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
State supported higher education provides opportunities for children of working families to earn a degree and live a middle class life. State colleges and universities also provide workers opportunities to further their careers with affordable continuing education and certifications. Whether it is an early educator who wants to provide the best possible service for the children she cares for, or a recent high school graduate who isn’t sure yet what he wants to do for his career, Vermonters should have access to high quality, affordable higher education.
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Sodexo, the company with the contract to provide food for students, staff and faculty at the Vermont State Colleges and at UVM, has slashed employees benefits purportedly because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)--and then told employees that they are not allowed to talk about the reductions.
Hundreds of students, staff, faculty and community members have stood up and asked Sodexo to restore their hours.
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“In these negotiations, we find that we are once again fighting to ensure that Fletcher Allen respects the importance of our work, improves staffing, and continues working with us to ensure our ability to follow best practices and provide safe patient care. We Put Patients First every day, and we ask the same of Fletcher Allen.”