If the former president of the AFL-CIO and AFT Vermont can learn, perhaps there is hope for Vermont politicians.
Does Vermont have too many state workers? Not enough? Vote for Vermont co-hosts Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley interview VSEA Executive Director Steve Howard about issues affecting the state employees union.
Local school boards in Vermont are now responsible for negotiating an 80/20 split in payment of health care premiums or finding the savings elsewhere in their budgets.
The reality is just now coming home to the teachers that their Cadillac policies are expiring and can’t be replaced without substantial penalty. Fortunately for the teachers, Gov. Scott has come up with a plan that will fund Health Savings Accounts for them, essentially holding teachers harmless by paying the higher deductibles in the new “non-Cadillac” plans.
Gov. Phil Scott wants to reshape how teacher healthcare contracts are negotiated, having them done at the state level rather than the supervisory union level. He says this initiative could save the state $26 million.