Benefits Advisory Committee
VSEA Council Meeting
Killington Grand Hotel
VSEA 2014 Annual Meeting
Killington Grand Hotel
VSEA Advantage Discount Program Welcomes Bijou Cineplex In Morrisville
Big thanks to VSEA President Shelley Martin for successfully recruiting the Bijou Cineplex 4 in Morrisville to join the VSEA Advantage Discount Program. All VSEA members who present their green membership card receive $2 off the normal adult admission price.
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Bolton Valley Announces Discounted Season Passes For VSEA Members
For the second year in a row, the VSEA Advantage Discount Program is pleased to offer discounted season passes to the Bolton Valley Ski Resort in Bolton, Vt.
VSEA members who order a pass before October 31, 2014, will receive a $70 discount off the regular $569 season pass price, making it just $499. Like last year, this offer is available only to VSEA members who are currently paying full dues to their union.
The sign-up process is pretty straightforward, but, like last year, in order for a member to view the special VSEA discount promo code (which can be found by clicking here), you must be a registered user of the VSEA website, which also requires you to be a full dues-paying member.
VSEA Advantage Discount Program Offers Discounted Day Tickets To The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom
Discount Tickets Now Available Through
VSEA HQ & Online*
2014 Regular Day Tickets:
$31 each ($24 Savings)
To Get Tickets
Send or drop off check (made out to VSEA), noting how many tickets you need. VSEA can mail your tickets or you can pick them up at VSEA HQ in Montpelier. VSEA members can also order tickets online by going to GE’s homepage, looking in the upper right-hand corner for the “Promo Code” box and entering VSEA’s promo code, which can be found here*. GE Phone Number: 1-888-792-3500
*Note: You must be a registered VSEA website user to view the VSEA promo code. You can sign up
VSEA President Shelley Martin is announcing that she will embark on an all-worksite tour, following next weekend’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Killington. Martin says she wants to meet firsthand with as many frontline VSEA members as possible, reminding that she too is a frontline, rank-and-file employee.
“When I come to these meetings, it won’t be so much as an elected official of VSEA but more as a fellow state employee who wants to hear directly from as many of my frontline colleagues as possible,” said Martin. “If we can determine what worksite issues and concerns are more universal than others, it will allow VSEA leaders to plan and strategize better about where to direct VSEA resources and time.”
In addition to discussing specific worksite issues, Martin said she also wants members to come to the meetings with cost-savings ideas and thoughts about items to consider for VSEA’s 2015 legislative agenda.
“If you know a way the State can save money, I want to hear it,” she said. “And if there’s something you think VSEA needs to address through the legislative process, I want to know it. I’m really looking forward to meeting with as many of you as possible.”
Martin’s tour schedule will appear in upcoming editions of WIA.
VSEA Annual Meeting Weekend Begins September 12! WIA Not Publishing Next Week
More than 100 VSEA members are registered to attend the union’s 2014 Annual Meeting at the Killington Grand Hotel, and VSEA’s Communications team is heading down with most staff to attend both the Annual Meeting and the Council meeting on Friday, September 12. This means WIA won’t be publishing next week, but, following the Council and Annual Meetings, keep your eyes on the VSEA website and Facebook page for photos, a summary of all the votes and a listing of all the VSEA award winners.
First VP Looking To Fill Empty Council Seats
VSEA First Vice President Michelle Salvador is actively recruiting members who are interested in joining the VSEA Council.
The Council, which is one of your union’s primary governing bodies, numbers more than 100 VSEA members; each representing their colleagues working in a particular occupation or agency or department. The Council meets quarterly (paid leave is granted to attend) to guide and make recommendations to VSEA’s Board of Trustees (BOT) on things like the budget and bylaws. The body also retains the right to overrule BOT decisions.
“The Council is a great way to get involved in VSEA if you’re not already,” explains Salvador. “I urge members working in the areas needing Council representation to please think about putting your name in for consideration.”
