Privatize Vermont’s Risk Management Division?

February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016



Nearly a dozen Vermont state employees working in the State’s Risk Management Division recently learned that their service has been put out to bid to private, for-profit vendors, some located out of state. The bids are due February 26, and the jobs of the seasoned VSEA members who provide Workers’ Compensation, Liability and Security services are at risk.

  • Here’s just a few of the reasons the workers want to keep their services public:
  • Workers represent more than 100 years of combined and specialized knowledge;
  • Workers are the ones helping state employees get back to work after suffering a work illness or injury;
  • Workers are “Vermonters serving Vermonters,” and they know the people they serve;
  • Workers know state worksites and the nature of state employee work, across the board; and
  • Workers understand the system’s challenges and how best to navigate them.

VSEA recently asked Vermonters to send their thoughts on the state wanting to privatize its Risk Management Division. Here’s what one Vermonter said:

"I wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about what I was going through with some private, out-of-state office with no familiarity of what we have and do. The State should be proud of what the [current Risk Management Division] staff provide.”

VSEA Agrees. Keep This Critical Service Public!

Vermonters who are talking with their local lawmakers are urged to ask them to support keeping the services provided to Vermonters by the State’s Risk Management Division public.

Thanks in advance for your help and support!

Find you lawmaker’s contact information here


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