Members of the Vermont State Employees Association will get a three percent salary boost under a new two-year contract, as well as an extra $1,500 payout in January.

The authorities say this is the largest salary increase in 20 years and is intended to attract and keep workers in state government, which has numerous unfilled posts.

Vermont Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi said: “The state of Vermont is an employer. Just like all employers, it’s a difficult time to attract and retain employees.

That $1,500 bonus is like a retention bonus.

“If employees stay with us until January, they will get that $1,500,”

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The plan, which goes into effect in July, also includes additional health benefits, such as hearing aid coverage.

The Vermont State Trooper’s Association is not covered by the agreement. They are still in the process of negotiating a new deal.

Source: WCAX

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