding year two of the Non-Management, Corrections, Supervisory, State’s Attorneys, and Judicial Unit contracts at a later date. This could be in the fall, or it could be this coming winter when the new Legislature convenes in January 2021. Either way, VSEA is counting on your continued support in the continued fight for full funding of the negotiated contract.

Nice work VSEA!

What Is The “Pay Act”

House Overwhelmingly Approves Rep. Hooper’s Amendment To Fund VSEA Negotiated Contracts’ Year-One Wage & Step Increases! On To The Senate.

The full House voted 133-6 Wednesday afternoon to approve–and forward to the Senate–an amendment introduced two days ago by House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) to fund state employees’ negotiated wage and step increases in year one of the contract, beginning July 1, 2020, but not in year two.

The Legislature’s plan reads that it will take up the issue of funding year two of the Non-Management, Corrections, Supervisory, State’s Attorneys, and Judicial Unit contracts at a later date. This could be in the fall, or it could be this coming winter when the new Legislature convenes in January 2021. Either way, VSEA is counting on your continued support in the continued fight for full funding of the negotiated contract.

What Is The “Pay Act”

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