Protect Health Care Benefits & Bargaining Rights

URGENT – CALL YOUR STATE REP

Protect our health care benefits and bargaining rights.

Call and leave a message with the Sargent-at-Arms for your State Representative about the “Harrison Amendment.” They will ask for your name, phone number, and the town you live in and then for the message. It will take 30 seconds.

When to call?

Monday 3/19 and Tuesday 3/20

What time to call?

Between 7:45am – 4:30pm

What phone number to call?

802.828.2228

What message to leave?

“Please vote NO on the Harrison Amendment to H.911.”

Details on the Harrison Amendment to H.911

An amendment to the Education Funding bill (H.911) was introduced late Friday afternoon that would move forward Gov. Scott’s health care proposal from last year, beginning on July 1, 2018.

It is called the “Harrison Amendment” and would:

    • 80/20 premium cost share of the Gold CDHP on ALL school employees.
  • $400, $800 and $1200 out of pockets costs for ALL school employees based upon plan type (single, two-person/parent-child, or family), with employees responsible for the first dollar.
  • Mandate Health Savings Accounts for all school employees.
  • Totally removes health care from collective bargaining of any kind – local or statewide.
  • Total control of educator health insurance in the hands of the legislature and the Governor until at least 2022.

This is a call to action! Please contact your Vermont State Representative and ask them to VOTE NO on the Harrison Amendment. The vote is likely happening tomorrow, March 20th. If it passes, it would drastically change our health insurance benefits in very negative ways. Please see below for specific information.

WHAT: An amendment to the Education Funding bill (H.911) was introduced late Friday afternoon that would move forward Gov. Scott’s health care proposal from last year, beginning on July 1, 2018.

It is called the “Harrison Amendment” and would:

  • Mandate at 80/20 premium cost share of the Gold CDHP on ALL school employees (teachers and support staff).
  • Mandate at $400, $800 and $1200 out of pockets costs for ALL school employees based upon plan type (single, two-person/parent-child, or family), with employees responsible for the first dollar.
  • Mandate Health Savings Accounts for all school employees, except those who do not qualify for HSAs.
  • It would totally remove health care from collective bargaining of any kind – local or a statewide structure.
  • It would put total control of educator health insurance in the hands of the legislature and the Governor until at least 2022.  In 2022, some type of yet to be determined statewide “negotiations” could begin, if the legislature passed one into law by then.
  • A study committee comprised solely of legislators would be charged with coming up with the process for statewide negotiations to happen and present a plan with legislative language for passage by November 2019.

WHEN: We expect a vote on the “Harrison Amendment” to happen on the floor of the House on Tuesday March 20th.  We do not know exactly what time of day, but most likely late afternoon or early evening.

ACTION: Please leave a message for your State Representative at the State House in Montpelier on Monday and Tuesdayasking them to vote NO on the “Harrison Amendment.” Our hope this that you can call between the hours of 7:45am and 4:30pm on Monday and Tuesday.  Obviously, this can be very difficult during the school day, however, since you will only be leaving a message with a staff person at the State House it really should only take about 30-60 seconds.

To find your Representative(s), use this link: https://legislature.vermont.gov/people/search/2018

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