State Mulling Offer Over Weekend
Offer Remains Subject To VSEA Membership Ratification As Well.
For Immediate Release:
September 4, 2009
Contact: Jes Kraus
VSEA Makes FY2010 Cost-Savings Offer To Douglas Administration
Package Equals Approximately $7.4 Million
Over the past two weeks, bargaining teams belonging to the Vermont State Employees’ Association (VSEA) have been holding discussions with the Douglas Administration to identify cost savings that, if mutually agreed to, would prevent state employee layoffs in FY2010.
Late this afternoon, VSEA bargaining teams presented a new offer to the Douglas Administration that saves $7.4 million through a combination of four furlough days, four unpaid holidays and elimination of the wellness plan. In exchange, VSEA hopes its offer will prevent 200-300 additional state employee layoffs; a plan the State has indicated it intends to move forward with on September 18 if an agreement cannot be reached.
Bargaining representatives for the State indicated that they will consider the offer over the holiday weekend and respond to the union early next week.