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State accord advocates onsite child care.

About 5,400 employees of the State of Vermont were covered by a 2-year contract that provided for a 4.5percent pay increase on July 1, the day after the old agreement expired, followed by a 5.5 -percent increase on July 1, 1989. Employees also benefit from larger step or length of service wage increases. In addition, the employees receive step increases more frequently because the 15step pay progression schedule now enables them to attain maximum rates after 24.5 years of service instead of the previous 32.5 years. Under the old agreement, negotiated in 1986, pay reportedly averaged $19,500 a year.

The accord also featured efforts to establish child care programs for the workers. A large part of the $200,000 a year State allocation toward relieving the shortage of facilities was expected to be used to establish child care units at job sites and to help establish or improve child care centers in exchange for reserving a number of spaces for the State employees' children.

The State's self-funded health insurance features new education, screening, and testing measures intended to avert the need for medical care. The new preventive measures will be financed by a State obligation of $500,000 in the second year.
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Title Annotation:Vermont
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Jul 1, 1988
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