“In this terrible economy, a lot of local Vermont businesses and services are struggling, but one consumer base they can continue to depend on are state employees.”
VSEA Members Spending “Union Bucks” To Remind Business Owners And Service Providers How Important State Employee Jobs Are To Vermont’s Local Economies
Members of the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) have begun including an extra piece of paper with the currency they exchange daily with business owners and service providers in their local Vermont communities. It’s called a “union buck,” and while it’s not official legal tender, it is a new tool state employees are using to remind all Vermonters that state employees earn good wages and they spend their money in the towns and communities where they live.
“In this terrible economy, a lot of local Vermont businesses and services are struggling, but one consumer base they can continue to depend on are state employees,” explained VSEA Organizing Coordinator Gretchen Naylor. “But with all these job cuts, those important state employee dollars are beginning to dry up a little—and it looks like it’s going to get even worse. Our ‘union bucks’ are another way for state employees to remind all Vermonters just how important state employee economic contributions are.”
The VSEA “union buck” features the union’s logo and the message: “Don’t underestimate the value State Employees bring to your community. This VSEA note represents revenue brought to your business in the form of dollars earned by a hard working Vermont State Employee."
“So far, the feedback from local business owners and service providers has been great,” said Naylor. “Not only do people ask about the ‘union buck’ but they also get to talk with state employees and learn more about the jobs they do and why their services are needed, especially in this economy.”
Naylor said VSEA initially printed thousands of the “union bucks,” but they went fast and the union is already looking at doing a second run.