Retirement Program Proposed For State Hospital Employees

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The Shumlin administration and the union representing Vermont state workers are in talks about a possible retirement incentive program for workers at the now-closed Vermont State Hospital.

The administration announced last month that 78 people who had worked at the Waterbury hospital before it was closed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene would be laid off as of mid-April.

Now an official with the Vermont State Employees’ Association says the union is in talks with the administration about a retirement incentive program that could pay employees up to $15,000 over two years.

Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says the incentive would go to employees who are eligible to retire, but haven’t done so.

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