VSEA Press Release Applauds St. J Select Board Resolution

 "The proposed closing of the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility will put at least 80 more employees out of work. These people are our friends and our neighbors. They will each be faced with loss of income, minimal opportunity of comparable employment, financial hardship, and all of the emotional impacts of unemployment."

VSEA Applauds St. Johnsbury Select Board Resolution Opposing Prison Closure
 
            The Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) is applauding a resolution passed Wednesday evening by the St. Johnsbury Select Board. It reads:
 
"The proposed closing of the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility will result in additional costs for law enforcement transportation; will remove police officers from their assigned patrol areas to transport detainees; and will result in a ripple effect of negative impacts that will extend throughout the entire community, and the Northeast Kingdom. The proposed closing of the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility will put at least 80 more employees out of work. These people are our friends and our neighbors. They will each be faced with loss of income, minimal opportunity of comparable employment, financial hardship, and all of the emotional impacts of unemployment."
 
            “VSEA thanks the St. Johnsbury Select Board for drafting and passing this important resolution,” said VSEA Director Jes Kraus. “We hope it will have the desired effect and encourage lawmakers to reject the State’s proposal to close a very large employer for not only St. Johnsbury residents, but all Vermonters living in the Northeast Kingdom. We know that this is an area already hurting badly in this economy. This resolution makes it pretty clear that nearly this entire community is opposed to the idea.”
            Kraus added that he hopes other towns across Vermont will pass similar resolutions that support public services and the people who provide them.
 
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