VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: October 9, 2020

This Week:

VSEA President Launching Weekly Membership Video Updates

Clerk Warns Special Meeting To Discuss Dues Proposal Adopted At Annual Meeting

Union Power! Newly Organized SAS Employees Unite To Win Right To Participate In State’s Free Flu Clinics

No Premium Rate Increase For Employees & Retirees In State’s Medical Plans

VSEA Reiterates Opposition To Any Additional Request To Shift Membership To OneCare

VSEA President’s Message About Reconstituted Member Committees

California Furloughs Create Massive Backlog In Processing Unemployment Claims

Four Maine State Employees Who Maintain Gov’t Buildings Test Positive For COVID

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Here’s Why Treasurer Pearce Deserves Re-Election!

In a recent article posted to a site devoted to pensions and investments, State Treasurer Beth Pearce’s position on pensions is compared with that of her main opponent’s, Carolyn Whitney Branagan. Their answers make it clear who deserves VSEA member and retiree votes.

“The defined benefit style of building a retirement system is old-fashioned, it doesn’t work anymore,” Branagan says. “So we need to come up with an alternative, a more modern way of building retirement.”


“Defined benefit plans, when they provide adequate dollars in retirement, are an economic generator because they result in folks buying goods and services and that creates more jobs,” Pearce says. “They also “provide the best benefit for those employees and facilitate better recruitment and longevity of our employees. “Note: Ask yourself. When Ms. Branagan says a DB plan “doesn’t work anymore,” who exactly isn’t it working for? And “alternative, more modern way” translates to putting new hires in a defined contribution plan, which benefits whom exactly?

VSEA’s Week In Action Newsletter: October 2, 2020

This Week:

VSEA Announces 2020 General Election Endorsements

Tuesday’s BOT Meeting Allocates Time For Member Input

House Resolution Honors State Employees’ Service During Pandemic

VSEA President’s Message About Reconstituted Member Committees

Monday, October 5 Is The Deadline To
Self-Nominate For VSEA Council Seats

Quote Of The Week!

UA Secures Full-Time Status Restoration For UVM Lecturers

Missouri Governor Proclaims September 30 To Be “State Employee Appreciation Day”

Article Reminds That State & Local Governments Are Crucial To Economies

Safety & Security Division Offering SSIR Reporting Training

Current Executive Branch Unit Contracts Posted!

Now Is The Time For Corrections Members To Self Nominate To Be On Bargaining Team

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