Working with our allies
In addition to the Vermont Workers’ Center, over the past years we have partnered with many wonderful people and organizations working to make Vermont better. Read up on some of the issues below.
VFNHP Members Reach Out
One important value of our collective strength is in our ability to give back to our local communities and share our capacity for giving with communities in need wherever they are. When opportunity, responsibility and need have collided, we have stepped up to provide vital assistance through donation of both “sweat equity” and necessary financial aid to our various communities in times of need and hardship.
In 2010, our members provided essential disaster relief after an earthquake devastated Haiti and, in 2011, we assisted with the cleanup and recovery efforts after Hurricane Irene inundated Vermont. VFNHP donated $5000 in disaster relief funds to AFT members, and $1000 to UVM Medical Center’s United Way matching fund drive. In 2012, our sister organization Vermont Medical Response Team donated more than $5,000 to assist with the Hurricane Sandy disaster. Much of these funds were donated by union members from various union organizations in the region.
VFNHP Disaster Relief
For weeks, various VFNHP members worked in Irene devastated communities in Waterbury, Moretown, and the surrounding areas. We heard local organizers greet us with statements like
“Oh, it’s the nurses! They’re always smiling.”
“We have a special job for you – one that takes great sensitivity, and great strength.”
Our volunteers helped to clear homes, buck up and remove fallen trees, clean, provide food, monetary donations, and give lots of energetic support.
A Great Honor
In 2012, VFNHP was awarded the Bayard Rustin Award at the biennial AFT National Convention for our work in Haiti, both immediately after the earthquake, as well as our continued involvement since. The award is given to an organization or individual whose who have distinguished themselves as exemplars of selfless commitment to promoting human rights and dignity and justice. Bayard Rustin was an organizer and an intellectual and is remembered as a courageous leader in the fields of human rights, civil rights, labor and democracy. In the United States, he is especially well known as a principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. However, his interests and accomplishments reached beyond the United States. Throughout his life, he defended democracy and opposed authoritarianism wherever they existed, from South Africa to Poland. This was the first time since the award was created in 1974 that a U.S. local union had been presented with this award. Other recipients since the award began in 1974 include Ernest Green, Civil Rights Activist (1st award), Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children’s Defense Fund, Rep. Shirley Chisholm, N.Y., and the South African Black Movement (Accepted by Cyprian Mahlaba).
Within days of the earthquake that struck Port Au Prince, Haiti on January 12, 2010, Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals was on the ground in full disaster relief mode. From that moment and for every week afterward for 6 months, we sent a new team of disaster relief and health care professionals.
“Bittersweet Goodbyes”: letter home from Jimani
“Of all the Disaster Relief organizations from around the world, Vermont was the best.”
Gradually, our work turned from disaster relief to public health. We worked closely with Quisqueya Crisis Relief and JP/HRO to provide public health care to communities in and around Port au Prince, communities that were still struggling many months after the earthquake. While we were doing public health work with our friends at JP/HRO, we were working with AFT national and CTSP – a Haitian public sector trade union, with grants from the Solidarity Center and NYSUT, in building capacity for CTSP’s community. Together in late 2010, we began the Workers Solidarity Clinic project in Port Au Prince to provide much-needed healthcare to their members. In August of 2011, the Workers’ Solidarity Clinic officially opened, seeing more than 100 patients in just a few days.
We are immensely grateful to all who helped on this journey, including those already mentioned, Jennifer Henry, Vermont Haiti Project, Pat and Jon Erickson, Art and Miquette McMahon, Jamie Cartwright, Beth Milbourne, Tenzin Manell, Ali Lamb, Justine Crowley, Billybert Audige, and then Eric Klein from CAN-DO (they donated the clinic dome), and Alison Thompson from WE ADVANCE – two amazing relief organizations worthy of your attention and donations.
By your side, On your side, Because we care.
