VSEA has printed up thousands of "union bucks" for members to include with the money they are spending at local businesses and on local services. Here’s one member’s experience spending union bucks. The message on the union bucks reads:
Well I am sure glad I didn’t miss VSEA Council meeting. They were handing out stacks of union bucks! What’s a union buck? It’s a kind of "note" with a simple message:
This VSEA note represents revenue brought to your business in the form of dollars earned by a hard working Vermont State Employee.
A clever idea indeed. Every time you buy something at a local business just hand them a union buck and say something like "Hi I’m a Vermont State employee, and I wanted to give this "note" to you to let you know how much I enjoy being your customer. Unfortunately, the State might lay off hundreds of its employees and if I lose my job it would be a lot harder for me to shop here."
You’ll be amazed at the response. I "spent" my first 3 union bucks today…
$1 – I handed over my first buck to the owner of a local gas station where I’ve filled up my car for years. The owner wanted to know where I work, and what I do. We ended up having a ten minute conversation. Gas station owner: "I don’t have any problem with State employees.
$2 – I spent my second buck at the post office. I gave my 15 second pitch. Postmaster: "This is to remind us that we’re all in this together.
$3 – I exchanged my third buck at the local Chinese take out. I gave my spiel. Restaurant manager: "It’s not State employees I have a problem with, it’s the State! You wouldn’t believe how much they tax small businesses. They need to tax the people who can afford it.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow.
IF YOU WANT TO START SPENDING YOUR OWN UNION BUCKS, CONTACT VSEA ORGANIZING COORDINATOR GRETCHEN NAYLOR AT 223-5247 OR E-MAIL GNAYLOR@VSEA.ORG