September 29, 2022
The members of the Vermont State Colleges bargaining unit have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a two-year agreement. The extension is in effect retroactively on July 1, 2022, and will remain in effect through June 30, 2024. As a result of the agreement, employees will receive a 3.5% increase in addition to the 1.5% the employees received under the Performance Evaluation Article. Likewise, the parties will receive a lump sum of $500.00 in the first year of the contract and $250.00 in the second year of the contract, which will be received on October 1st of each year.
Your union was also able to reach an agreement to increase the minimum rate of pay to $13.55 per hour in the first year and $14.00 per hour in the second year of the agreement. Your union was also able to secure increases in shift differential pay as well as to negotiate a licensed professional pay differential of $2.50 for employees requiring a master plumber or electrician license.
“I am pleased to report that the unit overwhelmingly voted for the ratification of this two-year agreement. Your team stood strong and did not agree to any concessions. While I believe that there is still work to be done, this Contract ensures that all employees receive pay increases and that they are not subject to adverse changes to previously bargained benefits like health care and retirement. If you have any questions about the Contract, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the bargaining team.” commented Billie Neathawk, Unit Chair for the Vermont State Colleges, Staff Federation bargaining unit.
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