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Vermont higher education faces the problem of chronic underfunding of its public postsecondary institutions that results in inadequate resources for instruction and academic support while creating an overreliance on tuition dollars. This problem has grown since a decision in the 1980s to pursue a "high tuition / high aid" approach for state funding, coupled with subsequent overall state disinvestment. AFT Vermont recognizes that these issues are at the core of the state's challenge in sustaining a high quality system of public higher education and this report proposes ways to turn back the


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We are fighting back and fighting forward.  Come talk with your colleagues about the year ahead.


September 27, 2014

9 AM to 4 PM

Stoweflake Resort

1746 Mountain Road, Stowe


We will also have a Reception from 4-6 pm, and you are welcome to join us for some casual conversation during that time.


Rsvp to 802.658.3113 or


AFT Vermont today joined with thousands of other AFT members across the country to Reclaim the Promise of public higher education, early education, and affordable, accessible health care. The group launched its 2014 legislative agenda and celebrated the support of two key Vermont state senators.

Watch the video here.

AFT Vermont President Ben Johnson kicked off the event, saying, "December the 9th is a Day of Action, and so on this occasion, we want to look forward to some of the things we will be doing this year to Reclaim the Promise of public higher education and early education." 

Nan Reid of


View the 40th Anniversary video of the Vermont State Colleges Faculty Federation, AFT hereTogether we can reclaim the promise.


MIDDLEBURY, VT -- On November 7th Porter nurses voted 72-58 to form their union and join Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, AFT Vermont. The nurses voted yes despite an onslaught of aggressive anti-union tactics by the hospital administration.

Because 16 of the votes cast were challenged by one side or the other and thus not counted, the National Labor Relations Board will hold hearings to determine the final tally.   

Alice Leo, RN, explained, “We voted yes for Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals because we want to be strong advocates for quality patient