Vermont NEA

John Freitag: A lesson in intransigence

If we want to preserve the good we have, it is best to make adjustments now and in a reasonable fashion, like the proposal to go to statewide negotiations for teachers’ health insurance.

VIDEO: Teachers union seeks to tar Scott over budget standoff

Vermont-NEA President Martha Allen said she feared a government shutdown, although the governor has said: “This isn’t D.C., and I will not shut down state government over this issue.”

Democrats fuel feud with Scott over teacher health care

Democrats have been using news releases, Facebook, and opinion pages in local newspapers to challenge Gov. Phil Scott.

Margolis: Teacher animosity tied to taxpayer anxiety

Demonizing teachers undermines schools.

John McClaughry: Seizing the teacher health insurance opportunity

Scott needs to drop his hasty, late in the game proposal to have the state (him) negotiate with the union. Then we should do what we did with teacher retirement in 1946.

Vermont Sierra Club Stands in Solidarity the Vermont-NEA

News Release – Vermont Sierra Club May 18, 2017 Robb Kidd Vermont Chapter Conservation Program Manager 802-505-1540 [email protected] In solidarity with the Vermont National Education Association the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club released this statement of support: Late in the legislative process, Governor Scott has demanded that health care for all public school teachers […]

Vermont-NEA on Governor’s Teacher Health Plan Proposal

News Release — Vermont-NEA May 17, 2017 Contact: Darren Allen 802.224.2403 (office) 802.839.8618 (mobile) Not So Fast: VEHI Has NOT Confirmed Economic Effects of Governor’s Plan to Gut Collective Bargaining and Upend Local Control Analysis cited this morning by governor’s office has not been reviewed by a VEHI co-trust administrator and once again was done […]

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.

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.

Confused about the debate over teacher health care contracts? Read this explainer

An important feature of the VEHI plans are Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Accounts that would be used to defray out of pocket costs for teachers.

Scott officials insist statewide teacher health care contract will save money

The tax commissioner said Monday that last week’s House floor debate was filled with “misinformation” about whether savings under the Scott-backed plan were real.

House Speaker casts tie vote killing statewide teacher health care contract

The House voted 74-73 to support Gov. Phil Scott’s plan to sweep up $26 million in health care savings through the creation of a statewide benefit.

House goes down to the wire on teacher health benefit contract

Republicans say they will refuse to suspend the rules if House Speaker Mitzi Johnson doesn’t agree to allow debate on the school tax bill.