WORKING FOR HIGH QUALITY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE HEALTHCARE THAT'S AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYONE
The fact finding report has been released. Read it here.
The Employer Commissioners recently provided an update on the status of statewide healthcare negotiations to school board members throughout the state. More information can be found on our Resources for School Boards page.
The Vermont NEA has recently sent teachers and support staff to school board meetings with a prepared statement claiming that out-of-pocket costs will quadruple (or quintuple) based on the employer commissioners current proposal in negotiations. In response we've created a new section of our website devoted to helping school boards respond to this and other claims from the Vermont NEA.
The Employer and Employee Commissioners concluded three days of Fact Finding on August 12. The Vermont NEA argued that school districts have plenty of money from federal COVID relief funds to further subsidize healthcare costs for employees.
The Employer and Employee Commissioners met on July 7 for mediation. In the initial proposals, the Employee Commissioners raised four issues and the Employer Commissioners raised six; there was shared overlap on three of those issues.
Governor Scott Responds to H.81
Unfortunately, H.81 does not adequately address cost containment. To the contrary, it puts taxpayers on the hook for still higher costs by removing uniform cost-sharing arrangements for premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
WHO WE ARE
Established by Act 11 of 2018
The Statewide Commission on School Employee Healthcare Benefits was established via Act 11 of 2018. It created a 10 person commission charged with negotiating healthcare benefits for all school employees. The first round of bargaining completed in 2019 when an arbitrator selected the employees last, best offer. The next round of bargaining began April 1, 2021.