December 21, 2018
December 21, 2018
Here’s the press release VSEA issued on December 21, 2018:
Employees working in Office of State’s Attorney’s (OSA) offices across Vermont formally filed late yesterday with the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) for an election to be represented by the Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA). The workers’ filing requests the VLRB schedule a vote for 107 Deputy State’s Attorneys, Secretary IV’s, Victim’s Advocates, and Administrative Secretary’s, working in 14 OSA offices across Vermont.
VSEA has been talking and working with the OSA employees for a few years now, and the VSEA Board of Trustees voted at its December meeting to proceed with an election for the OSA workers,” explains VSEA President Dave Bellini. “VSEA looks forward to helping these workers get the wages, benefits and working conditions they want and deserve.” Bellini adds that OSA workers tell VSEA they want more of a voice in and day-to-day workplace operations, especially when it comes to issues around caseloads staffing and the allocation of resources.”
"I’m excited to move forward in the upcoming months towards a union vote for prosecutors, victim advocates and support staff statewide," says Washington County Deputy State’s Attorney Ashley Hill. "I wholeheartedly support our organizing effort and look forward to working with my fellow prosecutors, victim advocates and support staff across Vermont to join VSEA to begin addressing the challenges we are all facing across the state."
The VLRB has 15 days to respond to today’s filing, and will then set deadlines and schedule meetings, if necessary. Once an election date is set, Bellini says VSEA will continue to work closely with the OSA employees in the interim because this is a time that is critical to the success or failure of any union election for a variety of reasons.
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