VSEA Press Release: Bob Hooper Elected President

"If only we had a Governor who understood and appreciated the important role state employees play in Vermonters’ daily lives.”

For Immediate Release:
September 16, 2009
Contact: Doug Gibson
(802) 223-5247

 
 Vermont State Employees Association Membership Elects Robert Hooper President
 
            More than 100 Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) members met at the Hampton Inn in Colchester on September 12 for the union’s Annual Meeting. At the meeting, VSEA members learned that members voted by mail-in ballot to elect past-President and longtime VSEA activist Robert Hooper to a new, two-year term as President. Hooper, who takes over for outgoing VSEA President Lt. William Harkness, is a social worker in AHS’ Department for Children and Families’ Burlington office. He previously served as VSEA president from 1993-2001.
            “I am humbled to once again have the VSEA membership’s endorsement to lead our union forward in these extremely challenging times,” said Hooper. “Today, VSEA members face a Governor with an agenda that discriminates against our state workforce and diminishes the protection we offer the citizens of our great state.  I use the word ‘protection’ because—at its core—government is about protecting Vermonters’ safety and rights.  The protection afforded Vermonters by VSEA corrections employees, game wardens, motor vehicle officers and airport firefighters is easy to identify, but it’s also important to remember the state employees who offer us protection against bank and insurance fraud, improper health care administration, nursing home abuses, child welfare and poverty abuses and environmental abuses. Vermont remains one of the nation’s most livable states due in large part to the protections Vermonters are afforded daily by state employees. If only we had a Governor who understood and appreciated the important role state employees play in Vermonters’ daily lives.”
 
            Also elected to VSEA office at the union’s Annual Meeting were:
 
  • First Vice President – Shelley Martin (Administrative Assistant, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Waterbury)
  • Second Vice President – Jeff Briggs (Forester, Agency of Natural Resources, St. Johnsbury)
  • Treasurer – Lucas Herring (Health Policy Analyst, BISHCA, Montpelier)
  • Clerk – Ruth Leithead (Senior Psychiatric Technician, VSH, Waterbury)
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