July 10, 2015
VSEA scored a recent victory at the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) when the Board overruled a Department of Corrections’ decision to demote a supervisor and suspend him for thirty days. At its hearing, the VLRB found that many of the allegations levied against the officer were not proven and that just cause did not exist for the demotion.
"The Board made the proper decision in this case, and VSEA is pleased to see this officer be able to put this nearly two-year battle behind him," said VSEA Associate General Counsel Justin St. James, who argued and briefed the case for VSEA. "Correctional officers have one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs in the state of Vermont and, as in this case, problematic inmates often seek to make the job of officers even harder by disobeying orders meant to keep inmates and officers safe.”
“This is a nice win for VSEA members and our legal team,” VSEA President Shelley Martin tells WIA. “These kinds of victories are more evidence of why VSEA representation is so important, especially to workers who are wrongly accused by management and who need an advocate to help them get their day in court, or in front of the VLRB, as it were.”
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