Membership and Benefits

What you need to know

As a VFHNP member, you are entitled to important and valuable benefits. It is vital to the health and strength of our union and our community that we build a foundation of equitable and secure high quality benefits, resources and programs for our members. The advantages of membership are many, and keep increasing through your hard work and commitment.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is our parent organization. They offer many significant benefits to our members such as shopping discounts, travel/entertainment discounts, legal/financial services, insurance services and health benefits; just to name a few.

FAHC provides all employees with a benefits package that includes such things as retirement benefits, medical/dental/vision, life insurance and short and long-term disability. Click here for the 2013 FAHC Employee Benefits Guide, and here for the 2012 Summary Benefit Plan (SBP).

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that was put into place by the US Department of Labor and entitles all employees covered by the act to take unpaid, employment protected leave for specific medical and family reasons. It also entitles you to the uninterrupted continuation of the same group health insurance coverage that you enjoyed prior to taking leave. FAHC must legally abide by the FMLA and extend its benefits to all employees and VFNHP members. Some restrictions do apply; read the material carefully.

Articles 34 and 35 of our contract outline specific procedures related to filing for FMLA. If you or a family member become seriously ill or fall into any of the categories listed in these articles, immediately file for FMLA. Doing so will help protect your job, and your benefits. Members that do not file for FMLA immediately may increase the risk of losing their jobs and/or their benefits. Do not wait for your manager or supervisor to suggest applying for FMLA, the responsibility is yours. For FMLA forms, contact the Human Resources department at 802.847.2825, toll-free 800.722.9922, or

Who to contact

If you have any questions or concerns about FMLA, other benefits of membership, or would like a membership card (application), please contact the Union Office 802.657.4040 or email for more information.



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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Proposed Ophthalmology Career Ladder

Ophthalmology Techs have the opportunity to vote on updated job descriptions as well as an updated wage scale as part of career ladder negotiations. If approved, these changes would update our job descriptions to reflect our current practices, eliminate the OA I level...

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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.

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