We are all extremely proud of the work we have accomplished together in our community, at UVM Medical Center, and of our extraordinary achievements reaching out to others. The vitality and strength of our union depends on our members’ unique character and commitment, and we will continue to strive to maintain a strong union for Vermont and for our future.
Free healthcare clinics
Because our experiences providing disaster relief in Vermont and Haiti moved and inspired us so much, we began providing free health screen clinics to the Burlington area community in late 2011. We have since teamed up with the Vermont Workers’ Center to run free innovative clinics around the state. In addition to providing needed direct service through screenings, the clinics provide education about the links between human rights & health, and empower visitors to work together to meet community needs. We welcome volunteers and we welcome your skills – contact us at 802.657.4040 or email@example.com if you’re interested.
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Summary of Technical Professionals Tentative Agreement & Voting Info
Dear Technical Professionals, We reached a Tentative Agreement on our next contract! Before I get into the details of the agreement and next steps, I want to say how grateful I am to organize with all of you. The dedication that so many of you showed, especially our...
2/21 Technical Professionals Bargaining Update
We had our second to last scheduled bargaining session last night, and our first with a federal mediator present. Turnout at last night's meeting was incredible with Technical Professionals packing the room from the outset. This is exactly the kind of energy and...
2/15 Technical Professionals Bargaining Update
We had our 6th bargaining session last night during which we put across 6 proposals, Mgmt responded to 12 of our proposals, and we tentatively agreed on 3 Articles. We remain significantly far apart on economic articles with Mgmt failing to offer competitive...
2/8 Technical Professionals Bargaining Update
2/8 Technical Professionals Bargaining Update We had our fifth bargaining session with Management last night during which we shared 15 counter proposals and the Administration gave us 9. Outside of Management's proposals regarding call pay and differentials, we...
1/30 Technical Professionals Bargaining Update
We had our fourth bargaining session with Management last night, putting across several counters and also receiving responses from the Administration to several proposals we had shared at prior sessions. Here are the highlights of what was discussed last night:...
Technical Professionals Bargaining Kicks Off
Dear members, Technical Professionals contract bargaining began on Wednesday, and our Bargaining Team made 30 proposals across the table, while Management offered 27 proposals. Here are some of the highlights: Differentials- We proposed increased differentials...
2022-2023 Nurse Wage Scale
Summary of 7/5 Nurse Contract Tentative Agreement
Ratified Nurse Contract Agreement
Management’s Offer as of 6/15
Management did not offer any changes to this package at the 6/22 Bargaining Session. VFNHP- 615 Bargaining UpdateDownload
6/1 Bargaining Update
Nurses and Techs gathered in the McClure lobby to show solidarity with our Bargaining Team ahead of the 6/1 bargaining session. Contract negotiations have stalled, as we did not reach agreement at this week's session. VFNHP has given a package for the hospital to...
5/11 Nurse Bargaining and Incentive Update
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...
VFNHP Bargaining Update 5/4/22
Contract bargaining update 3Download
Nurse educator proposals 4/27/22
Educator Side Letter (1)Download
Bargaining Update #2
Contract bargaining update 2Download
VFNHP Proposals 4/6/2022
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...
Negotiations for all
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...
2022 VFNHP Nurse Bargaining Platform
Members Speak out for Safe Staffing and Quality Patient Care as staffing crisis continues.
TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS CONTRACT WINS
Articles 22-Wages, 23-Differentials, & 24 On-CallMarch 2023-Minimum of 6.5% base wage increase for all Technical Professionals. Go here for the full wage scale.-Minimum hourly wage: $19.66 -On-Call increases to $6.00/hr-On-Call bonus-Moving all Technical...
VFNHP Technical Professionals 2/21 Supposal
If Mgmt agreed to these proposals (including ours from above as well) Wages: Here is our 2/21 Wage Proposal. Differentials: Here is our 2/15 Differentials Proposal. On-Call/Call In: Here is our 2/21 On-Call/Call-In Proposal Article 2-...
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