VSEA Appeals VLRB’s Interpretation Of Contract’s “Emergency Closure” Language To VT Supreme Court

“We have a very real fear that, left unchecked, this [VLRB] decision invites management to misapply the plain language of our union contracts and thus deny state workers the benefit of their bargain,” Mitchell said. “I say that because we believe the decision overlooks the plain meaning of existing contract language by ignoring that Waterbury State offices were ‘completely closed’ after August 29, 2011, and creating a new definition of the terms ‘State offices and facilities’ out of whole cloth.”