The board said it offered a 4.76 percent average raise for each of the next four years. Health care is a sticking point too. The union criticized the decision “to walk away rather than keep talking.”
They are sending a plan to the governor to create another chance in the future to move collective bargaining to the state level. But it doesn’t capture the savings Scott sought now.
In this first installment of a new podcast, VTDigger’s Mark Johnson and Elizabeth Hewitt break down the political maneuvering over teacher health care that led to the breakdown of adjournment.
They characterized the plan, which the governor has said would save the state $26 million, as a political ploy to violate their collective bargaining rights.
Ahead of lawmakers’ return for an unbudgeted 19th week of this session, progress is slow.
The workers are seeking to have the hospital hire more staff and to pay a base wage of $15 per hour, among other things.