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Welcome to our strong and vibrant union!
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.
You have joined a group of professional health care workers who in October of 2002, after fighting for a real voice in their own profession, won a resounding right to that voice by a 2:1 margin. We continue to organize on every unit and throughout the hospital to ensure that we have safe staffing, healthy working environments, and that we all Put Patients First.
Should it be necessary at any time, you have the right to have union representation with you in disciplinary meetings, and to a fair and methodical grievance process. Your member colleagues have won many successes through the grievance process, from fighting unfair discipline to effecting change in unhealthy work sites. Perhaps most importantly, you now have a right to bring your voice into your workplace, and have your voice make a difference.
Health care professionals are held in extremely high regard by the community at large, and we take that honor very seriously. We give back to the community we love and serve through health care screening clinics, disaster relief both here at home or in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and extending our clinical and support services wherever else we can.
Deb Snell RN
It is important to remember that each of us, together, are our union.
VFNHP plays an active role in advancing state and federal legislation on issues important to us and to our patients. We were instrumental in the passage of a Whistleblower Protection Bill in Vermont, and we worked on a bill banning Mandatory Overtime for all Vermont health care workers, despite the fact that we have already secured that protection in our contract.
VFNHP has been very active in Vermont’s healthcare reform process to ensure that we continue to have the tools we need to best serve our community, and that all Vermonters will be able to access quality, affordable health care well into the future.
Our work together has not only improved staffing levels dramatically, it has improved retention providing continuity of care and maintaining a level of expertise in our workplace that is second to none. Our work as a union has also improved the quality of care we deliver, in part, through an innovative program called the Model Unit Process, which was developed by our union and negotiated with Fletcher Allen.
It is important to remember that each of us, together, are our union.
Each one of us, when we organize and work together, can bring real, lasting, positive change. We have done so together since our union was formed and we will continue to do so everyday.
Welcome to the team!
Deb Snell RN, VFNHP President
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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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