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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
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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

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I hope you are all staying safe and healthy in this dystopian moment. I have been working with the patient population affected by this pandemic and it has been eye opening how ill- prepared we were as a country to deal with something of this magnitude. We need to continue to push to get front line workers the supplies and equipment they need. We need to make sure our Higher Ed colleagues are not being punished for circumstances beyond their control.

As the Covid-19 crisis is unfolding, AFT Vermont members are organizing and fighting for ourselves, our families, our students and our patients.

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On May 9th, 2019, a majority of the 100 Professional Staff at the Community Health Centers of Burlington voted YES to organize a union with AFT Vermont.
 
This group of staff includes Healthcare Providers (Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners), Behavioral Health / Social Work Staff and Registered Nurses. 

Community Health United: Our mission is to let every voice be heard and to show every worker respect, so that our patients benefit from that same healing sense of belonging. We believe in each other, and our ability to contribute constructively to the decisions that affect our

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Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.

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Click here for the printable AFT Vermont Lobby Days 2019.

Wednesday, January 30: 11a-5:30 (4p Reception for Legislators)

Wednesday, February 20: 7:30a-1p (8a Coffee for Legislators

Wednesday, March 20: 10a-2p

For all Legislative Action Days

* Orientation/Update
* Meet with your State Senators and Representatives
* Noon: Working Vermont Legislative Caucus

* Hearings on key bills (if possible)
* Next steps—take the fight back to your workplace & legislative district

 

AFT Vermont members  have ratified a  2019-20 Legislative Agenda that includes:

* Free Tuition at VSC and UVM for all Vermonters

* Improve

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