April 19, 2016
After months of back-and-forth wrangling with the State of Vermont on successor contract agreements, thousands of Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) members belonging to the union’s Non-Management, Supervisory and Corrections Units are cheering this afternoon’s news that the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) has chosen the workers’ last best offer as the deal to be imposed on the workers.
“This is terrific news because it means the VLRB rejected the State’s arguments and offer and instead decided to award state employees with the 2 percent and 2.25 percent wage increases that were recommended by the mutually agreed to fact finder,” explains VSEA Executive Director Steve Howard. “This means that tomorrow, VSEA members will be standing with several gubernatorial candidates to implore lawmakers to now fund the wage increases determined by the fact finder. With adjournment coming, time is definitely of the essence. That said, this is a very good day for Vermont state employees.”
VSEA is conducting a press conference about the members’ contract fight tomorrow at noon in Room 11 at the State House. Members are being joined by three gubernatorial candidates.
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