VSEA Legal Victory Opens New Doors For Corrections Officers Who Want To Bump Across Agencies & Departments

January 24, 2019 

January 24, 2019 



VSEA’s legal team is cheering a decision yesterday by the Vermont Labor Relations Board (VLRB) to approve a corrections officer’s bid to bump into a new position with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

The DOC employee was a Correctional Officer II who was on a RIF, but, while out, decided he wanted to bump into a vacant job as a Motor Vehicles Customer Service Specialist. But he was denied his requested bump, with reason being he needed an additional nine months of office clerical experience with significant public contact. VSEA argued that CO’s deal with the public all the time, are trained to communicate effectively with inmates and others who are in distress, and that CO’s spend an enormous amount of their time doing tasks that qualify as clerical work. One DOC member provided VSEA with pictures he took of the office equipment and furniture, and he then testified about it. Another testified about making the transition from CO to MVCSS successfully, and yet another testified about DOC’s emphasis on training correctional staff to communicate effectively and to treat inmates and others with respect as professionals. 

"The VLRB’s decision will force DHR to revamp how it uses minimum qualifications against people who are using RIF rights, and it opens up significant bumping opportunities for correctional officers who are displaced for one reason or another," explains VSEA General Counsel Tim Belcher, who argued the case. 

Read VLRB Decision Here (PDF)


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