October 2, 2017
October 2, 2017
VSEA issued the following press release this morning:
Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) President Dave Bellini and the VSEA Board of Trustees are cheering the news this morning that the union now represents more than 6,000 Vermont public employees (6,007 as of this morning)! This is the highest number of members in VSEA’s 73-year history.
“At a time when many unions are struggling to maintain current membership levels, VSEA is pleased that our focused efforts to increase our membership over the past few years are working,” says Bellini, who the VSEA membership recently re-elected to a new two-year term. He continues, “VSEA leaders are not oblivious to the many challenges confronting public- and private-sector unions across the country, but rather than sit idly by, we directed VSEA members and staff over a year ago to reach out to non-members about the importance of belonging to a union. Judging by the numbers, VSEA’s pro-union message is certainly resonating. It’s a message that the union fights for workers’ paychecks, healthcare, retirement and safe and healthy working conditions. Without a union, state employees could be treated the same as temporary state employees, meaning you have no rights, no benefits and no voice in your how you are treated at work.”
Bellini thanked VSEA’s Membership Recruitment Committee for its role in leading a union-wide effort to help recruit “agency-fee” payers to full membership and the benefits that come with it.
“This group of rank-and-file state employees sponsored a very successful recruitment campaign that helped VSEA make history today when we hit the 6,000-member number,” adds Bellini. “There is nothing more effective than frontline workers recruiting frontline workers. Our members are able to highlight wins like hard-fought contracts and the Judiciary workers’ recent victory in getting more pay for docket clerks. There’s no greater recruitment tool than VSEA’s 73-year proven track record of fighting for Vermont state employees. We reached a milestone this week, and we’re not taking our foot off the gas.”
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