What employee segment am I in?
At this time, the Statewide Bargaining Agreement applies to the following active school employees:
- Licensed teachers: Employees of Vermont school districts and supervisory unions providing employment services requiring a professional teacher's license from the Vermont Agency of Education;
- Licensed administrators: Employees of Vermont school districts and supervisory unions providing employment services requiring a professional administrator's license from the Vermont Agency of Education;
- Non-licensed school employees: For the purposes of retirement and collective bargaining, non-licensed school employees are generally defined as "municipal employees". Municipal employees are defined in 21 V.S.A Section 1722.
The great majority of non-licensed school employees fall under the definition of "municipal employees" - para-educators, administrative and clerical employees, bus drivers, kitchen workers, computer-technology staff, and custodian/maintenance staff, etc. - and will therefore be covered under the terms of the statewide agreement.
However, there are some school positions considered "exempt" under law, meaning they are not subject to a school district's collective bargaining agreement and the employees in these positions are excluded from joining a local school union as a condition of employment. For example, business managers are exempt employees, as well as confidential administrative personnel; there are others.
If you are in an "exempt" position as defined by 21 V.S.A. Section 1722, please consult your superintendent about your health benefits.
If you are uncertain if you are an "exempt" position as defined by 21 V.S.A. Section 1722, please consult your superintendent, the central office staff or a local union representative.