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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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
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...
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...
Proposed ED Tech Career Ladder Update
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...
VFNHP Bargaining Update 5/4/22
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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.