VSEA Calls for A Public Hearing On Plan to Cut Workers’ Pensions

VSEA press release:

The Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) is calling on House Speaker Jill Krowinski and the members of the Vermont House of Representatives to immediately schedule a public hearing, once any plan is formally introduced in the House to make changes to the state employees’ pension plan.

“State employees are the heroes and the heroines of the COVID Pandemic,” says VSEA President Aimee Towne. “They have come through for Vermonters, meeting every challenge they have been asked to—with sacrifice and sometimes at great personal risk–and they deserve to be heard on an issue as important as their pension. Before introducing any change to state employee pensions, VSEA is asking the members of the House of Representatives to look into the eyes of our members and to see and hear from the human beings who are more than just numbers on spreadsheets and included in policy papers.”

Towne adds that, since learning about the Treasurer’s recommendations, VSEA members and retirees have been calling, emailing and talking with their local legislators, voicing strong opposition to the recommendations and asking for the process to be slowed down.