After 20 hours at the bargaining table beginning Friday and continuing into Saturday morning, nurses from the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals reached a tentative agreement to settle their contract with the management of UVM Medical Center. Nurses will hold their ratification vote over the next week. Nurses won improvements in key areas areas including professional education, wages and scheduling.
"These are issues that we've been fighting for for years. This is a good agreement. It's a relief to settle this contract so we can get back to our patients." said Laurie Aunchman, acting President of the union.
"This agreement shows what's possible when nurses work together. More nurses than ever were actively involved in this process. That's why they got the agreement they did." said Ben Johnson, President of AFT Vermont, the parent organization of VFNHP.
The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (VFNHP), local 5221 represents nurses and health professionals at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. Our goal is to provide safe, effective, high quality healthcare to members of the community. By empowering our members to speak out and become agents of change in our working environments, we are able to achieve this goal.https://unitednurses.info/
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do. In Vermont, American Federation of Teachers represents professionals in health care and higher education, and hopefully soon in early education. http://vt.aft.org/
Source: VFNHP 6.27.2015. PHOTOS: Nurses are joined by community supporters at a "honk and wave" last week in Burlington.