State, labor union reach collective bargaining agreement

first_imgv\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} State of Vermont State of Vermont 3 1 2007-03-09T15:29:00Z 2008-02-07T16:31:00Z 2008-02-07T17:29:00Z 1 325 1858 BGS 15 4 2179 10.2625 Print MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} State, labor union reachcollective bargaining agreement The Agreement was subject to ratification by theVSEA, and was voted on by members of the VSEAs Non-Management, Supervisory,State Police and Corrections bargaining units. Secretary Smith commented:  I am pleased that we were able to reach asettlement with the Vermont State Employees Association.  We face challenging economic times.  It was important to the Administration thatthe contract be fair to our State employees and to taxpayers.  Under the Agreement, the average Stateemployee will receive increases that more closely match the rate of inflationthan under previous contracts.  While Iremain concerned with the rate of growth in the States personnel costs, thiscontract represents a step in the right direction.  The Administration will continue to worktoward Governor Douglass goal of making the cost of government affordable andsustainable.         Secretaryof Administration Michael K. Smith on February 7, 2008, announced that there is an agreementbetween the State of Vermontand the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) on a new collective bargaining contract coveringapproximately 8,000 employees in Vermont State Government.  The Agreement has the following keyprovisions: The Agreement followed negotiations, mediation, anda fact finding report.  The State and theVSEA agreed to a contract that accepts therecommendations of the fact finder, Ira Lobel. ·       A two-yearcontract (covering July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010).·       1.8%across-the-board salary increases in each year of the contract for all coveredState Employees (total of 3.6% over the two years).  These increases are in addition to stepincreases provided on a scheduled basis.·       Changes inprescription drug plan to increase the maximum amount paid by employeesannually.  Increase in the number of paiddays of leave for employees required to perform military duties from 11 peryear to 15.  Montpelier, VT – Secretary of Administration Michael K. Smith Announces CollectiveBargaining Agreement between the State of Vermont and Vermont State EmployeesAssociation – 30 –last_img read more

Lakers’ Jared Dudley: NBA may allow players to leave single site if play resumes

first_imgStill, at this point, Dudley said many players he knows are interested in continuing their livelihoods, even under less-than-ideal circumstances. Even though the Lakers could be tested by their older bodies, he believes the chemistry they build prior to the stoppage could give them an edge.“I like where we’re at though,” Dudley said. “I like our size. I like our chemistry. And I think chemistry is a huge factor because some of these teams that made trade deadline moves to try to win a championship, they haven’t seen each other as much. We talk on a consistent basis. We know what everyone is doing and we’ve definitely prepared for this moment.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat might seem surprising for a league that was upended March 11, when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert returned the first positive test for COVID-19, essentially forcing Silver to declare a hiatus. As the suspension has dragged into its third month, the league has ramped up discussions about resuming play and recouping losses near a billion dollars for owners and players.Reports have cited Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando as a favored site to stage a return to play without fans. Dudley has heard, in that scenario, the league may open restaurants and golf courses exclusively for players to use as diversions for a stay that could potentially last two months for teams who reach the finals. But he is wary of players possibly acting irresponsibly with the freedom they are given.“If you’ve seen the (Michael) Jordan documentary, every team got a (Dennis) Rodman, he just doesn’t have green and blue hair,” he said. “There’s always someone who’s outside the box, who does that, takes the risk and says, ‘Hey listen, man, I’m healthy and I feel good.’”Dudley anticipates the NBA will have COVID-19 testing for players before every game once the season resumes. Silver told players in a conference call earlier this month that he doesn’t want to resume if one positive test forces another hiatus. But the potential of a superstar such as LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard being sidelined for a mandatory quarantine period could still be devastating for the league’s credibility.Dudley said he believed the Lakers and most players are determined to isolate during any resumed games in pursuit of a championship. For the team’s superstars like James and Anthony Davis, Dudley anticipated the Lakers would be “wrapping them in a bubble and not letting them go anywhere.center_img “Bubble” might be the wrong word for the NBA’s plan.While the league’s discussions of using a single site location to resume games safely have heated up recently, players have been told that they’ll likely be granted the freedom to come and go despite concerns that COVID-19 could infiltrate their ranks and hinder a return to competition.Laker forward Jared Dudley characterized conversations with the player’s union as leaving some opening for players to have the ability to leave the site, even though there would be crushing competitive pressure to isolate in place. In a conference call with L.A. media Wednesday afternoon, Dudley said NBPA executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver indicated that some movement would be permitted.“It’s going to be a bubble in the sense of here’s gonna be your hotel where you stay at, here’s gonna be the gym where you play at, but you will be allowed to leave,” Dudley said. “Now just because you leave, if we’re gonna give you that leeway, if you come back with (COVID-19), you can’t play.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “I just think it’s something we have to sacrifice,” he said. “There’s a lot of money at stake. There’s a lot of stuff for fans. I think we owe it to fans to be able to play.”The NBA has taken tentative steps recently by allowing teams to return to facilities for individual sessions. Dudley was one of the Lakers who has worked out at the El Segundo headquarters in recent days, with court sessions spaced 12 feet from a single assistant coach. Going into the facility, Dudley has gotten temperature checks and had to use PPE for walking through the building – he likened it to visiting a hospital.While the court workouts are somewhat stilted by health guidelines, Dudley said the greatest benefit has come from using the weight room and the training table. Trainers are required to use gloves and masks when touching players, but the treatment offers an amenity most players can’t replicate at home.“I think it’s moreso now that I’ve been back in the training room in the facility, I’ve urged players, ‘Hey, we want to see guys come back and getting in there’ just for more of the training aspect of getting on the table,” he said. “Like I said, preventing injuries, tissue work, and that. Not necessarily for the court.”Dudley said he anticipates the season will resume directly with playoffs, with perhaps a two- or three-week training camp period. Silver is widely expected to make an official decision next month. The league still wants to play seven-game series throughout the playoffs to maximize their broadcasting potential and legitimize the eventual champion.The Lakers are one of the league’s oldest teams, and multiple players including James have expressed concern about getting back into playing shape in time for a shortened schedule. Dudley said he looked forward to expanding into group workouts to help get a rhythm back.“At a certain age, it’s kind of like once those wheels get going, you want them to keep going,” he said. “I can slow down, you don’t want it to stop.”Related Articleslast_img read more