Independent Vermont Gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina secured the endorsement of the Vermont State Employees Association Saturday, in what the Burlington Free press characterized as a blow against his Democratic opponent, Gaye Symington:
The union, which represents about 8,000 state workers, cited Pollina’s work on labor issues as an activist, as well as specific support he’s offered this year as the Douglas administration launched efforts to cut 400 state jobs through attrition.
“He understands the negative impact this cutting without a plan is having on Vermonters, and he is opposed to the kind of wholesale cutting going on right now,” said VSEA President William Harkness. “He has also been vocal about the issue of merit bonuses for the governor’s highest-paid executives, and he joined VSEA publicly in support of the whistleblower legislation passed this session.”
Harkness said a two-thirds’ vote of the union’s council was needed to approve the endorsement. “It was pretty clear, we had more than two-thirds,” he said.
The article cites a questionnaire from the union both candidates submitted in seeking the endorsement, noting that Pollina’s responses were more definitively in sync with the union’s political line.