- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - State employees are claiming victory after the Vermont Labor Relations Board sided with their contract offer that calls for state workers to receive raises of 2 percent and 2.25 percent.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/1Wf8wbI ) Vermont State Employees Association President Dave Bellini said Wednesday that it’s the beginning of a new day after the board ruled in a 3-2 decision that the union’s two-year contract proposal was more reasonable than the state’s.

The state had offered raises of 1 percent and 1.25 percent for most employees. The ruling means the state would bear about $11 million of the cost of the contract. The state’s offer would have cost about $5.5 million over the same period.

House Speaker Shap Smith says he’d keep a commitment to fully fund the contract

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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