VSEA offers cost cutting proposal

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The administration of Gov. Jim Douglas is reviewing a proposal made by the Vermont State Employees Association that the union says could prevent more job cuts.

VSEA director Jes Kraus did not release any information about the proposal on Friday but says details could be available today.

The governor has proposed laying off 660 state workers to trim next year’s budget.

He has said reducing worker benefits, pay cuts or furloughing state workers are not an option because of the union’s contract with the state.

On Friday, the union’s bargaining units of the areas affected by possible layoffs met to talk about whether they would accept pay or benefit changes to prevent some of the job cuts and voted unanimously to present a proposal to the administration.

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