Legislative Priorities 2020

VGEA’s 2020 legislative agenda:

Our overarching goal is to introduce all new legislators to VGEA representatives and familiarize the new legislators with the purpose, concerns and goals of the VGEA.

Some of the highlights of our agenda are as follows:

  1. Across the board 3% raise for state employees. (Note: a 1% increase would have a cost of roughly $45,000,000.)

  2. Targeted raises/incentives following on the findings of the Carr study.

  3. Support an increased minimum wage (“livable wage”) for state employees. Several bills have been proposed concerning the increase of the minimum wage, including the rollout of additional increases over time.

  4. Health insurance incentive program to provide a credit for each day certain activity goals are met. Efforts in this area will be directed at retirees at first. Our efforts will keep in mind that these benefits could be applicable to all current employees as well.

Of the roughly 100 bills in the House and Senate already identified as key legislation for VGEA members, several categories are evident:

Employment protections affecting those applying for state positions and those who already hold state positions is one of the biggest areas of legislation. Specific topics within employment protections include:

  • preference for applicants and employees with disabilities,

  • restrictions on salary inquiries,

  • protections against heat illness,

  • protections against discrimination over pregnancy or childbirth,

  • protections against discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity.

Other topics of interest to VGEA members include: 

  1. Competitiveness of teacher salaries. (Note: local city and county budgets have recently included salary increases for teachers.)

  2. Raising of the minimum wage.

  3. Collective bargaining allowances, recognizing and permitting the roles of unions and associations to negotiate and advocate on behalf of state employees.

  4. Earned sick leave.

  5. Family and Medical Leave program.

  6. Health Care plans, including offerings, protections and enhancements.

  7. Virginia Retirement Systems enhancements and allowances, such as Accidental Death & Dismemberment compensation, health care credits, and ability to return to work.

  8. Broadening of worker’s compensation benefits.

  9. Overtime compensation.

  10. Creation of the Virginia Health Benefit Exchange.

  11. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) worker safety protections.

  12. Expansion of scope of Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement Systems, to include Department of Motor Vehicles employees, and Department of Conservation and Recreation employees.

Lastly, several studies are being undertaken which may be of interest to VGEA members and constituents. These include studies on the Department of Corrections, teacher compensation and competitiveness, health care spending, and prescription drug affordability.

What VGEA Members Are Saying:

  • This organization (VGEA) provides highest quality support for active and retired public employees…

    Dan Moon
  • VGEA is our Voice in Richmond!

    Judy Franklin
  • VGEA is Your Connection that has the strength of numbers and influence to demand that our issues are addressed.

    April Mela
  • I’m impressed with the VGEA’s General Assembly accomplishments, particularly in the last few years.

    Terry Alfred
  • Thank you, VGEA, for all you do for State employees. Your effort and dedication are much appreciated.

    Jayne Fanshaw, Longwood University
  • VGEA is wonderful and has our best interests at heart…it is truly the voice of the people.

    Joan Stromberg, ABC
  • Thank you, (VGEA) you do a great job representing us! 

    Karen Poff
  • The cellphone discounts I’ve gotten through VGEA have probably been enough to pay my association dues for the rest of my life!

    L.F., Department of Corrections
  • “I saved $200 this year just by changing to Liberty Mutual for car insurance. That’s how much the VGEA insurance discount was – twice my dues!”

    J. L. Stone
  • Great organization and I’m proud to be a member. VGEA worked tirelessly to ensure state employees received a 3% raise this year and not tied to revenue projections. VGEA is our voice to state government. I wish more state employees would join, there is strength in numbers.

    Carolyn Bethea

Representing the Commonwealth’s Employees and Retirees

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