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26 October 2021

Nurses and health professionals at UVM Medical Center (UVMMC), Porter Medical Center and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) in Plattsburgh took the lead this year in fighting for safe staffing and quality patient care amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

The challenges came one after another. On top of a pre-existing staff shortage, in October 2020 UVMMC’s electronic health records system was hit by a ransomware attack that left it incapacitated for nearly four weeks, with ripple effects still being felt months later.

For inpatient X-ray technologist Mike Popovitch and his


Delegates to the AFT Vermont convention ratified the platform for the 2021-22 legislative session. The platform includes:

* Improve Healthcare for All Vermonters
* Increase Funding for Public Higher Education 
* Racial Justice
* Increase Vermont’s minimum wage
* Restrict public dollars sent to out-of-state colleges & universities & increase affordability for students
* Increase higher education funding to address the nursing shortage 
* Ensure rights for public sector workers 
* Institute a statewide family and medical leave insurance program 
* A Green New Deal for Vermont

Vermont leaders are sounding the alarm on highly regressive cuts being made to non-tenured faculty (lecturers) and staff at the University of Vermont.

The UVM administration plan a 25% pay cut to over 70 full-time lecturers. These educators make a little over $60,000 per year, on average. Many teach hundreds of students per semester. Part-time lecturers and staff members also face cuts. Lecturers make up more than half the UVM faculty.

Vermont political leaders are calling for the UVM administration to cut the salaries of highly paid UVM executives instead of putting the burden on its most


As nurses, healthcare professionals, faculty and higher education professionals in Vermont we are heartbroken and angry about the latest killing in Minnesota by the police of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Along with the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, it is a stark reminder that those who run this country and those who enforce their laws have no interest in systematically rooting out racism in this country.

Vermont’s population is 1.5% black, but of those testing positive for COVID-19, 3% are black.  This disparity is the direct result of an


On Friday, April 19th, the Vermont State Colleges' Administration announced a plan to close at the end of this semester:

    * Northern Vermont University at Lyndon
    * Northern Vermont University at Johnson, and
    * the Randolph campus of Vermont Technical College

This plan is drastic, rushed and devastating to the students, faculty, staff and communities of these colleges. The VSC Board of Trustees plans to take a vote on this plan on Monday 4/20.

Can you BEFORE Monday:

1. Contact the VSC Board of Trustees and ask them to delay this vote.

2. Contact your state legislators and ask them to ask

AFT Vermont nurses and healtcare profesionals at UVM Mecial Center, Porter Medical Center, Brattleboro Medical Center and the Community Health Center of Burlington have asked the Governor to:

·      Expand State funding for the purchase of PPE.

·      Direct all Vermont businesses who have a current supply of PPE, which is not being used by essential workers, to turn over their inventory to the Vermont Emergency Management Office, who will then distribute to our local healthcare facilities in need. For example; business that are closed such as, nail salons, construction and trades, tattoo