On August 31, 2018, the Vermont Supreme Court upheld the Vermont Labor Relations Board`s interpretation of a collective agreement between the State of Vermont and the Vermont State Employee`s Association. In Kobe Kelley`s Re Grievance, 2018 VT 94. The question was whether an amendment to the family leave provisions of the Convention in 1999 limited a worker`s right to take more than six weeks of paid sick leave accrued during family leave due to his or her own serious illness. The Supreme Court upheld the Chamber`s conclusion that, although the parties` collective agreement contains relevant conflicting leave provisions and is therefore ambiguous, the evidence of the circumstances of the contractual negotiations showed that the parties did not intend to restrict the use of accrued sick leave. John J. Berard (802) 828-3454john.berard@vermont.gov Shelley Morton (802) 498-7350shelley.morton@vermont.gov Heidi Dimick (802) 505-8412Heidi.Dimick@vermont.gov Collective agreements (ABCs) between the State of Vermont Employee`s Association (VSEA) and the Vermont Troopers Association (VTA) establish a national committee on maintaining safety and health. The committee consists of four representatives selected by the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA), one representative selected by the Vermont Troopers Association (VTA) and four representatives selected by the state. Under the Treaty, the Committee`s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: these collective agreements are made available on the Internet for reasons of user-friendliness and to improve accessibility. Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy and consistency of this material with the official printed version. In the event of any discrepancy between the two, the official printed measure shall prevail. To file a complaint with the Safety and Health Maintenance Committee: Non-management contract (pdf)Supervision contract (pdf)Correction contract (pdf). . .

. Attorney Gary F. Karnedy served on the Vermont Labor Relations Board from 2009 to 2017 and served as its chair for three years. To download the full decision, click HERE… .