Union talks with members on avoiding job cuts

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Leaders of the Vermont State Employees Association are talking with their members about how to avoid state job cuts.

Governor Jim Douglas has called for cutting 660 jobs. He says the jobs have to be eliminated needed because state revenues have fallen sharply.

Now, VSEA director Jes Kraus says he’s talking with union members about reopening their contract and offering concessions that would save the state money. He says that would mean layoffs might not be needed.

Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville says the jobs being targeted will be made known in about three weeks.

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