teacher health care

Rutland school board says talks with teachers at impasse

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.”

Margolis: How to win by losing

Scott has been in the enviable position of looking like the governor who is trying to cut taxes. Being the governor when the state parks shut down for even a few days is a very unenviable position.

Smith: The political big one

The worst thing for a party, even one as strong as the Vermont Democrats, is to have working families and small businesses feel they are taking a back seat to a special interest group.

Lawmakers leave teacher negotiations untouched, for now

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.

The Deeper Dig: The $26 million question

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.

Panel finalizes state budget, paving way for adjournment

The plan reflects some of the governor’s priorities, yet he has threatened a veto over teacher benefits. “I don’t see what there is in this budget for him not to like,” said House Appropriations Chair Kitty Toll.

Hundreds of teachers, allies protest Scott’s health care plan

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.

UPDATED: Legislative leaders say they’ve reached an impasse

Top Democrats say the House and Senate will move ahead with remaining legislation even without the governor’s support and adjourn as early as the end of the week.

Unions vs. school boards: Who has upper hand in bargaining?

Local officials feel overmatched by the union’s million-dollar team of strategists. The union says it needs the help to counter the education establishment and practice a fundamental right.

Speaker introduces new teacher health insurance plan into end-of-session mix

Mitzi Johnson says her plan would address concerns about teacher benefits that are holding up adjournment. The Senate president wouldn’t comment, while unions rejected it.

House due back Wednesday, Senate TBD

Ahead of lawmakers’ return for an unbudgeted 19th week of this session, progress is slow.

Don Turner: Statewide teachers’ health plan a rare opportunity

Last week, a broad and bipartisan coalition of 52 Republicans, 16 Democrats, and six independents came together in support of the governor’s plan.

Vermont Democratic Party: Vermont House and Senate Democrats Protect Collective Bargaining, Lower Property Taxes

News Release — Vermont Democrats May 11, 2017 CONTACT: Conor Casey, VDP Executive Director (802)-229-1783 [email protected] Montpelier, VT – Today House and Senate Democratic Leadership reached a budget compromise that protects collective bargaining rights for teachers while reducing property taxes by $13 million. The proposal rejects the Governor’s plan to strip the rights of teachers […]

Vermont-NEA: Legislative Plan to Harness Savings from New Health Insurance Plans Protects Collective Bargaining for Educators

News Release — Vermont-National Education Association May 11, 2017 Contact: Darren Allen 802.224.2403 (office) 802.839.8618 MONTPELIER – Legislative leaders today presented a plan that would generate the property tax savings sought by Gov. Phil Scott without the need to erode the collective bargaining rights of educators or to strip power from locally elected and accountable […]