2015 Contract: Respect and Dignity
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As dedicated Vermont state employees we are the frontline experts in our fields. We provide essential services to Vermonters every day in safe, efficient, and effective ways.
We believe that employment issues should be addressed by management and labor through good faith collective bargaining that allows greater transparency and effective public service.
We are appalled to read that legislators are seeking to intervene in the next round of collective bargaining. We strongly object to the attempts to meddle and publicly pressure state employees to reopen their contract.
We are concerned that management is in a race to the bottom. The privatization of public work, the erosion of collective bargaining agreements, the constant threat of layoffs, and increases in health care costs are taking a toll on the quality of public services that state employees provide. This race to the bottom, as demonstrated by years of budget cuts, austerity, and retrenchment, has damaged morale and eroded employee retention.
We ask Vermont decision makers, legislators and administrative officials to respect the collective bargaining process. Stop addressing Vermont’s perpetual budget deficits by cutting state services, wages and benefits. Instead we ask, as dedicated state employees, that you lead the state with a vision beyond the deficits and work to resolve our state’s continual budget crises through raising alternative sources of revenue.
We believe Vermont works best when we all have work with dignity, earn fair wages, benefits and have safe and healthy working conditions that are bargained in good faith with respect for the collective bargaining process.
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