Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals
We are the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (VFNHP), Local 5221. We represent over 2,000 nurses and health professionals at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
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Last night, the VFNHP Bargaining Team spent over 3 hours hearing the same thing from management: The hospital will not agree to any financial proposals beyond the $1.3M for their charge and preceptor differentials proposals. Seven proposals, including increasing all...
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Dear members, Nurse contract bargaining began last night, and our Bargaining Team made 34 proposals across the table, while Management offered 11 proposals, only one of which was economic (Charge/Preceptor differential). Here are some of the highlights: Increased...
At the opening of VFNHP-Nurse negotiations with the UVMMC administration, all of the VFNHP proposals were designed to:* Protect and improve patient care * Provide safety and respect * Improve benefits and compensation to recruit and retain nurses and support...
ED Techs have the opportunity to vote on an updated job description for the ED Tech III role as part of career ladder negotiations. If approved by a majority of ED Techs, this updated job description would make it easier to progress to the ED Tech III role by...
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.
Our members are not only involved in the hospital setting, but also provide hands-on care to our extended communities in times of need. We are active members in policy-making decisions with the formation of laws affecting our professional practice and the communities we serve, at the state as well as the federal level.
As a union member, you are legally recognized to have specific rights and protections that you would otherwise not have as an “at will” employee. This protection comes in many forms and is outlined in your union contract. Our first union contract was one of the best health care ‘first contracts’ in the country, and through collective bargaining and an active membership, we have continued to improve upon it.
Technical Professionals Contract
Unit Staffing Collaboratives
Unit Staffing Collaboratives are a formal process of systemic evaluation of clinic and unit staffing practices. VFNHP members and the hospital analyzed data from each clinical area and developed staffing proposals to optimize patient care and unit operations. The resulting final plans will exist in the contract and continue to be refined through the interaction of the individual USCs and the Staffing Committee.
Unit Staffing Plans
We are a strong union of health care professionals organized to ensure access to high-quality health care for everyone in the communities we serve.