State Employees Recommit to Building Member-Driven Organizing Union

June 23rd the VSEA Board voted to name Steve Howard as the union’s new Executive Director. Board members made it clear that they like the recent direction that VSEA has taken: stepped-up internal organizing and first-ever external organizing, improved efforts to empower frontline workers, enhanced steward training, the successful introduction of “open bargaining”, as well as increased grassroots legislative and political action. Steve explains that, “The members decided ...to become a much more member-driven (union, including) organizing around issues that are not necessarily just subjects of the contract. Issues now regularly include non-contract working conditions ...The more powerful the union … the better the results for both the worker and for state government."