Stop trying to eliminate health benefits for new faculty hires!
  • Petitioned University of Vermont Administration

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University of Vermont Administration

Stop trying to eliminate health benefits for new faculty hires!

    1. Peter Spitzform
    2. Petition by

      Peter Spitzform

      Essex Junction, VT

United Academics has gone a long way to try to work with the University of Vermont administration as they attempt to meet new accounting standards in which the future cost of retiree healthcare benefits must be reported as a liability, creating a distorted picture of UVM's financial health. Our bargaining team has brought to the table several proposals that would address the accounting concerns while also safeguarding crucial health benefits for retired workers. Yet the administration has been reluctant to consider any solution except to eliminate retiree healthcare benefits for all future hires. The administration's proposal will not have the effect of alleviating any short-term budget woes for UVM.  The effect this proposal will have is to create two tiers of faculty: those who receive this substantial benefit of retiree health coverage and those who are denied it. We, the undersigned, are University of Vermont faculty who stand with United Academics in opposing the administration's plan to eliminate retiree healthcare benefits for future employees and who call on the administration to find a solution that maintains meaningful support for retiree health care for the next generation. In addition to it being the right thing to do to stand up for retiree health benefits, it will also keep our union strong by demonstrating to new faculty that we will not sacrifice their interests by protecting those of us hired before them.

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    • Brenda Beaudette-Kaim COLCHESTER, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      Health benefits should trump the dollar, especially when the dollar is used grotesquely.

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    • Brian Tokar E. MONTPELIER, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      As a part-time lecturer with NO UVM benefits, I still resent this effort by the admin. to divide the full time faculty. Solidarity is always the key.

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    • Sara Helms Cahan WESTFORD, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      People's real health benefits have to go because they have been moved into a different accounting column?? The administration needs to fight the right adversary here.

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    • Deane Wang SHELBURNE, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      The path to a dollar driven life is filled with small steps in the wrong direction. This is the wrong direction.

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    • Beth haggart BURLINGTON, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      Healthcare is one of the most important benefits for faculty, esp. on retiring...

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