How hard is it going to be for the Douglas administration and the Vermont State Employees Association to reach a deal on $7.4 million in labor saving and avoid several hundred layoffs?
They have all the makings of the compromise. Both sides have found ways to save the money through a combination of furlough days and a reduction in the number of paid holidays, tapping some medical plan savings, eliminating a wellness program and tuition reimbursement. They each put offers on the table with this stuff. Seemingly they agree.
What the hangup? Some strings the administration wants to attach to this deal that relate to the two-year contract also under negotiation.
What else could make it difficult? Rhetoric.
See what you think about the most recent letters the two sides exchanged.
You can download the Thursday letter from Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville at this link http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/PDF/091809_Krausletter.pdf
You can download the Friday letter from VSEA Director Jes Kraus back to Lunderville at this link http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/PDF/091809_VSEAletter.pdf
-- Nancy Remsen
Labels: Douglas administration, Jes Kraus, Neale Lunderville, Vermont State Employees Association