Salvador is currently seeking a member(s) to represent employees working in (bolded entries looking to fill multiple seats):
Aging and Independent Living (AHS) – One Seat
Agriculture – One Seat
Auditor of Accounts – One Seat
BGS (Admin) – Three Seats
DCF (AHS) – Four Seats
ACCD/Housing – One Seat
ACCD/Economic Development – One Seat
ACCD/Tourism and Marketing – One Seat
Commission on Women – One Seat
Corrections (AHS) – Five Seats
Criminal Justice Training Council – One Seat
Environmental Conservation (ANR) – One Seat
Finance and Management (Admin) – One Seat
Forests and Parks (ANR) – One Seat
Information and Innovation (Admin) – One Seat
Labor – Two Seats
Library – One Seat
Lottery – One Seat
Military – One Seat
Agency of Natural Resources – One Seat
Public Service Board – One Seat
Public Service Department – One Seat
Secretary of State – One Seat
Transportation Agency – Seven Seats
Treasurer’s Office – One Seat
VSHA – One Seat
VSEA members interested in representing your co-workers on the Council are asked to submit a letter of interest to Salvador by email (email@example.com) or by U.S. Mail to 155 State St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602. The deadline to submit your letter of interest is September 19, 2014.
Note: Council members are elected to two-year terms, but the term for all seats listed above expires in one year.
VSEA Retirees’ Chapter Looking To Fill Vacant Trustee Seat On Executive Committee
VSEA’s Retirees’ Chapter is looking to fill a Trustee vacancy in District 6, which is Windham and Windsor Counties. Former District 6 Trustee Nancy Robinson was elected VSEA-RC Vice President at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting in August.
All VSEA “lifetime members” whose Chapter dues are current through FY15 are eligible to occupy the seat. To express interest, please email Retirees’ Chapter President Joanie Maclay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to submit your name is
October 1, 2014
Communications Department Adds “Publications” Page To Website
This week, the VSEA Communications Department added a new “publications” page to the VSEA website. The page can be found under “Union Resources” on the homepage, and it features the latest edition (and archived editions of the Week In Action and the latest edition of the VSEA VOICE. To access the publications page, click here.
VSEA Seeking Members’ Input On Website Redesign!
In the coming months, VSEA’s Communications team will be devoting time to redesigning the VSEA website, making it cleaner and more user friendly. In advance of sitting down to begin the redesign process, VSEA’s Communications team is asking members to please take a few minutes to complete an online survey about VSEA’s current site and about what members want in a new site. VSEA is also interested in learning what websites appeal to you and why, and what websites aren’t so appealing and why.
To take the VSEA website survey, please click here. Thanks in advance for your participation.
Deadline For 2014-15 Sugarbush Passes Is September 19!
Note: VSEA has met its sign-up goal, and is once again happy to offer members the lowest pass rate possible!
For the eighth straight year, VSEA is pleased to inform you that the VSEA Advantage Discount Program will once again be offering discounted Sugarbush all‐mountain (& other) ski passes for the 2014‐2015 season. This year, Sugarbush is once again using an online sign‐up feature, which went live on August 12. This year’s rate will be (15+ VSEA sign‐ups) $749 + 6% tax or (1‐14 VSEA sign‐ups) $799 + 6% tax. VSEA has always been able to meet the 15‐person limit, but there is no guarantee. Offer is available only to full-fledged VSEA members, meaning those who pay full dues. VSEA will be confirming names and status with Sugarbush representative.
Please share this notice with any VSEA members you know who might be interested in the Sugarbush deal.
A few notes:
The program is open to full time employees, their spouse, partner in a same sex marriage. It is not meant for a "roommate" situation.
Youth and child passes maybe purchased only in conjunction with an adult pass and do not count towards the 10/15 minimum.
VSEA Co-Sponsoring Screening Of Climate Change Film “Disruption”
In advance of the “People’s Climate March” in New York City on September 21, 2014, VSEA, the Vermont Workers’ Center and 350.org are co-sponsoring a screening of the film “Disruption,” which the film’s website describes as taking “an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our [nation’s] inaction” on climate change.
The screening is Wednesday, September 17, in the Fletcher Room of the Fletcher Free Library located in Burlington at 235 College Street. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the film begins at 6:00 p.m.
VSEA will be represented at the event, as the union is sending five members to the march in New York City on September 21, 2014. They will be joining with thousands of labor activists from around the country to participate in the march.
VSEA members with questions about the screening, the march or climate change in general are urged to contact VSEA Clerk Katlyn Chase, who President Shelley Martin has appointed to monitor climate change issues for the union’s Communications Committee. Katlyn has also been invited to speak about the upcoming march at the Vermont AFL-CIO’s convention this weekend. You can reach Katlyn by email at email@example.com.
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