Letter: Game wardens still being treated unfairly

To the editor:

Several months ago, I wrote a letter in this paper concerning pay disparities that affect the state's game wardens. It is perhaps not surprising that now, during the summer and early fall of 2017, the situation has not changed, and that Vermont's game wardens are still treated differently than are other state employees in terms of benefits and retirement packages in spite of the often dangerous work in which they engage. They are not only treated differently — they are treated as second-class citizens. Game wardens are discriminated against, as they are the only state employees who are not able to reach full retirement compensation before being forced to retire from state service.

At this moment, the contract for game wardens is being negotiated. In my earlier letters I asked that those who felt so moved please get in touch with their legislators about this obviously unfair labor situation. At this point, given that the Legislature is not in session, contacting Governor Scott's office — right now — is of the utmost importance. That number is 802-828-3333. Please call and ask for fairness for the state's game wardens.

— Etan Nasreddin-Longo



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