VSEA Issues Press Release On Governor’s Rejection Of Union’s $7.4 Million Offer

“I guess the Governor’s representatives weren’t listening last week when several JFC members reminded them that the committee’s request was to find $7.4 million in FY 2010 savings,” said VSEA Director Jes Kraus.

VSEA exploring whether or not State’s e-mail and press release constitute an unfair labor practice. Union was not afforded 24-hour notice of State’s intent to disclose details of FY2011 and FY2012 bargaining discussions!

For Immediate Release:
September 14, 2009
Contact: Doug Gibson
(802) 223-5247
 
Douglas Administration Rejects VSEA’s FY2010 Cost-Savings’ Offer
 
            Douglas Administration representatives today rejected a cost-savings offer by members of the Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) that, if accepted—and then subsequently ratified by the VSEA membership—would have plugged a $7.4 hole in the FY2010 budget. The Douglas Administration did make a counter offer to the union today, but its offer was contingent upon VSEA agreeing ahead of time to items the union has already said it will only discuss with the State in formal bargaining discussions about a new contract covering fiscal years FY2011 and FY2012.
            “I guess the Governor’s representatives weren’t listening last week when several JFC members reminded them that the committee’s request was to find $7.4 million in FY 2010 savings,” said VSEA Director Jes Kraus. “VSEA members did just that, but today the Governor polluted the VSEA members’ good-faith offer by insisting that any savings for FY2010 be tied to specific wage reductions in FY2011 and FY2012. The State’s new counter offer completely ignores the JFC’s instructions to find savings for FY2010 only.”
            Kraus added that VSEA believes the Douglas Administration is intent on ignoring the directive of the Joint Fiscal Committee to find a short-term fix to avoid hundreds of layoffs this Friday.  
 
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