The Labor Commission of the VT Progressive Party remains very disappointed that the Shumlin Administration appears to be pushing toward imposition of contracts with the VSEA Executive Branch Unit– something which has not happened in 20 years. The relative inaction by the Shumlin Administration, along with the anti-worker intervention in VSEA bargaining made last April by the Chairs of two key House Committees (see Johnson-Sweaney letter), demonstrates a serious lack of respect for the collective bargaining process.
However, Vermont’s Labor Movement is standing strong behind its sisters and brothers at VSEA in demanding a fair contract, and urging the Shumlin Administration to work quickly to reach a settlement rather than having a contract imposed. This Wednesday, the Progressive Party Labor Commission came together with union members and activists across the state to hold a solidarity action with state workers. Our goal was to send a strong message that we stand with VSEA workers, and against the undermining of collective bargaining rights in our state. Progressive legislators were also on hand to support a fair contract for state workers (Click here for the press statement from Wednesday’s event ; Click here for the ASFCME 1674 Statement).
BACKGROUND: The VPP Labor Commission is a caucus of the Vermont Progressive Party comprised of progressive members of unions throughout the state. The aim of this commission is to investigate and take action on issues important to Vermont’s Labor community. In February the Progressive Party passed a resolution in support of state workers.