Vermont seeks compromise on temp worker legislation

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MONTPELIER (AP) - The Shumlin administration says it is willing to consider offering permanent jobs to some long-time temporary workers but doesn't back a Vermont State Employees Association bill.

Vermont Public Radio reports that the proposed legislation would require that temps who work more than 1,040 hours per year be offered fulltime government employment. Temps don't get paid sick days or other benefits, and union officials argue that the increasing reliance on them has undercut workers' rights and deteriorated the quality of services delivered by government agencies.

Jeb Spaulding, secretary of the Agency of Administration, says reliance on temps has not increased in recent years, and that in most cases, hiring them makes sense. He said the administration is working on a compromise with the union and lawmakers.


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