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 letterhead-template-TT2.dot 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