When Gov. Phil Scott signed Act 11 into law last year, the Commission on Public School Employee Health Benefits was created. This commission includes five voting members from school boards and school employees. Four of those on the educators’ side are Vermont-NEA members and one represents the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Since October 2018, our team has been meeting regularly to prepare for the first round of negotiations, which is slated to begin in April 2019. We want to be ready with the information, the proposals, and the priorities that will matter most for our fellow educators.
Put simply, our goal is to establish a health care package for educators that is equitable and affordable.
In some respects, our approach to bargaining is not all the different from what we’ve done on the local level for nearly half a century. We’re going to put our fellow educators’ interests at the forefront, back up our proposals with reason and facts, and fight diligently to reach a deal that is fair, equitable and affordable for Vermont’s educators.
We are fully aware of how the educator health care landscape has changed since the introduction of the high-deductible plans. We know that many educators have experienced unexpected bills, higher costs, and claims confusion. Our pledge is to address these issues as we bargain toward a fairer, more equitable, and affordable health care package.
Please check back here regularly for updates. And let us know your thoughts.